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Performing Research
Understanding Electronic Resources
Electronic resources include periodical indexes, full-text resources, electronic journals, and electronic books. To access any of the databases or catalogs listed below, use the
Courtright Memorial Library's home page.
Library Catalogs
Opal
OPAL is both Otterbein University's catalog and the combined catalog of 21 private colleges in Ohio. You can use OPAL to search for books, videos, DVDs, periodical titles, CDs, music scores and more. Use the OPAL catalog to find what Otterbein University owns, or expand your search to all of OPAL (or any of the 21 private colleges individually). If you still can't find what you need, you can search academic library catalogs throughout the state of Ohio using OhioLINK.
The statewide online catalog is OhioLINK. The OhioLINK catalog combines the library collections of the public two- and four-year colleges and universities (such as Columbus State, OSU, and Bowling Green) with private colleges (such as Ohio Wesleyan, and, of course, Otterbein).
You can also access other area libraries, such as the Westerville Public Library and the Columbus Metropolitan Library. In addition, you can search OCLC's Worldcat, a database composed of materials held in libraries from around the world.
Electronic Journals
The library subscribes to a growing number of e-journals. Two of the best collections of e-journals to use are OhioLINK's Electronic Journal Center and JSTOR. You can search by topic or by a particular journal citation. Try them out by going to the library's web page and choosing the link for e-journals (roll your mouse cursor over the words Find Articles and More and click on E-journals).
Try Ohiolink's Electronic Journal Center (EJC) to find full-text articles on your topic.
Try JSTOR to find full-text articles on your topic. JSTOR includes an archive of many scholarly journals, however, it does NOT have current issues. It is useful whenever you are looking for information that is at least 4-5 years old.
Also, do not forget to check out the print journals and periodicals
available on the second floor of the library.
Databases
Databases are indispensable tools for performing research. A database is an electronic or computerized list of books, articles, and other publications. The library subscribes to hundreds of such databases. You can locate a list of the databases by clicking on the Find Articles and More from the library web page. Then you can either select the appropriate database by subject or by title. Try out such databases as the Academic Search Complete, Lexis-Nexis, Business Source Complete or ERIC.
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