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Project MUSE eBooks at PSU Library

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About Project MUSE

Project MUSE is a database with both scholarly eJournals & eBooks from University presses and scholarly societies in a wide range of subjects within the humanities and social sciences. All content is peer-reviewed prior to publication and edited after the peer-review by the university presses. The PSU Library has access to over 1,000 eBook titles from Project MUSE, and this collection is still growing. The PSU Library Project MUSE eBooks collections include the following subject areas:

  • US Regional Studies, West
  • Political Science and Policy Studies
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies

Access Project MUSE eBooks

You can search for Project MUSE eBooks in the PSU Library catalog, or you can search for books directly from Project MUSE. Project MUSE will search everything by default, including items that PSU Library does not own. Fortunately, it is simple to refine your search to find only eBooks. First, sign in to Project MUSE on a campus computer, or off-campus with your Odin account. Next, click the “Browse” button at the top of the page.

Project Muse home page, with browse button highlighted

A menu will appear after you click the “Browse” button. On this menu, click the link for “Books.”

Project Muse ebooks home page, within browse menu, with Books link highlighted

You should now see every single eBook within Project MUSE. Now we need to access the eBooks purchased by the PSU Library. First, go to “Access” on the left-hand side of the page. Then select “Only content I have full access to.”

Project Muse ebooks option to select "only content I have full access to" is turned on

After these three steps, you now can search the Project MUSE eBooks owned by the PSU Library. These ebooks can be downloaded to a computer or tablet for an unlimited time, and PSU faculty and students can print out as much as they need.

Other eBooks at the PSU Library

The  PSU Library access to over a million eBooks from several publishers and vendors in addition to Project MUSE. Search for eBooks at the PSU Library. Simply search for a keyword, and then refine your search results to eBooks. You may find entire chapters, or entire eBooks, online at the PSU Library.

If another library has an eBook you want to view, you may be able to access it using a public computer at that library, or borrow the print edition. If you have any questions about accessing an eBook at the PSU Library, please Ask a Librarian. Please note that many eBook collections are licensed for use by on-site patrons and current Portland State University students, faculty, and staff.

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Open Access Research with OpenDOAR

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What is Open Access Research

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Open Access logo CC BY-SA 3.0 via Public Library of Science (PLoS).

Open access is the movement to make scholarly endeavors available to the public without financial and licensing barriers. Because the publication model is still growing, more and more institutions have joined in making research open and available. Many universities, agencies throughout the world, and even some major research funders and foundations have valuable data available. After the data is published, it is stored in online repositories that can be accessed by researchers.

Opening the Door to Open Research

OpenDOAR, or the Directory of Open Access Repositories, lists open access repositories from around the world in a single, central location. Researchers search across across many repositories by location and type of repository, author, and by materials and can then access all of the research inside.

Open Access at PSU

PDXScholar, PSU Library’s online repository, contains many open access textbooks, theses, dissertations, and faculty and student research. Portland State students, faculty, alumni, and researchers have downloaded nearly 1.8 million items from PDXScholar since July 2013.  The Open Social Work research guide, designed by a PSU Librarian, connects alumni and practicing social workers in Oregon with social work research. Finally, Our A-Z research database list also indicates whether a database is open access. Resources with the open access logo, an unlocked padlock (Open access logo showing unlocked padlock) will then know that the information they are using is fully open.

Learn more about open access initiatives, like our open textbooks that are free to students, when you visit the PSU Library’s website. Our open access and public access page will connect you to open access resources, as well as information about current projects.

More information:
Open Access & Public Access
About PDXScholar
A-Z list of databases at PSU Library

Social Work Research at PSU Library

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Social workers assist millions of people every day. Clients can be anyone, from veterans to children, families and entire communities. Social workers often work with people who are going through devastating illnesses or mental health crises. Furthermore, social workers handle complex issues that can range from public policy to social justice and community services. As a result, social workers need research tools that tackle the evolving needs of many clients in many different situations.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Social Work

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Social Work interview (Helen Gordon Center), 5/5/76

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Social Work, PSU Library’s featured resource, is a powerful tool for researchers. Use it to search for valuable background information on topics related to social work. In addition, references at the end of entries will lead you to key researchers and foundational works on those topics.

