FIG - Starry Night - Fall 2013
FIG: Starry Night
For Research Help: Margaret Bean (541-687-6857)
On this page:
- How to search for books
- How to search for articles
- Citing sources
- Scholarly/peer-reviewed vs popular articles
- How to request books not held by UO Libraries
- Other Science Library resources
The UO Libraries' catalog (also called "WorldCat") can be access via the UO Libraries' home page. The catalog searches books from the UO Libraries, plus books shared by our consortia of 37 university and colleges in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho ("Summit"), and thousands of other libraries around the world. For a broader search, enter your search terms using "keyword" from the pull-down menu. For more specific searches use "subject" from the pull-down menu.
The results pages display the matches for
- UO items first, then
- those in Summit, and then
The catalog also searches articles in general subject areas. To limit your search to books, click the books box on the left side of the results page.
You can have request books from other UO libraries be delivered to the Science Library by clicking on the button.
Databases of articles are can be access via the library's articles and databases page. You can choose to search at the same time a group of databases that related to one subject or you can search individual databases. For detailed and specific searches, it is usally better to open and search individual databases.
- General databases: Academic Search Premier, JSTOR (including older materials), and Web of Science.
- Astronomy databases: arXiv, and Springer Physics and Astronomy.
If the aticle citation does not include a link to the full text, click on the button to see if the article is available online or is available in print in the UO Libraries. If the article file is not available, you can request it from another library via ILLiad.
Your FIG advisor has recommended that you use guidelines established by the Modern Language Association (MLA) for creating a list of citations. MLA guidelines are available on the library's website. Also, "MLA Made Easy: Citation Basics for Beginners" is available in ebook format by searching the UO catalog.
The Scholarly or Popular page provides you with clues for distinguishing the difference between scholarly and popular journal articles.
Book searches in the catalog will tell you if (a) the book is available at UO (b) if the book is available through Summit or (c) if the book is available via interlibrary loan. Click on the green request button to order the book from another library.
- Course reserves: To find out which books and other materials have been set aside by your instructor for checkout for a limited amount of time search by class number or professor name. Be sure to note which library holds the reserves.
- Classrooms and study spaces: you can reserve rooms for your group.
- Other equipment you can check out at the Science Library circulation desk: video games and game consoles, laptops, phone chargers, a portable projector, scientific and graphing calculators, headphones and more!
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