E-News - Fall 2008

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Research From a Distance

What's New at the Oregon State Library

By Maureen Kelly
OSU Extended Campus Librarian
Email: maureen.kelly@osucascades.edu
Phone: 541-322-3110 (OSU Cascades Campus in Bend, Ore.)
Chat: clibkelly

New OSU Libraries Catalog Information

The OSU Libraries Catalog has a brand new streamlined look for fall.   From one page you can easily search by keyword, title, subject, journal title, limit to audio/video, search by call number or unique book (ISBN) or journal (ISSN) number. Additional links allow quick jumps to course reserves, searches in Summit, interlibrary loan requests, finding articles in databases and more.   If you’re curious about what titles have been added to the library collection during summer, you can find out by visiting Weekly Updates.

Later this fall we’ll be updating you with news of a major change to the Summit Catalog.  Summit now includes 35 academic libraries in Oregon and Washington from which OSU students can request books and videos. The Summit libraries are changing borrowing systems and have partnered with the non-profit OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) to build the system. The new catalog will have a very different look and feel and will debut around December 1. We’re hoping for a smooth transition, but expect that there may be a few difficulties during the switch. The new catalog will offer far more borrowing power than before by reaching beyond Summit libraries, giving OSU students an added benefit while researching.                 

OSU Libraries Ecampus Page

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.

The Ecampus view of Library Services also features information on OSU's Borrowing Policies, Delivery Services, and a link to Blackboard.  Remember that you can access the library page from Blackboard by clicking on the Libraries tab.

Library FAQs 

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.

Library Tutorials and Research Info

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.

Be sure to check out our recently revamped Subject Guides for ideas on where to start research in a topic area. When doing in-depth research, students can contact a Subject Specialist Librarian.  There are lots of other ways to get help by visiting our Reference page.  

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