Like the field of social work, the Oxford Encyclopedia of Social Work gets updated as policies and trends change. Consequently, the Encyclopedia’s newest edition covers updates like demographic changes from immigration, technology, managed care, faith-based care, evidence-based practice, gerontology, trauma, and disaster care. In addition to subjects relating to social work, the encyclopedia also has biographies of people who shaped the field.

Social work research at the PSU library

Librarians at the PSU Library have created helpful guides for researchers studying social work and related topics. Learn more about the Oxford Encyclopedia of Social Work and other PSU Library resources. In addition, learn more about related topics like community health and public policy.

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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Research

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About the Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies

Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies is a featured resource at the PSU Library. Gender and sexuality studies is an interdisciplinary social science, which means that it spans more than one field of study. Researchers examine gender and sexuality along with race and culture as part of a larger context. Subjects range from sociology, anthropology, cultural studies and politics, to contemporary history and psychology. Furthermore, researchers can explore these topics zoomed in at a local level, or at a larger cultural or regional view.

Using Encyclopedias for Research

Illustrated graphic from the PSU 1976 Women’s Studies certificate program course catalog, drawn by student P. Sexton

Encyclopedias are organized by subject. Subjects can range from specific events or people to broad concepts. As a result, researchers can home in on a topic or zoom out to examine broader context. Furthermore, helpful information is listed at the end of each entry. Related subjects let researchers find more information and build upon their research.  Finally, references and reading lists at the end of each entry help to point researchers to additional information.

PSU Library’s online encyclopedias accessible and easy to use,  and they are also scholarly. They are edited by verified experts and scholars in each discipline. In addition, the information, references and related topics are up-to-date. Researchers can use PSU Library’s scholarly resources to search for a topic, find current reliable information, and use that to find other related information online through the PSU Library.

Gender and Sexuality Studies Resources at the PSU Library

Along with Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies, PSU has many other resources such as databases of scholarly journals and articles, dissertations and theses, multimedia, and books.

  • Our research guide on Women, Gender and Sexuality studies will direct researchers to appropriate resources and how to develop your topic, use Library resources, cite sources, and find other helpful information about researching this topic
  • PDXScholar is the Portland State Library’s institutional repository, meaning it contains dissertations, theses, and research articles by PSU students, staff and faculty. All content on PDXScholar is open access.

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Urban Studies Abstracts and Research

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About Urban Studies Abstracts

Urban Studies Abstracts, our featured resource, is a collection of abstracts and trade publications that describe urban planning. Trade publications specialize in a specific trade or industry, while abstracts condense a large amount of research into a summary. This information includes urban affairs, community development, history and urban planning. This collection of abstracts coupled with trade publications means that researchers will find the latest information, all in one place. 

Use Abstracts for Research

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Image from a PSU student-led Masters of Urban Planning project1

An abstract is a self-contained, short and powerful summary with keywords that describe the research. Urban studies abstracts discuss the scope, purpose, and results of the research. The structure of abstracts may vary by academic field, but they all have the same goal – to make research easier.

Abstracts save the researcher time in addition to providing information about the research. Readers read the summary in an abstract and can quickly decide whether or not to read more. Likewise, online databases use information in the abstract to make it easier to find similar research.

Finally, researchers use abstracts to find more research outside of the PSU Library. PSU students, staff and faculty can request items not held by the PSU Library through Summit or Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Summit and Interlibrary Loan allow researchers to request print books and online articles from other libraries, even across the world.

Urban Studies Resources at the PSU Library

Urban Studies Abstracts is one of many sources of urban studies research available through the PSU Library. Urban studies research is usually interdisciplinary, meaning you get more out of your research by exploring other guides and databases for more context. PSU Library’s urban studies resources all focus on a common goal — understanding metropolitan regions, issues, and policies.

The PSU Library has several tools for researchers to explore urban studies, including: 

Please note that some PSU Library resources, including Urban Studies Abstracts, are licensed for use by on-site patrons and current Portland State University students, faculty, and staff.

