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FES 445/545: Ecological Restoration (Reed)

Library instruction page for term project.

Course content description:

FES 445/545 focuses on the fundamentals of restoring reclaiming disturbed landscapes and ecosystems. Topics to be covered include assessment of site conditions; determining restoration goals and feasibility; hydrologic, biotic, and soil functions and their importance in restoration; and measures of successful restoration.

OSU Libraries on the Web

Be sure you can locate the the OSU Libraries Home Page and from there use the "FIND IT" tab find these three links:

Another useful link under FIND IT is "Rearch Guides" which takes you to a list of :

  • Discipline Guides  (general guides for forestry, engineering, etc.) and
  • Course Guides (guides for specific classes, like this one)

In addition, the suggestions below are not specific to this class but you may find them interesting.

Library Workshops and Webinars

E-Campus Webinar schedule 

Undergraduate Workshop Recordings: and Graduate & Faculty Workshop Schedule Offered on-campus, registration required (though anyone welcome).  Sessions are offered multiple times during the term. 


Planning Ahead

Use the deadlines for your project to your advantage.  Start your research early. Follow the "read more" link below for one approach you might take.

Your questions are always welcome -- the sooner, the better.  Use the paced due dates for drafts to your advantage and start your research early. Follow the "Read more" link below for one approach you might take.

Know the resources available to you. If you have not used the resources available via the OSU Libraries recently, be sure to read this page during the first week of classes and if appropriate, learn more about the Library Services for OSU Extended Campus Students.  Remember, even if you are not in Corvallis, you can still take full advantage of the library's resources including:

  1. Use of the OSU Libraries catalog to see what books and reports are available on your selected site and request these electronically.
  2. Use of the "Summit" catalog to see what books and reports are available on your selected site in other libraries in Oregon/Washington and request them electronically as well.
  3. Use of the research oriented databases to locate scholarly writings and/or research reportson your selected site topic and,
    • if available electronically, access these articles directly as pdf files or,
    • if available in only in paper at OSU, request a copy of the article be sent to you, or
    • if unavailable at OSU, request an "interlibrary loan" so that you will receive the article from another library.

By the second week, try to find at least two or three articles in research journals or relevant government agency reports related to the site you propose to select.

  1. In the process of looking for even two good references, you will:
    • acquire terminology to use in your subsequent searches as well as a feel for which databases will be of most help to you.
    • learn a lot about the process and pitfalls of locating material while the stakes are relatively low.
    • have a better idea of who is writing or has done research on your site and which articles they have cited. This will take you back in time.
  2. If you find a really great article, you can use the unique cited search feature of the Web of Science database to find out if anyone has cited that article since it was written. This will bring you forward in time.
  3. You will have begun acquiring a good deal of information you can use in preparing a draft statement of background.

As you continue to investigate the background information needed use multiple resources. Google is useful but it is only one tool. Library databases may take more effort, but they will also result in a better final product.   

Try to complete your literature review at least 2 weeks before writing your draft so that

  1. if you are not in Corvallis, items from the library can be sent to you, and
  2. regardless of your location, if you need to request items via Summit or via interlibrary loan you must allowed time for the request to be processed and the item retrieved and sent to you via the mail if it cannot be sent electronically.