HRD110: Freshman Seminar

This guide will help you get to know the SUNY Adirondack Library!

Library Search Box

Library databases are sophisticated search engines that lead to expert-written books, articles and documentary videos. They are subscription services, available only to students, staff and faculty. 
The SUNY Adirondack Library offers 30,000+ print books and 200,000+ electronic books (print books that we bought electronically). Search for a subject with the box below, limiting your search to Ebooks or Print Books. See the Search Words box below if you need to choose a subject to search for this assignment. Sign in to your account to save search results and request print books. 

   Start Your Research Here: 

Search Words

Copy and paste the search words below into the library databases for best results. 

  • Sleep
  • “Stress management”
  • “Study skills”
  • “Time management”
  • Procrastination
  • "Test-taking skills"
  • “Learning styles” OR “Cognitive styles”
  • "Decision making"
  • Nutrition
  • Mnemonics [memory skills]
  • “Physical fitness”
  • “Financial literacy” OR "Personal Finance"
  • meditation OR mindfulness

Putting a phrase in quotation marks will get more accurate results. See the Search Tips box.

Using OR in capital tells the database to look for either word, because they are synonyms. 

Keywords vs. subject headings

There are two types of search words: 

  • Keywords are often casual words for an idea and may have more than one meaning. 
    • Google uses keyword searching. Your results may be less accurate.
  • Subjects headings are the words chosen by our national library, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
    • These words are used by library databases. 
    • Your database search will be more accurate using subject headings. 
    • The words listed above are subject headings..


Sometimes keywords and subject headings are the same: sleep, for instance. Subject headings are more accurate ways to say an idea that might be ambiguous.

  • Try "Test-taking skills" instead of "taking tests".
  • Try mnemonics instead of  "memory skills". 

Signing into your Account at the SUNY Adirondack Library

Signing into your account allows you to see more full-text results as well as save searches and your results. Use your college username and password to sign in. 

Need help?

Use the green chat box on this page or contact a librarian though Ask a Librarian! 

Borrowing Print Books

  • To borrow books:
    • Look up books by title, author or subject, using the library's Start Your Research Here search box.
    • Note the book's call number. On the second floor of the library, find books using the call numbers. 
    • Bring the books to the Circulation Desk on the main floor and show a photo ID to check them out. 
    • You can borrow books for the semester. There is no limit to the number of books you can borrow.
  • You can also request in advance to borrow print books from the library's search box page.
    • Sign in to your accounts using your college username password to get full access.
    • Just click the title of a print book and fill in the Request for pickup at Library Circulation Desk
    • The staff will bring it to the Circulation Desk. 
    • Just stop by the library to pick up the book at the library's Circulation Desk.
    • Make sure to bring a photo ID to check out the book. 
  • The tutorial video below shows how:

The Library of Congress link shows the code used to shelve the books by subject. 

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