ICSM The Power of Water

The Power of Water

Water Texture

Library Instruction objectives:

1.    Gain the ability to search the library catalog for books

2.    Execute a request for books and articles the library does not own through Interlibrary loan (ILL)

3.    Gain the ability to search for scholarly (academic or peer reviewed) articles

4.    Find news stories in a local paper about water

​Photo by: Ian Britton

Library Books

Find Books in the library's ebook collection:
By clicking on one of the subjects, below, you'll find every book in the datbase Ebrary that is about that particular subject.   Select Books:

Best Bets: Databases

Multidisciplinary: these multidisciplinary titles are good for searching any topic:
  • Academic OneFile
    Peer-reviewed, full-text articles from journals and reference sources. Coverage includes the sciences, technology, medicine, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Also includes transcripts and audio from all National Public Radio programs. Available in both PDF and HTML full-text; updated daily. Coverage is from 1980-present.
  • Academic Search Premier
    Multi-disciplinary database which includes a large collection of peer-reviewed journals in many areas of academic study including: archaeology, area studies, astronomy, biology, chemistry, ethnic & multicultural studies, law, mathematics, music, physics, psychology, religion & theology, women's studies, and other fields.  Coverage varies, but begins in the 1990s for most journals.
  • General OneFile
    Current journal and news information in humanities, education, business, science, art, politics, economics, social sciences, law, health care, computers, technology and environmental issues.
  • ProQuest Research Library
    From business and political science to literature and psychology, ProQuest Research Library™ provides one-stop access to a wide range of popular academic subjects. The database includes more than 5,060 titles—over 3,600 in full text—from 1971 forward. It features a highly-respected, diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers.
News: these library database aggregate many newspaper titles:
  • Gannett Newsstand Complete
    Contains over 85 Gannett newspapers, 6 of which are New York newspapers. These include the Ithaca Journal (Full-text for 2002 - present), Poughkeepsie Journal, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Journal News (White Plains), Press and Sun-Bulletin (Binghamton) and Star-Gazette (Elmira).
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Full-text access to continuously updated news, law, and business information. Highlights: News: newswires, transcripts, regional, national/international news, & Gallup Polls; Legal: law review articles, federal case law, and federal/state codes; Business: company profiles, country profiles, and SEC filings; People: directories from the entertainment industry, elected officials, executives, politicians, and obituaries.  Also has a section that includes full-text of several health newsletters and abstracts of articles in major medical journals.
Images (photos, film, and art):
  • AP Images
    A database of over 160 years of history as witnessed by The Associated Press. Photos: more than 3.6 million photographs from 1825 to today, with about 3,000 new photos added every day.  Graphics: more than one hundred thousand graphics, including maps, timelines, logos and graphs.  Audio: over 4,500 hours of audio clips from the 1920s forward.  Links to hourly newscasts on the home page under the audio tab. Note: This database may be used for educational purposes only. Images may not be posted on the Web or otherwise made available electronically to anyone outside the Ithaca College community. These images may not be republished or distributed in newspapers, newsletters, magazines, brochures, catalogs, yearbooks, calendars, posters, or similar materials.
  • ARTstor
    Database of more than 1,000,000 digital images representing visual and material culture across cultures and time periods. Documents the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design, as well as many other forms of visual culture. ARTstor tools enable the ability to save groups of images online for personal and classroom use. IC's Visual Resources Collection (VRC) of over 20,000 images is now available. Look for the Ithaca College-Visual Resouces Collection link in the lower middle section of the page.
  • Image Collection
    Search for articles with images across EBSCO databases using the Image Search interface.  Thumbnails will display in the results list when using this interface.
  • Life Photo Archive (hosted by Google)
    Searchable archive of photos from the magazine Life. Also arranged by decade for browsability.
  • NYPL Digital Library
    Images digitized from the collections of the New York Public Library, includes illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, and illustrated books. Images may be downloaded 'for a wide range of educational, creative, and research purposes'.  High resolution images may be obtained for personal or commercial if permission is obtained from the NYPL Photographic Services and Permissions division.
  • Prelinger Archives
    Over 48,000 films, over 90 old time radio audio clips, 2,000 game videos, 250 independent news clips and much more (including educational films, advertisements and industry films)
  • SnagFilms
    Full length commercially supported documentary films that can be streamed anywhere on the web. Currently includes 2,100 films.
Humanities (History, Literature, Music, Religion)
  • ATLA religion database with ATLASerials
    Religion index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays.
    Subject=Water  ; Subject=Deluge 
  • Literature Online (LION) with MLA  (NOTE: this database will be cancelled July 21st, 2013; it will be replaced by a free-standing subscription to the MLA index).
    JSTOR provides access to academic journals and primary sources in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.
  • Project Muse
    Project MUSE offers full-text current and archival articles from 600+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, gender studies, and more. Updated continually.
  • MLA International Bibliography
    The MLA International Bibliography is a classified listing and subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics which has been compiled by the Modern Language Association of America since 1926.
  • Naxos Music Library
    A comprehensive collection of classical music available online. It includes the complete Naxos, Marco Polo and Dacapo catalogues of over 85,000 tracks, including Classical music, Jazz, World, Folk and Chinese music. While listening, you can read notes on the works being played as well as biographical information on composers or artists.  Works best on library computers with Internet Explorer. 
  • PARABOLA (magazine):  ATLA Religion Database indexes this magazine but it is not fulltext.  Note: Ithaca College Library has this in print.  If you can't come to the library, try an Interlibrary Loan request.
  • Try a search for "water" in this database that provides general overviews and analysis of literary texts.
  • Perseus Digital Library
    Links to over 30,000 images of Architecture, Archaeological Sites, Coins, Vases, and Sculpture from the ancient world.
  • Biological Abstracts
    Provides abstracts and bibliographic references to journal items focusing on vital biological and medical research findings, pharmacological studies, and discoveries of new organisms. Includes some linked full text.
  • ScienceDirect
    Full-text scientific, technological, medical journals; subjects covered include biology, biochemistry, business management and accounting, chemistry, computer science, economics, finance, environmental science, mathematics, medicine, neuroscience, nursing, physics, psychology, education, and communication. Includes access to selected full-text reference books. Indexing/Abstracts to additional titles.
  • GreenFILE
    An index drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. GreenFILE provides a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment. Nearly 300,000 records (full text for selected titles) from scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports.
  • National Geographic Magazine: Water: A Special Issue

