Research From a Distance
Tips and Tricks for Using the Oregon State Library
By Maureen Kelly
OSU Extended Campus Librarian
Phone: 541-322-3110 (OSU Cascades Campus in Bend, Ore.)
With the OSU Library launching a newly-designed website, here are some helpful library resources for Ecampus students as they tackle research and other projects this fall.
The library has an audience site dedicated to Ecampus students working on courses from a distance. The Ecampus Library Services page can also be found under the Change My View tab on the side navigation of the main OSU Library webpage.
Answers to many library questions can be found on the Extended Campus Library Services page.
Contacting a Librarian
Did you know you can now chat with your OSU Extended Campus Librarian by instant messenger? Use AIM or Yahoo, or just use the Meebo chatbox on right-hand side of the Ecampus Library Services page.
OSU Libraries offers a variety of techniques to keep up to date in your chosen academic field. Learn to incorporate RSS Feeds, setup blog feeds, run search alerts on customized searches, track and tag websites through social bookmarking and more. See the Keeping Current with Research website.
Check out other library Research Tutorials.
For Graduate Students
Get a head start on your thesis or dissertation by taking an interactive Literature Review Workshop taught by OSU librarian experts. The workshop will be offered through Blackboard, from October 22 to November 2. You will learn the review process, strategies for efficient and effective searching, how to track your sources and tips on keeping current with new literature in your field. In addition, you'll discuss research issues and share your own insights with your peers. For information, please contact librarian Hannah Rempel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Research Paper Support
It's easy to organize your research citations when you use bibliographic management software like EndNote. OSU offers a reduced rate for EndNote for OSU students through Technology Support Services. OSU Libraries has created an EndNote tutorial that shows you how to use the software.
OSU Libraries also has free access to the web version of the software, EndNoteWeb, available when you "register for more features" through the OSU Libraries subscription to the Web of Science database. This service is available to students, staff or faculty of OSU, whereas if you buy the discounted software through OSU, you will always have it available for use.
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