You can now search across our e-journal collection with "1Search" located in the upper right corner of the library's webpage.
- Remember to use the more specialized databases mentioned on this guide when 1Search is not enough.
- 1Search may not be the tool of choice when looking for a specific reference.
OSU Libraries on the Web
Be sure you can locate the the OSU Libraries Home Page and from there use the "FIND IT" tab find these three links:
Two other useful links under FIND IT are:
- Subject/Discipline Guides (general guides for forestry, engineering, etc.)
- Course Guides (guides for specific classes, like this one)
In addition, the suggestions below are not specific to this class but you may find them interesting.
Why bother using the library?
Top five reasons for incorporating use of the library's resources into your homework routine for this class:
- You have three homework assignments that will call on you to use library resources, and in particular the database, SciFinder Scholar (a.k.a. "Chemical Abstracts").
- You will be asked to research and write a report on a topic of your choice related to this course.
- You will be need to locate information for the report you write in your professional development class, WSE 407.
- You will need to conduct a literature review for your senior project.
- You will likely achieve a higher grade in these if you review and utilize "library" resources.
What's where in the library
If you are an extended campus student be sure to read the information linked from the Ecampus View on accessing articles and books.
If you are on camous, you may need to be familiar with where things are on the first and second floors -- to do this, use this link to Floor maps
A word to the wise:, the first floor, which houses most forestry material, seems complicated at first. On this floor we house older volumes of journals in "compact shelving" on the North side. Journals volumes from 1990 through last year are shelved with the books on the South side. The current year of print journals are unbound in display shelving in the Southeast corner.
It is *always* okay to ask questions - here are some options to try before you get frustrated:
- Look for the in-library phone on each floor -- use it to call the Reference Desk (7-7295).
- Come to the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor.
- Try the *ASK A LIBRARIAN!* chat service on the right of most library pages.
Obtaining journal articles from OSU Libraries
- The indexing databases are independent of the holdings of any one library so you should expect that OSU Libraries will not subscribe to or own every journals you need. If you find reference to an article but are asked to pay for it (maybe you tried Google Scholar), be sure to try the library first.
- Citation Linker: If you have a reference and want to see if OSU Libraries subscribes to the electronic version of that journal (or some service that provides the full-text from that journal), click the E-Journals link on the Library's home page and look for the Citation Linker.
- 360 Link to Full Text: When you do a search in a database you should look for the "360 Link to Full Text" by each reference. Use this link to check if the library has a full-text version of the article. If not it will provide you with a link to check the library catalog so you can see if we have the journal in print. AND if we don't have either of these, you will find a link to the Interlibrary loan form needed to request it from another library.
- Online Catalog: Not all references are in journals so if in doubt, try the library catalog. You can borrow most books and bound items or you can photocopy/scan what you need from them.
- You may need to use Interlibrary loan (ILL) to obtain the articles but as explained above, we are trying to make that an easier process.
Interlibrary Loans (ILL)
You can get a copy of any journal article not available at OSU Libraries by using Interlibrary Loan (ILL). This service is free to you.
You must have an ONID account to register for ILL. From the OSU Libraries catalog, look for the link to Interlibrary Loan and select "Log on for ILL Service." Consider registering now, before you actually need to request an article.
We are able to obtain the majority of requested articles within 3-5 days depending on the number of libraries owning the journal. Some requests take more time some take much less. On the rare occasion that the Library is unable to identify a lending library, we will try to get the information you will need to contact the author directly.
Articles come as PDF files that are sent you on a secure website for your use. You can also use ILL to request books (or chapters of books) if you are unable to locate then in the Summit catalog.
Format for bibliography
Consistency is the rule of thumb in creating a bibliography. To this end, there are several style guides available and you can learn more about these from the library's page on Style and Citation Guides. One approach is to select a journal of note in your field and follow the instructions given for authors writing for that journal. To locate these, look for a link to information or instructions for authors on the journal's website or on the cover pages of the most recent issue. Since you will be citing some articles from the web, be sure to note their instructions about how to do this. The American Chemical Society provides suggestions for citing references on their website.
You might want to learn to use EndNote to organize your references, particularly if you plan to pursue graduate studies.
