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You can start your research by using the 1Search box located one the homepage of the OSU Libraries website (http://library.oregonstate.edu/).
1Search combines the OSU Libraries 'library catalog," Summit, and many of our online databases into one search engine. 1Search is a good starting point for your research.
1Search helps you locate:
Why can't you just use Google to find journal articles? Actually, you can, especially if you use their special search engine; Google Scholar is a good place to find articles. But it has its drawbacks.
You will find things in Google Scholar that you don't find in the databases. But you'll also find a lot of things in databases not included in Google Scholar. So for a more complete search, you'll probably end up using both the databases and Google Scholar for your research.
Depending on the type of articles or information you're looking for, a specific database may be the best choice for your search. Here are a few that you may find useful.
The U.S. Census Bureau is the primary resource for U.S. demographic data (United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas), and the primary tool for accessing it is American FactFinder. It is fairly easy to use, and convenient since it includes data from several censuses and surveys. For help, there is a step-by-step training guide for American FactFinder AFF
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