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Access 1Search on the library home page in the top right corner of the screen.
1Search is the library's discovery tool--it is not only our catalog for books held here at OSU, it is also the Summit shared catalog, showing you books and other resources available at our academic partner libraries throughout the Northwest, most of which you can borrow (delivered within 3-5 business days, free of charge). But it also searches across our many databases, to show you a wide variety of journal, newspaper and magazine articles, maps, videos and government documents on your subject.
You can find "facets" on the left of a 1Search results page that can quickly limit your search to the type of resource you want.
If you need a more in-depth search of specific databases you may choose one of them to search directly from this guide or from the Library Databases list on the OSU Libraries page.
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.
Locating articles: In most of the library's databases, look for these button to open the full-text of your article.
These buttons will open (or take you to) the full-text of the article when we have a subscription to the journal the article is published in.
If the message says, "No online version available", click the Submit a Request link to request the article for free from Interlibrary Loan: http://osulibrary.orst.edu/ill/.
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.
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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