Library Website Sketch-a-thon

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Help Design the Next PSU Library Website

From now though June 14th, sketch your ideal PSU Library website and enter for a chance to win a $10 Starbucks gift card. 

  • No prior website design experience or art background is required
  • Simply sketch out your ideas and concepts
  • Tell us what is most important to you!

Grab a blank entry form, sketch, then drop it in the completed entry form basket at one of these locations:

  • 1st floor Circulation Desk
  • 1st floor Computer Lab
  • 2nd floor Reference Desk

Randomly selected winners will be announced June 15th.


U.S. History with ProQuest Congressional

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Learn about Congressional and Legislative Histories

ProQuest Congressional is the latest featured resource at PSU Library. Whether you are studying political science or interested in U.S. history, Congressional hearings are a valuable resource. Relive history with transcripts of witness testimony from Congressional hearings, like Howard Hughes’s testimony about the Spruce Goose. You can also see the processes of lawmaking with Congressional hearings such as the hearing about Nixon’s impeachment.

United States Capitol building
United States Capitol building

Use ProQuest Congressional to look up legislative histories, specific bills, as well as full text of committee hearings and testimonies from 1824-1979. You can also look up members of congress, as well as find official social media accounts. In addition to important historical accounts, keep up with the latest news U.S. legislative information, regulations, and news. Finally, ProQuest Congressional updates daily when Congress is in session. You can rest assured that you have accurate information when you need it.

Try ProQuest Congressional now (PSU login required off-campus).

Learn more about United States Government at PSU Library

PSU Library’s United State Government Information guide is designed to help PSU researchers learn more about government in the U.S. Learn about government research and how to find specific information. Use this guide to also learn about U.S. government with a civics primer, information about all branches of government, and other government data.

Portland State University Library participates in the Federal Depository Library Program. The Library’s government documents are located on the fourth floor of Millar Library. These include official documents from federal, state, and local sources as well as a variety of atlases and maps. The depository collection is open to the general public for research. Use our library catalog to find other government print publications around the library, as well as links to full-text documents available 24/7 online.

More information:
United States Government Information Guide
Ask a Librarian

24/7 Library Hours for Spring Finals

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Portland State Library will be open 24/7 for Spring finals starting Monday, June 5 at 7:30 a.m. through Thursday, June 15 at midnight.

Study Services at the Library

The Reference Desk and the technology support desk will be available regular hours. Room 160 will once again become additional study space for students (on the first floor, near the elevators). Additionally, the Learning Center will continue provide tutoring and academic assistance from dead week through the Wednesday of finals week, June 14th.

Can’t make it to the Library? The Library’s Online Research Guides will help you find resources for your research. Search by subject or search for resources for a specific course. Additionally, our 24/7 online chat reference will continue to be available for those who need assistance outside of the Library.

Stress Relief for Finals

On Wednesday, June 7th, SHAC‘s Wellness and Health Advisory Team (WHAT) will once again be at the Library providing stress relief services for students. They will have a table outside the library from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and they will also hand out stress relief kits to students studying inside the library.

Late Night Library Access

A PSU ID card will be required to enter the Library after 9:00 p.m. If you need a PSU ID card please visit ID card Services in Neuberger. Follow the steps below to enter the library after 9:00 p.m. with your PSU ID card:

  1. Have your white PSU ID at the ADA-accessible entrance
  2. Touch the PSU ID card on the black card reader at the ADA-accessible entrance
  3. After scanning the PSU ID card, push the blue ADA-accessible door button
  4. Wait about 20 seconds. That door takes a long time to open!
  5. You made it in!

Comic strip shows a photograph of a student using a PSU ID card to enter the library after 9pm

Getting Around Campus Late at Night

Several services are available to assist you if you are leaving the Library late at night. Call Campus Public Safety at (503) 725-4407 for a safety escort to your vehicle or dorm. College Housing Northwest (CHN) also offers extended hours for their Goose Hollow Shuttle during the 24/7 Library service.

More information:
Library Hours
Ask a Librarian
Portland State University Academic Calendar


Library Closed May 29th for Memorial Day

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PSU Library Closed May 29th for Memorial Day

PSU Library exteriorPortland State University Library will be closed on Monday, May 29 for Memorial Day.

Research help will still be available online. The PSU Library website and databases have much of the information you need for classes during the break. Browse the Research Guides for information about subjects and classes at PSU. Chat reference will also be available during the holiday if you have a question.

