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WSE 390: Global Issues in Renewable Materials : Finding Articles

This guide provides tips on using library resources for writing assignments related to renewable materials.

Finding articles on Renewable Materials

When 1Search is insufficient or not working for you, consider a forestry, engineering, or business related database more tailored to your topic such as those listed below.  These and others are available using the link to "Databases" on the library homepage. If you find you are only getting references to journals we don't have, ask for help or send me (Bonnie Avery) an email.

In general, you may need to rely on websites for trade publications and the library for scholarly/research based articles.

Google Scholar: preferences

When you want to link back to the OSU Library from GoogleScholar (so that the "Find it" links work like any other database) follow these steps:

  • Go to Google Scholar (
  • In the upper right corner of the screen next to "sign in" Click on the gear image and select "Scholar Preferences"
  • Type in "Oregon State University Libraries" in the "Library Links search box.  
  • Then click "Save preferences. 

From then on, as you search in GoogleScholar, you will find the "find it at OSU" link appears at the right of online journals to which you have access.  For those that do not have a Find it link, you can still use interlibrary loan/scan &deliver  to get them

Journals on Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment

Use the journals below if you want to browse a couple of titles. But remember, you have access to many more articles about these topics though the databases or 1SEARCH. 

Getting PDFs

If you start from the library homepage, electronic access to the full-text of articles is self-service but can involve a few steps. From a database: When you find an article of interest but the content is not available directly, follow the "360-Link to Full-text" to see if the library has access to the article.

  • You will taken to the article (or a link to if there is more than one source)  OR
  • you  will be taken to a page where you can check if it is in the "catalog" (i.e. if the library has the journal in its print collection) in which case you may want to come to the library and scan and email the article to yourselfThe library is open 24 hours/day from Sunday through Thursday night.
  • If you are not in a hurry or you can't come to the library, you can always use the "Request" link on that page.  You will  receive a pdf within 2 days if the journal is in the library's print collection. The PDF link is emailed to you and you have 21 days to use it or lose it.  This service is called "Scan and Deliver" but it is connected to interlibrary loan as well so if it turns out we don't own the journal you will still get the article via an interlibrary loan;
  • Interlibrary Loans are initiated when OSU Libraries does not own or  have access to the article/book you need. Because the request is sent to other libraries, it usually takes longer but you WILL get the article PDF if we can identify a library that has it.  Many but not all interlibrary loans are received within 3-5 business days.