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Databases and other OES Online Resources

Below you will find links to databases that the OES libraries subscribe to; all can be accessed both on campus and at home. Most of the databases only require your OES google login for remote access.

Reliable Websites for Further Research

While your research question will determine which websites will be most useful to you, this is a sampling of resources with reliable information for your projects. If your specific question doesn't seem to fit any of the websites below, contact Erika and she can help you navigate your research quandry. Additionally, Kara put together an excellent guide to local resources to help you in your search. Government agencies at the local, state, and national level are also a great place to check for statistics, current programs and initiatives, legislation, and links to applicable organizations for more information.

Finding Books in the Library

If we don't have a book on your subject, check the resources below. Washington County and Multnomah County Public Libraries have much bigger collections than we do, and chances are they will have something on your subject. Still not finding what you need? Check WorldCat for library holdings around the world, and send the citation to Erika, who can order just about anything from Interlibrary Loan.

Research Tips

  • Use Noodletools to keep track of your research and generate citations.
  • When searching in databases, frame your search with keywords, not full sentences or questions. Databases aren't Google, and queries need to be structured correctly in order to get the best results.
  • Too many results? Try narrowing your search by such parameters as date of publication and type of publication.
  • Not enough results? Try rethinking your question. Brainstorm lists of words and phrases that describe your question, and try different combinations of search terms.
  • Advanced Search allows you more flexibility in terms of combining distinct search terms.
  • Put exact phrases in quotes.


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