More information:
Library Hours
PSU Holidays and Closures

Stream Films and Documentaries with Kanopy

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Kanopy and the Criterion Collection

Girl watching a movie on in the PSU Library
Stream films, documentaries and music through the PSU Library’s databases

Kanopy is one of the many streaming media databases available at the PSU Library. With its large collection of films and documentaries available for streaming, Kanopy is the latest featured resource at the PSU Library.

Kanopy’s movie library spans across the globe and includes new and classic films, international films, as well as films from festivals. Kanopy’s collection also includes documentaries, educational films, and instructional videos across many disciplines. Use Kanopy to watch films and documentaries across many disciplines, as well as films representing many different perspectives. Additionally, viewers can enjoy features such as closed captions, transcripts, and additional related readings that provide more context to films.

The Criterion Collection in Kanopy is popular with film studies scholars. The Criterion Collection has some of the greatest films from around the world, available online in high quality. Viewers can browse genres like world documentaries, French new wave film, Japanese cinema, along with many other topics.

Try Kanopy now (PSU login required off-campus).

Streaming Media at PSU Library

PSU Library has many streaming films and music resources. You can stream popular films and documentaries, as well as music, opera and dance video, newsreels, and television archives. Our streaming content also includes educational videos about topics taught here at Portland State. Watch and learn about medical symptoms, counseling and therapy, and educational methods. Finally, PSU Library’s streaming content collection is continually updated to reflect the needs of our researchers, so be sure to check in for new content.

More information:
Streaming Film & Music

Find Statistics for Your Research

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What is Statista?

Statista is a database covering statistics on a wide range of topics like business, media, and demographics from trustworthy sources. It includes both free data like government information, as well as proprietary information purchased from market research firms. Researchers can easily find the sources of the statistical data, and also download the results in multiple formats (XLS, PPT, PNG, and PDF). Scholars can use Statista to look at the big picture or specific details when doing statistics research. Find the answers to questions like:

  • What is the market analysis and forecast for a specific company? What about for a specific product?
  • How do Americans read, and how does this compare worldwide?
  • Why does a specific age group live tweet a television show or movie?

Try Statista Now (PSU login required off-campus.)

Business, Media and Demographic Information

Survey about public confidence in US economy from Pew Research Center
“Infographic: Public Confidence In The U.S. Economy Hits 10-Year High” from Statista

Statista has both statistical information as well as forecasts for many different topics. Learn about specific industries and industry forecasts, or find dossiers for different markets. You can also find information about digital markets and physical markets.

Students and researchers in disciplines beyond business will also find Statista useful. Examine statistics about the media, as well as demographic information. Learn about companies and employment information, popularity of genres or specific titles, and also specific information about how consumers behave with books, video games, and other kinds of media. Finally, explore demographic information within industries and markets, or look at demographics of media consumers.

Build upon your research when you explore a topic within Statista. Examine a company to find news, statistics and forecasts, as well as information about competitors, related markets and related trends.

More information:
Sociology Data and Statistics Guide
Urban Studies Statistics and Demographics Guide

Please note that off-campus access to Statista is restricted to current PSU students, faculty, and staff.

Award-Winning Student Projects in PDXScholar

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Student Urban Planning Projects Online

Portland State University Library’s digital collection of student-created urban planning projects is continuing to grow in size and popularity. This collection of projects is the result of a collaboration between the PSU Library and the Dirce Moroni Toulan Library of Urban and Public Affairs. These projects, created for both public- and private-sector clients, are the culminating works of Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) student teams.

MURP planning projects are available through the PSU Library’s PDXScholar platform. The Library has digitized 151 contemporary and historic projects ranging from 1977 to 2016.  Additionally, 17 newly digitized planning projects have been added to the collection. As of this writing, researchers across the globe have downloaded over 13,000 MURP Workshop Projects to study innovative urban plans.

Award-Winning Student Projects

Image with caption: "The Night Access Plan lays out a strategy to make getting to and from OHSU at night and early in the morning safer, more convenient, and affordable"
Night Access Plan (2016)

MURP planning projects evaluate current urban plans and develop alternative plans, as well as recommended courses of action. The projects are problem-centered and geographically-focused, and they also incorporate innovative public involvement efforts.

These projects have made major contributions to their clients, and have influenced the practice of planning locally and regionally. State and national award-winning projects  provide creative and practical solutions to everyday problems. MURP projects have received national recognition. They provide context and a lasting impact on urban planning issues that still affect Portland today.