Searching for local news

Find your local newspaper:

  • Newslink
    Portal to newspapers, radio and t.v. stations, magazines, and international news. Can browse by state or search by city.  If you don't know the title of your local paper, use this to look it up.

  • Search the title of the newspaper under "Find a Journal" under the Articles tab of the library's homepage.

  • If your newspaper is not in a library database you are limited to using the newspaper's website.  Or, search for a larger metropolitan newspaper (ex. if you can't find the Bucks County Courier Times try the Philadelphia Inquirer).

Find your local government:

  • Google your city and county (ex. City of Ithaca and Tompkins County)

  • Browse or search the websites for water issues:  ex. "water supply" or "drinking water"

Email Cathy if you need help!  I'll sit down and walk you through it.

Non-profit and Educational Organizations

Critical Thinking tip:  Try and discover who develops the websites you look at: are they trying to sell you something?  Do they have a particular point-of-view?  Try reading the "About" page.
  • All About Water   This educational site covers:  water treatment alternatives, the truth about bottled water, and basic water facts.
  • Alliance for Water Efficiency
    The Alliance for Water Efficiency is a non-profit organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water.  Headquartered in Chicago, the Alliance serves as a North American advocate for water efficient products and programs, and provides information and assistance on water conservation efforts. Their "Home Water Works" website includes a water use calculator.
  • Water Program (Grace Communications Foundation, formerly H2Oconserve.org)  Tips and tools about water use and conservation.
  • Water.org  U.S. nonprofit, "committed to providing safe drinking water and sanitation to people in developing countries."
  • Waterinfo.org  This website provides water information to the communities of Southwest Colorado.
Educational tools:

Governmental Organizations

International Organizations: Federal: State: County and Municipal:


Businesses (Corporate Social Responsibility)

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Cathy Michael

Communications Librarian
(607) 274-1293

Noodlebib + User's Guide

Noodlebib guides you through the required data entry for citation in the MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian styles. It takes care of punctuation, alphabetization and formatting, producing a polished source list for import into Word.

Trouble getting started?  Try my Noodlebib Users' Guide.

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When searching, if you see the "GET IT" icon, click on it. You'll be taken to the full text or to ILL if full text is unavailable.

Prof. Alper's Blog

Read Mara Alper's blog: Re-Imagining Water

Readings on Reserve

Books on Reserve in the Library  Come to the library circulation desk and give them the call number.  Use your student ID to check out the book.

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