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10 things you need to know about OSU Libraries

OSU Libraries is based out of The Valley Library on Oregon State University's Corvallis campus, but it serves learners all over the world.

Libraries aren’t just buildings, even though this is both a building and a library. The Valley Library on the Corvallis campus is home to OSU Libraries, which provides ample resources and services to Oregon State students around the world. The OSU Ecampus offices are also located in the library.

OSU Ecampus librarian shares a helpful list of information every online learner should read

By Zach Welhouse
Jan. 8, 2021

The OSU Libraries provide access to many services and resources that Oregon State Ecampus students can use. Even if you are located in another state, you can still access our journals, books, and other resources.

Here are 10 things you should know as you conduct your studies from a distance.

1. Where do I learn more? The Ecampus library webpage

There is a webpage designed for Ecampus students and faculty. It includes information about ordering books, getting journal articles, contact information, research guides, tutorials about using the library from a distance and more.

2. Where do I start? Research guides

Course guides and subject guides can help you find the best sources. Check the course and subject guides webpages for recommendations. If you don’t see a guide for your course, use the subject guide.

3. One-stop searching with 1Search

1Search is located on the library homepage. It pulls together many of our full-text online journal articles, books, government documents, digital collections and much more. It’s a good place to start if you want to find out what’s available on your topic. Check out the helpful guide on how to use 1Search.

Photo of Zach Welhouse, the online learning librarian for OSU Libraries, standing outside the Valley Library.

Zach Welhouse is the online learning librarian for OSU Libraries.

4. Finding articles in online databases

Databases are the best way to find articles on a specific topic. After searching 1Search, it’s worth digging deeper with a specific database. We have databases for many different subject areas. Our database list is organized alphabetically and by subject area. To access full-text content, you must access the databases through the OSU Libraries website.

5. Accessing journals online

OSU Libraries subscribes to many journals. In some cases, you can access full text of the journal online. If you need a copy of an article from a journal that we only have in print or do not own, you can fill out an interlibrary loan request form (see No. 7 below).

6. Receiving materials from OSU Libraries

1Search lists the books, videos, government documents and other resources in our collection. You can have these resources sent to your home address (no P.O. Boxes). In 1Search, click on the title of the item you’re searching for.

After clicking the “Get It” button in the left sidebar menu, click on “Request OSU’s Copy” or “Request from Interlibrary Loan.” Enter your address in the home delivery field. We will send you the book via FedEx and include a shipping label for the return. Shipping time is about four to five days.

7. COVID-19 modifications

Many services provided by OSU Libraries have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our COVID-19 guide collects the most current updates to library services, including electronic course reserves and building hours.

8. Receiving materials through Interlibrary Loan

The Interlibrary Loan department can get copies of books, journal articles and other resources that are not in the OSU Libraries. First, set up your account at the link above. Be sure to select “Mail to Address” in the Loan Delivery Method field. Then set your status as either “Undergraduate – Distance Education” or “Graduate – Distance Education.” Then request copies of the items you need.

9. Ebooks

You may find ebooks helpful because you can read a chapter or get an overview without having to wait for it to arrive by FedEx. Ebooks are listed in 1Search just like print books. Limit your search to ebooks by using the “Resource Type” facets on the right side of the screen. Many ebooks can be downloaded or partially printed. Check out our guide about ebooks for more information.

10. Help with research questions and additional Ecampus services

Contact me, Oregon State’s online learning librarian, Zach Welhouse, via email or at 541-737-2376 if you would like help with your research. For general and research questions, try these resources:

When you call the library, let us know you are an Ecampus student. It will help us get you to the right resources.


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