Projects with Lasting Influence

Figures 5.4 and 5.5 show view of street before and after
The Value of Place: Planning for Walkability in the Tigard Triangle (2016)

Many urban issues faced by people in the Portland metropolitan area are long-term problems. Researchers can examine older MURP projects to look at trends related to specific issues. Additionally, these historic projects give insight into changes that resulted from the projects.

The Lents Gateway proposal looks at a community that was divided by the I-205 highway. The original proposal gives background information into a community that seeks to repair damage by urban planning. This proposal from 1996 has had a lasting impact on planning in Lents. More recent Portland development and urban renewal plans seek not only to repair, but also to further grow the neighborhood. There are now plans to also connect the neighborhood with light rail and rapid transit. Additionally, it provided growing opportunities for small business development and jobs.

A low-income housing project examined ways to improve housing for Native Americans in Portland. This project looked at research on communities and demographics to provide information for a community group and to plan for solutions. This planning project researched short-term needs like rental units and housing, as well as long-term goals like economic development and community building. Finally, this historic study provides a broader context into the current low-income housing shortage that persists in Portland today.

About MURP and PDXScholar

The Master of Urban and Regional Planning is a two-year, 72 credit professional degree program designed for those interested in working as professional planners. The curriculum includes a 46-credit core that focuses on the history and theory of planning as a field, plan implementation, analytical methods (including Geographic Information Systems [GIS]), and the dynamics of metropolitan development.

PDXScholar, a service of Portland State University Library, provides open access to a diverse collection of academic, scholarly, scientific, and creative content produced by faculty, students, and staff. PDXScholar increases the visibility of authors’ works, maximizes research impact, facilitates interdisciplinary research. It also provides regional and global communities with immediate and permanent access.

PDXScholar Reaches 2 Million Downloads

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We are excited to announce that PDXScholar has passed the 2 million download mark!

PDXScholar: The Institutional Repository of PSU Scholarship

PDXScholar is an online archive for PSU-authored articles, textbooks, journals, conferences, reports, data sets and dissertations/theses. It maximizes research impact, facilitates interdisciplinary research, and expands the reach of Portland State University scholarship worldwide. PDXScholar hosts:

Map of PDXScholar downloads worldwide
Readership data © 2017 bepress, Map data © 2017 Google

Student Impact

Cover of textbook
Sanders, Robert, “Leyendas y arquetipos del Romanticismo español, Segunda edición (2017). Open Access Textbook.

PDXscholar hosts student-run, peer-reviewed publications, such as Anthós, The Hatfield Graduate Journal of Public Affairs, and McNair Scholars Journal. Students gain early career experience in publishing research, and they can showcase their scholarship. Nearly 1,000 students have used PDXOpen textbooks in their classes, and students have saved over $100,000 by using these free online textbooks tailored for PSU classes.

Worldwide Connection

In addition to preserving the intellectual output of our community, scholars across the globe use PDXScholar to find Portland State research and connect with each other. Tina Anctil, associate professor and chair of the Counselor Education Department, explains:

“Seeing the global impact of my work has been both exciting and humbling. One of the most interesting exchanges I’ve had was from a doctoral student in Kenya who contacted me to discuss my research. We scheduled a Skype conversation that lasted for an hour of substantive conversation about her dissertation study, including a portion that she modeled from one of my prior studies. This impact is rarely seen from a journal publication, so it’s been very satisfying to me as a scholar.”

Cover of Anthos journal
Anthós is a student-run, peer-reviewed academic journal

Submit Your Work

PDXScholar provides a consistent, long-term home for work created at Portland State University. Faculty, students and staff can be assured that their scholarship is preserved in perpetuity when placing links on résumés or websites. Add your scholarly works to PDXScholar, and help us reach the next million mark!

Submitting published works is easy:
Email Digital Initiatives Staff

Learn More:
PDXScholar Services
PDXScholar Submission Guidelines

Research Art and Art History with Artstor

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Our latest featured resource at the Portland State Library is Artstor. This database has an immense collection of images, as well as tools to make it easy to use and download images. Furthermore, it has tools to help in teaching. Maximize your art and art history research when you use Artstor alongside PSU Library guides.

Use Artstor for Research and Teaching

The Jolly Flatboatmen by George Caleb Bingham, 1846. From the National Gallery of Art.
The Jolly Flatboatmen by George Caleb Bingham, 1846. From the National Gallery of Art.

