Access the New York Times or the Chronicle of Higher Education?

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Saint Mary's College Library offers "domain-wide" access to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

From Chronicle of Higher Education (or Google it!) or from the Library's Journals/Periodicals List, or from the Albert catalog record or from your Academe Today email, Click on Log In at the very top right of the screen, create an account using your SMC email address and password.

Locks indicate Your Library pays for this access.  Click the lock and read away.


The New York Times

Full online access to The New York Times is now available to the Saint Mary’s College of California community. This access enables students, faculty and staff to engage with The Times’ world-class journalism anytime, anywhere. Create an account using this link:

using your email address. You cannot use SMC passwords, as symbols aren’t allowed in the NYTimes authentication system. A video tutorial of the sign up process is available.

If you already have a paid personal account using your SMC email address, choose a different password when you register for the SMC group pass. If you have a free account, choose the option to link the accounts.

SMC has Academic Pass with IP Range:  This option covers the entire faculty, staff, and student population.  Eligible users are authenticated by subscribing institution IP address ranges rather than by email domain.  Users must first register and create a login with the NYT through this link.   Upon activation, you will be able to enjoy from wherever you are - on or off campus by using your personal login. iPhone, iPad and Android apps are accessible using your personal NYT login.  Because tablet apps were not included prior to Dec 2015, if you claimed a group pass prior to Dec 2015 and want to access the iPad/Tablet apps, cancel your "complimentary access" under Account information, log out, then click the Group Pass link above, and claim a new pass.

Articles from 1850+ are available, although 1923-1980 are limited to 5 per day per user.  1850-1923 AND 1980 - present are unlimited access for SMC Group Pass users.


Check out a book?

Certain physical materials cannot be checked out, such as reference books, magazines, newspapers, or journals, or special collections.  Please use these items in the Library itself, or ask for help.

To find out how long you can check materials out, please look at our Borrowing page.


Find a title in the textbook collection

These titles are for multiple sections of courses, and can be useful for a quick review before class.  To find what titles the Library has in the collection, you can do two different searches in Albert.

Albert Search

Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..


Advanced Search

  1. To browse the entire collection, do a title search "textbook collection"
  2. To find a specific title, do a title search and pay attention to the location information in the results.  The location will say: Textbooks - 1st Floor Circ Desk
  3. You can also search in Reserves.  Simply type "text" in the course search box.


Course Reserves

Search for course reserves by INSTRUCTOR NAME:


Search for course reserves by COURSE NAME:


Instructor Submission Forms

All textbooks are kept at the Circulation desk, first floor of the Library.  Please let us know if you have questions!


Use "Check for Full Text" to find articles

First, look to see if there is a link on the page that says something such as “full-text,” “HTML,” or “PDF.”  If so, follow that link to retrieve the full article. If there is no link to full-text, look for a link that says “Link to Holdings,” "Check for Full Text" “Check SMC Holdings” or these images:

Check for Full Text

This will take you to a page that will tell you whether we have access to the journal or not, and provide links to accessing the text.

What does the “Check for Full Text” link do?

It does one of 4 things:

1. Takes you into another of our databases that has the article you want.

Click the link to the PDF, HTML or other full-text format for the article if one appears.

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2. Takes you to a page that tells you that we only have that title in print in the Library.

When there is a link with text Saint Mary’s College Library Holdings…. Click on Journal to open an Albert catalog window, which shows the subscription date for the print subscription in the Library’s collection.

3. Takes you to a page that has links to other databases. 

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Click “Article,” if that link is available.

When there is no Article link….  Click on Journal to connect to a list of the available volumes and dates of a journal; then click on the appropriate date to locate the article.

4. Or, if  “Sorry, no holdings were found for this journal” is displayed….

Check SMC Holdings

Click on ILLiad to request the article from another library.

If you have any difficulties, ASK US!


Cite my sources

Choose from the following options:

MLA (Humanities, including English, Performing Arts, etc.)

The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers is available in the Reference Room (Ref 808.02 G350e).  


APA (Social Sciences, including Psychology, Business, Communication, and Education)

The entire Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is available in the Reference Room (Ref 150.149 Am35b).


Chicago (Politics, Art, History)

The entire Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition) is available in the Reference Room (Ref 808.02 Un3e), and is also available online. You can also visit the Quick Guide from the Chicago Manual publishers.


Turabian (History)

The entire Turabian's Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations is available in the Reference Room (Ref 808.02 T840c).

Also, A Pocket Guide to Writing History (8th edition), also known as "Rampolla," is available in Reference (Ref 907.2 R148a).  This writing guide uses Turabian, which is similar to the Chicago style of citation. Examples of the Turabian style.



ASA American Sociological Association 



AAA American Anthropological Association 


American Chemical Society (Chemistry; Biochemistry)

See the Quick Guide from Pennsylvania State University or consult the full guide in the 1st floor Reference Room: The ACS style guide: effective communication of scientific information.   (Ref. 540.02 D661a) 3rd ed. Washington, DC : American Chemical Society ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.


CSE (Sciences)

The entire Scientific style and format: the CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers 7th ed. is available in the Reference Room (Ref 808.0665 C832)


National Library of Medicine (Medicine/Health)

The entire National Library of Medicine Recommended Formats for Bibliographic Citations is available in the Reference Room (Ref 808.02 P274).


The entire The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation is available in the Reference Room (Ref 340.02 H261a). You can also check online (subscription) at


Electronic Citation Managers

  ZoteroZotero - A free tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.



Mendeley Mendeley
 - A free reference manager and academic social network.




Endnote EndNote Basic - A web-based program that allows you to store, edit, and manage citations.


Find a book

Albert Search

Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..


Advanced Search

To find out whether the Library has a specific book, use the Title or Author search options.


To find out what books the Library has about a topic, use the Keyword or Subject options. Once you find a book on your topic, try clicking the Subject and Call Number links to see other books in the same general subject area.


To find a book in the building once you’ve found it in Albert, look at the Location and Call Number information in Albert. The Location tells you which area of the building it’s in, for example “Reference Room: 1st Floor” or “Book Stacks: 2nd Floor”. Within that area, books are arranged in sequence by the Call Numbers.


If you don’t find what you’re looking for in Albert, click the LINK+ icon to check the combined catalog of our partner libraries.


Or, as always, ASK US!


Renew materials

Albert Search

Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..


Advanced Search

Step 1)  Go to the patron information page on Albert to begin.

Step 2)  Enter your SMC Login and password

Step 3)  Click on the link "x Item(s) checked out"

Step 4)  Check the box for each item you want to renew, and click "Renewal Selected"



Step 1) Select the Renew button on the Albert search box 

Step 2) Enter your SMC Login and password and follow the remaining steps as noted above


Your new due date will appear on the screen, or you will see a message if you were not able to renew the materials.  Call the Circulation Desk if you have any problems or questions, at (925) 631-4229.

IMPORTANT:  If renewing Link+ books, check back the next day to make sure the renewal was completed.  Unlike materials in Albert, Link+ books must be reviewed by the lending institution before they are renewed.  If a book is on hold or recalled at the lending institution, the renewal will be denied and the book must be returned immediately.


Find an item from a citation

Here's an example: 

Macan, Therese Hoff; Shahani, Comila; Dipboye, Robert L; Phillips, Amanda Peek.  "College students' time management: Correlations with academic performance and stress." Journal of Educational Psychology 1990 Dec Vol 82(4) 760-768.

Article title: "College students' time management: Correlations with academic performance and stress."

Article authors:  Macan, Therese Hoff; Shahani, Comila; Dipboye, Robert L; Phillips, Amanda Peek. 

Journal title: Journal of Educational Psychology

Journal information: 1990 (year) Dec (month) Vol 82(4) (volume and issue number) 760-768 (page information). 

Next, find the article by searching for the journal title.  Search by title in Periodicals for "Journal of Educational Psychology" and click "search."  Note that you can search by abbreviation and ISSN number as well.

A new window pops up and provides you with information on this journal.  It will look something like this:

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Always pay close attention to the dates.  In this example SMC has the full run of the journal. You can search within the journal in the search box, or you can click on the title link to connect to the database to find your article electronically. 

Here's another example: 

Sobol, Joseph Daniel .  The storytellers' journey : an American revival. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 1999.

Dissect the citation:

Book title:  The storytellers' journey : an American revival.

Author:  Joseph Daniel Sobol

Book publication information: Urbana (city of publication) University of Illinois Press (place of publication) 1999 (year). 

Find the book by searching under "title" in the Albert tab.   You do not need to type in the initial "the".  Click on "submit."


Albert Search

Search Albert to find books, movies, etc..


Advanced Search

If we have the book in the library, you'll see a result that looks like this: 





Pay attention to "location" and "call #"; this means that this book is located on the second floor of the library, and the call number is 398 So12.



Find a movie

The Byron Bryant Film Collection includes award winning and significant feature films released in movie theaters. The Instructional Video collection includes documentaries, theatrical performances (dance, opera, theater), interviews, some television series, etc -- everything except feature movies. Videos from both collections are located at the Circulation Desk.

You can do a keyword, title, or author search for movies or films (which searches directors) easily within Albert by choosing the Film/Video choice in the drop-down menu next to the search box, or by searching in the box below.

Albert Video Search

Advanced Search

If you wish you can also browse the collection using the following links. There are multiple ways to browse:


Byron Bryant Film Collection (entire list)

Byron Bryant Film Collection (DVDs only)


Instructional Videos (DVDs only)

Instructional Videos (VHS only)


For any of these groups, you can sort the lists into a different order by changing the pulldown menu from “System Sorted” to the order you choose. For example, “Reverse Year” will show the most recent movies first.

You can use the “Limit/Sort” button to specify that you want movies in a particular language (eg Spanish, French), or in a range of dates, or with specific actors/directors.


If you're a student or staff member the loan period for videos is one week; for faculty, the loan period is two weeks.    

Most videos that have been placed on Reserve for a class can not be taken from the Library, but there are viewing options within the building. 

  • Groups of 2 or more people can reserve an available group study room.  Each room is equipped with a DVD/VHS player and monitor.
  • Individuals can watch videos on one of the eight media carrels on the second floor. Each carrel is equipped with a DVD/VHS unit and flat screen monitor.

Online Video Collection

The Library also subscribes to two large online streaming video collections.  These include:
Browse the selections-- you may find just the right thing to view from the comfort of your own computer.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for in Albert, click the LINK+ icon to check the combined catalog of our partner libraries.


Or, as always, ASK US!


Find a journal titles from an abbreviation

First try typing the abbreviation in the Periodicals tab search box, and click Submit.  This will find the correct Journal title, but only if SMCLibrary owns any holdings for the title.

 A new window pops up and provides you with information on this journal.

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If we don't own any holdings for the title, you will need to look up the abbreviation in a reference source, of which there are several choices.

Gale Virtual Reference Library includes

Acronyms, initialisms & abbreviations dictionary


For titles indexed by PubMed / Medline:

PubMed Journals database


For journal titles indexed by Chemical Abstracts Service:

CASSI Search Tool






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