- Joe Karchesy
110 Richardson Hall
Where to begin
Before beginning to search for articles and other information, it's a good idea to have a plan for finding information. Focus your search by characterizing the kind of information you are seeking. Examples include:
- Information needs: background information, synthetic procedures, specific data
- Type of information or data: reviews, research results, data, maps,
- Subject area: analytical, inorganic, organic, or physical chemistry
Decide what resources might help you find the information you need. Examples include:
- Journal articles
Come up with terms to use when searching such as:
- Authors' names
- Chemical names
- Subjects (e.g., substances, uses,)
Search until you are certain that you have found the information you need. If you rely on a web resource like Wikipedia, try to verify the information with a second source (your text for instance).
Finding books: library catalogs
If you are looking for books, begin your search with the OSU Libraries Catalog.
Experiment with the OSU Libraries Catalog; here are some hints:
- Search by keyword. Use quotation marks around phrases. Ex: "wood chemistry"
- Simple keyword search results are in relevancy order (not by date or alphabetical order) but if you use "" the order will be by date.
- If the book you want is checked out or you don't find it in your catalog search, use the "Try Summit Libraries" button and see if it's available at one of our partner libraries in Oregon and Washington (sometimes this link is slow but worth the wait usually).
- When you start in the Summit catalog, click on the line that tells you how many libraries have the book. If OSU doesn't have it, or our copy is checked out, click on "Request Summit Item" and complete the information asked for.
- It will take 3-5 workdays for the book to arrive at the Valley Library. A notice will be sent to your ONID email when it's available and it will be held for 5 days for you to pick-up.
While you can use the catalog to look for journals, you cannot use it to look for specific articles in those journals. For this you need to use the databases discussed below.
Finding articles on Wood and Fiber Chemistry Topics
The Valley Library subscribes to several databases which index peer-reviewed scientific journal articles relevant to wood and materials science topics. The process of "peer-review" (sometimes called "refereeing") is discipline and journal specific. It is intended to assure that the articles in that journal represent good scientific methodology, good writing, and are regarded as a contribution to the literature of that field of study. If in doubt about whether a journal contains peer reviewed articles, ask.
Most databases noted in ths guide will index a high percentage of "refereed" journals and therefore these databases will retrieve, for the most part, peer reviewed articles. They may also include first hand reporting of research findings or state-of-the-art reviews from other reporting sources such as federal agency reports, dissertations, conference proceedings, professional journals, etc. All of these will have gone through some sort of peer reveiw process prior to publication and may prove useful resources for framing and addressing your research question.
Selecting databases to search
When considering a database, it is important to be aware of its content including:
- Subject coverage
- Types of publications indexed in the database e.g., research journals, scientific magazines, conference proceedings
- Dates of coverage
This is usually available in the short descriptions available on the database listing indicated by an " i ". For an overview of how to think about wood science topics and some database suggestions follow the "read more" link below.Read more
Limiting CAB Abstracts to Forestry
To limit a CAB Database search to articles related to forestry, add "KK" as your CABI Code. More than one of these codes may be assigned to each article and there are subdivisions of the KK code (see the link to "read more" below). KK includes all aspects of forestry, forest products, and forest science research.
For a brief over view of other CABICODES follow the read more link below:Read more
Patents are a rich source of engineering information. The easiest way to search for US Patents these days is to use Google Patent Search. But, Google Patents does not search the US Patent applications, nor does it cover international patents.
US Patent and Trademark Office Search for Published Applications. The USPTO has a large backlog of patent applications that have not been processed.
The European Patent Office Search (eSpace) covers many countries, including Japan.
For more information consult the Library's Patents and Trademark Searching Guide
Evaluating web sites
Items are added to the library selectively so when you discover something via a Google search, be selective. When evaluating a web site look for these attributes:
- Purpose : Is it there to inform? Persuade? Sell? Entertain?
- Authorship & Authority : What are the person's (group's) credentials? Can you tell? Is the person/group credible? An authority?
- Objectivity : Does the site have a bias? Can you articulate what it is?
- Accuracy : Are sources cited or acknowledged?
- Currency : How current is the information? Is this important?
- Completeness : Is the information complete or just a summary of information found elsewhere?
Where possible look for additional sources of information to verify information you find on the web, particularly if your are unsure about its authority, accuracy, and currency. Consider limiting your google searches to .edu and .gov sites.