1“Preliminary Sketch by Jeff Thierfelder.” Andreades, Debra; Khan, Arif; Hughes, Emily; and Konkol, Tony, Boise Neighborhood Gateway Project (2003). Master of Urban and Regional Planning Workshop Projects. http://pdxscholar.library.pdx.edu/usp_murp/143, p. 35.

Featured Resource – Routledge Handbooks Online

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About Routledge Handbooks Online

The Routledge Handbooks Onlineroutledge-handbooks-online-long is the Portland State University Library’s featured resource. Routledge Handbooks Online is a collection of many scholarly reference eBooks. The eBooks have information on research topics vital to PSU students and faculty. Topics include historic and current research, and future trends in the Social Sciences and Humanities. They are scholarly guides to theory, method, and primary topics. PSU faculty have authored several works in the collection. The PSU Library has access to works in the following collections in Routledge Handbooks Online:

  • Asian Studies
  • Communication & Media
  • Environmental & Sustainability
  • Literature
  • Middle East Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Using Routledge Handbooks Online at Portland State University

Anyone can access Routledge Handbooks Online while on campus. PSU students, faculty and staff can access the collection off campus 24/7. Researchers can choose whether they want to browse the eBooks like books on a shelf, or search by specific keyword or topic.

The PSU Library has more collections with resources about the above topics. Online subject guides through the PSU Library will point researchers to even more resources outside of the eBooks collection, like physical resources, scholarly articles, government documents, and print books. The Library’s PDXScholar collection will also point researchers to additional scholarly sources, many by PSU faculty and student authors.

More information:
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Routledge Handbooks Online by PSU authors
Subject Guides

Featured Resource – Transport eBooks Collection by Emerald Publishing

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Transportation and Urban Development Resources at PSU Library

The way we transport people and everything else is vital to our daily lives – from the way we commute to school and work, to our travel plans for vacation, to the way our groceries arrive in stores and restaurants. Researchers constantly study transportation, traffic, and urban development for information about how it affects us and how we can improve existing systems. The Portland State University Library has several collections of scholarly resources to help researchers tackle these topics.

view of Portland State University at nightThe Transport eBooks Collection from Emerald Publishing, our featured resource, focuses on the nuts and bolts of transportation infrastructure. The Transport eBooks can be accessed by anyone on-campus, and can be accessed off-campus 24/7 by PSU students, faculty and staff. This collection covers a broad range of topics and disciplines: modes of transportation, safety, logistics, planning, the environment, and the overall impact on quality of life.

The PSU Library also has other collections with resources about transportation, infrastructure and urban development. The Library’s own PDXScholar collection has many PSU and Portland-area publications about local urban development and transportation. The Library’s transportation research guide will also point researchers to other collections of digital and physical resources, including scholarly articles, government documents, and print and electronic books.

More information:
Transportation eBooks by Emerald Publishing
Transportation Research Guide
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Featured Resource – Data.gov

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What is Data.gov?

Data.gov is a source of accessible, discoverable, and open government data. This treasure trove of statistics and information pulls data from many different organizations, so it spans many different disciplines. Built-in search tools help you find the data you need regardless of size, scope or subject. Narrow the data down to the state, county or city level, search by the government organization, by subject or by format, and more. Whether you are researching national businesses or local demographics, Data.gov is an incredibly useful tool for everyone.

How Data.gov works

Data.gov provides access to federal open government data as well as data from state, local, and tribal governments. Data.gov does not create or host the data directly. Instead, it pulls open data resources into one centralized location. Once an open data source is formatted and ready to be used, the Data.gov team makes it open and available to all, synchronizing it as often as every 24 hours. Because Data.gov is an open government resource, it is available to everyone.

Data.gov LogoUse the data in any way you choose to have an impact on your community. Just a few examples of ways that open data has been used in the past include:

  • Tools to find the market value of local organic produce
  • Apps to search for local schools, hospitals, hotels, stores, and more
  • Insights into local neighborhood housing options and trends
  • Free public crime mapping and alert websites

More Information:
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Data.gov Website
About Data.gov

This resource appears in the following subject guides:
Government InformationMaps & GISUrban Studies & Planning