Researchers may browse through Artstor, or search for something specific. Categories like geography show artwork from a specific country, and classification reveals specific types of art. The art spans traditional art like painting and illuminated manuscripts, and also to architecture, film, landscape, and many more types of art.

Researchers may also browse by specific repositories. This can be useful because for researchers art repositories often group similar types and styles of art, and often have a lot of background information to help with research.

Additionally, Artstor has tools to help researchers manage images. Group images together to organize them, and also download them in bulk. Furthermore, bulk downloads include citations and other information about images, making it easier for researchers.

Artstor also has teaching resources to help users design curriculum for all age groups and levels, from K-12 to experts. These resources span across the many different types of art and art history resources in the collections. Most importantly, scholars can share the images in research and instruction because all content is cleared for educational use.

PSU Resources

Folio from an illustrated manuscript ca. 1597-1598. Image from The Met Museum.
Folio from an illustrated manuscript ca. 1597-1598. Image from The Met Museum.

PSU Library’s Open Educational Resources Guide connects researchers to open texts, streaming images and media, Portland State materials, and other open access resources that are useful to researchers. Additionally, anyone across the globe can use these resources, including students who have graduated from PSU. This is because Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research materials in any medium that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.

PSU Library’s subject guides connect researchers to resources for subjects taught as Portland State. Our architecture, art and art history guides have links to find scholarly articles, books, reference books, primary sources, as well as citation help.

PSU Library’s art databases connect researchers to many other kinds of resources on arts and the humanities. These span across history to the present, as well as across many different regions and types of resources.

PSU Library’s A-Z list of databases shows which resources are restricted or open access. Some PSU resources, including Artstor, are restricted off-campus to current PSU students, faculty and staff. A locked padlock (locked padlock symbol) indicates resources that are restricted off-campus. Conversely, open access resources are available to all researchers across the globe. An unlocked padlock (open access logo) indicates open access resources.

Other Resources 

Place Vintimille by Edouard Vuillard, 1911. From the National Gallery of Art.
Place Vintimille by Edouard Vuillard, 1911. From the National Gallery of Art.

Many US museums help researchers find images online through digital libraries, letting researchers worldwide experience the arts. Metadata in these collections informs researchers about the item, its context, and usage rights. This makes easier to determine if the items are open access or free of copyright restrictions.

Research Current Events

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context Shows the Big Picture

Pictured: Issues related to "Drones" in Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Content includes viewpoints, academic journals and statistics.
Pictured: Information about “Drones” in Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Content includes viewpoints, academic journals and statistics.

Current events are rarely simple or clear cut. Fortunately, Opposing Viewpoints in Context connects researchers with the context of the different perspectives behind current issues, along with reliable facts and evidence.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a database that contains detailed, reliable information about current events. This information comes from a variety of sources: newspapers, magazines, reference works, and scholarly journals. Additionally, several different perspectives for each current issue give more context. Researchers can use all of this information to understand the full context behind today’s headlines.

Newspaper articles and essays about current events, called viewpoints, provide up-to-date information about current events. However, bias in news articles and viewpoints means researchers need more information to get the big picture.

Fortunately, Opposing Viewpoints in Context presents the big picture by connecting researchers to reliable and authoritative supporting documents, along with additional points of view, historical information, and context. Statistics and peer-reviewed research articles provide evidence for each topic. Additional reference information, images, and videos can provide a historical background. Researchers can confidently research current events with evidence and scholarly research, without worrying about sensationalized claims or “fake news.”

More Resources at PSU

In addition to Opposing Viewpoints in Context, PSU Library has other resources available to help researchers understand current events.

CQ Researcher has in-depth coverage of current social and public policy issues. Professional journalists write and fact-check these reports. These articles include an overview, history, chronology, pro/con feature, plus additional resources for further research. CQ Researcher is an excellent database to use in addition to Opposing Viewpoints in Context.

The Identify & Challenge Fake News guide was made by PSU Librarians to help researchers identify, verify, and understand the news. It provides background information about what “fake news” is, as well as current examples of fake news. There is also information about fact-checking and finding accurate information. Researchers can also learn about how media consumption like search algorithms, as well as political news, affects personal biases. Finally, resources for instructors are available to facilitate discussion and help students evaluate information.

Please note that off-campus access to Opposing Viewpoints in Context and CQ Researcher is restricted to current PSU students, faculty, and staff.