Mediated Database Searching
|Mediated Databases||Requesting a Search||Fees||Current Awareness Service||Obtaining Material Cited in a Search|
Some databases that the New York State Library subscribes to are not available for customers to search themselves. Searches must be conducted by a New York State Library librarian. This is because of agreements with the vendors.
- Dialog: Dialog offers one of the most comprehensive sources of online information. This vendor offers over one hundred different databases on business, education, humanities, medicine, science, and more. Dialog bluesheets provide information on the scope, nature, and content of the many Dialog databases. Before requesting a Dialog search, you may want to check Databases available: New York State Library to see if the same or comparable information is available for you to search yourself.
- Westlaw: The State Library has limited access to Westlaw database files. See New York State Library: Law Collection: Selected Resources for more details.
- by phone to Reference Services, (518) 474-5355,
- in person at the Reference Desk,
- by e-mail at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/refserv.htm,
- by using the State interlibrary loan system, or
- by mail to Reference Services, 6th floor, Cultural Education Center, Albany, NY 12230.
Rush search service is offered for an additional fee of $25. Searches will be completed within 24 hours; however, only half of the basic number of citations will be provided. Regular searches may take about a week to complete. Note: If a search yields no results there will still be a charge for the search.
photocopy materials or (if eligible) to borrow circulating items.
State employees may also submit requests electronically, by phone (limit-three items), by e-mail, or by mail on the New York State Library State Government Patron Request form. Items needed for State purposes and not available at the State Library will be requested through interlibrary loan, if the form has been marked to show that interlibrary loan service is wanted.
Members of the public should obtain cited items from their local library. (If the local library doesn't have the item itself, they may be able to obtain it through their library's interlibrary loan department.) The public may also search for cited items and use them onsite at the State Library.