You can begin using the King Library and its resources as soon as you receive your student ID and create your MySJSU password. This is what you will use to sign in to the library's ebooks and databases.
I also highly recommend that you create the three accounts listed in the tabs above. These will help you with your research and let you get the most out of the library's resources.
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RefWorks allows you to create a personal database of references. It uses these to automatically generate bibliographies in APA style--a huge timesaver! To create an account:
Note: While RefWorks is a great tool for generating your References page in APA style automatically, always double-check it! The information it uses to generate citations can sometimes be incomplete or in the wrong format.
Interlibrary Loan lets you get books* and articles you need that the King Library doesn't own. To create an account:
1. Click the Interlibrary Loan link below
2. When this page opens, click the "First-Time User? Set Up Your Account " link
3. Agree to the terms and conditions
4. Complete the New User Registration form. IMPORTANT: Fill in the following fields this way:
5. You're done! To learn more, watch Interlibrary Loan: Placing a Request. (Note: this short video mentions picking up print books. For distance students, print books are delivered to your home.)
*SJSU will mail books to you for free but you are responsible for mailing them back. If you would like to avoid this small charge, see if your local public library offers an Interlibrary Loan service. You may be able to request and return a book for no cost.
August 2018 Update
The library added a Google Scholar tab to its main search box. If using this option, you will not need to customize the Google Scholar settings on your own computer, unless you would like to activate the Import into RefWorks option.
Google Scholar lets you look across all of the scholarly content online--including the library's databases--with a single search, but first you have to set your preferences to San Jose State. You can do this by following the directions written here or by watching the Customizing Google Scholar video below.
Note: You'll notice WorldCat is a default search for Google Scholar. WorldCat is a union catalog that itemizes the collections of over 70,000 libraries in almost 200 countries. By keeping it among your Google Scholar results, you'll be able to see some titles that would otherwise not pop up. The King Library may not own them, but they can always be ordered through Interlibrary Loan.
You can also save citations you find in Google Scholar directly to your RefWorks account. To set this preference: