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Finding Books

Use these catalogs to find books at OSU & elsewhere:

OSU Libraries Catalog: search for books located at Valley library and OSU's other libraries.Click Try Summit Libraries to check if libraries in Oregon/Washington have your book or others on your topic.

Summit/WorldCat Catalog: searches Oregon/Washington libraries and, libraries throughout the world. Summit books take 3-5 business days to get to OSU. If Summit doesn't have it, we'll find a library that does-just click the Request from Interlibrary Loan button. Tip! If OSU has the item it will show.

Tip! By using the catalogs' date limits in the advanced search, you may uncover primary sources.

Google Books: Use the advanced search and limit by publication date, full view and public domain to find primary sources. 

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Find Scholarly Journal Articles

  • In general, start your searching with just one or two keywords. Add more as needed.
  • Be sure to try your topic in more than one database.
  • Read citations and abstracts to get ideas of different keywords to represent your topic.
  • If the full text of the article, is not available, click 360 Link to Full Text to check if OSU subscribes to the journal.
    360 Link to Full Text
  • America: History and Life  Icon
    Scholarly citations and articles covering world history. Type chem* to find the words chemist and chemical. Use quotes, "Linus Pauling", so the terms are searched as a phrase. Can limit by language (recommended). Can limit by Historical Period.
    Coverage Dates: 1964 -
  • Historical Abstracts  Icon
    Scholarly citations and articles covering world history. Type chem* to find the words chemist and chemical. Use quotes, "Linus Pauling", so the terms are searched as a phrase. Can limit by language (recommended). Can limit by Historical Period.
    Coverage Dates: 1955 - present
  • JSTOR  Icon
    A multi-disciplinary archival collection of full-text scholarly journal articles. Type chem* to find the words chemist and chemical. Use quotes, "whooping cough", so the terms are searched as a phrase. Under the advanced search, check mark articles to limit to scholarly articles.
    Coverage Dates: - Varies by Journal
  • Project Muse  Icon
    Interdisciplinary collection of full-text, peer reviewed journals. Type chem* to find the words chemist and chemical. Use quotes, "Linus Pauling", so the terms are searched as a phrase. Use parentheses to search for multiple concepts ("biological sciences" or "physical sciences") and history. Use the limit to articles on the Advanced Article Search page.
    Coverage Dates: - Varies by journal
  • Google Scholar  Icon
    Google Scholar searches a variety of academic publishers. Some articles are available in full-text. If the full-text is not available check OSU Libraries Catalog for print. If not available, request it from InterLibrary Loan. Use quotes, "Linus Pauling", so the terms are searched as a phrase.
    Coverage Dates: coverage range - unknown
  • Academic Search Premier  Icon
    A multi-disciplinary database indexing citations and full-text scholarly and non-scholarly articles. Click Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals to limit your search. Type chem* to find the words chemist and chemical. Use quotes, "Linus Pauling", so terms are searched as a phrase.
    Coverage Dates: 1975 - present
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