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What is

NOAA Significant Earthquakes database
NOAA Significant Earthquakes data is part of is a source of accessible, discoverable, and open government data. This treasure trove of data spans across all disciplines because it pulls data from so many organizations. 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, is an incredibly useful tool for everyone.

How works provides access to federal open government data as well as data from state, local, and tribal governments. 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 team makes it open and available to all, synchronizing it as often as every 24 hours. Because is an open government resource, it is available to everyone. 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:
Ask a Librarian Website

This resource appears in the following subject guides:
Government Information
Maps & GIS
Urban Studies & Planning

Discover PSU Faculty Experts with Expert Gallery

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SelectedWorks logoThe SelectedWorks Expert Gallery is a discovery interface for exploration of SelectedWorks faculty profiles affiliated with Portland State University. The new Expert Gallery is designed to promote the strengths of our faculty by showcasing the rich expertise of PSU researchers. Search the Expert Gallery by name, discipline, research interest, and by organization to find a PSU faculty expert.

SelectedWorks is one of several PDXScholar services.


  • Engages researchers with your work
  • Shares your full scholarly background
  • Captures your scholarship, including data, video, and teaching materials
  • Highlights your areas of expertise

Get started with SelectedWorks:
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Featured Resource – Roper iPoll

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What is public opinion, and what do all of those election polls and surveys actually mean? Learn more with Roper iPoll.

The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research has a collection of data and background information about polls, surveys, and elections. They also have resources that explain how to analyze and understand election and public opinion data.

More information about elections and politics:
Elections and Politics Guide

Ask a Librarian if you have questions about using Roper iPoll or any other Library resource.

Welcome, Vikings! – A Guide for Students

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Getting Started at the Library

Ask a Librarian

The Library has many resources to make your fall term a success. Ask a Librarian if you have any questions.

digitaldisplaytechEquipment Checkout

You can borrow equipment from the Portland State University Library, including mobile device chargers, headphones, graphing calculators, laptops, and iPads from the 1st floor Circulation Desk.

More Information:
iPad, Laptop & Equipment Checkout
Library Services for Students

Quiet Floors and Study Rooms

Do you need a quiet place to study? The basement, 4th, and 5th floors are designated quiet floors to provide students with places to focus and study. Study rooms are available throughout the Library for a space to study, practice a presentation, or work on a group project. A special family study room is available for students with children. Check out keys from the 1st floor Circulation Desk.

More Information:
Study Spaces & Computers

Textbooks and Course Reserves

The Library has many textbooks available for checkout. You can search the Library Catalog to see if we have your textbook in the reserve collection behind the 1st floor Circulation Desk or on the shelves.

More Information:
Course Reserves
Library Catalog

Computer Labs

The Library has computer labs on the 1st and 2nd floors. Both labs have PC and Mac computers, wheelchair accessible stations, scanners, and color printers. There are also research kiosks available for visitors.

More Information:
Computer Labs

Research Help

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Get help with your research at the Library Research Center on the 2nd floor. Reference Librarians will assist you with all stages of your research including brainstorming topics, finding articles, citing your sources, and more. You can get research help in person or 24/7 online.

More Information:
Ask a Librarian

Writing Center Outpost and Learning Center

The 2nd floor is also home to the Writing Center Outpost and Learning Center. The Writing Center Outpost will help you with your paper at any stage of the writing process from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays, and the Learning Center will help you with tutoring, study skills, and many other services.

More Information:
Writing Center Outpost

Exhibits and Events

New Exhibit at the Library

Viking 1947

Coming in October: An exhibit on The Viking, the Portland State annual publication from 1945 through 1995. The Viking began as a traditional yearbook and grew to become a snapshot into life on campus and around town. In October, view the exhibit inside the library to see the history of Portland through the eyes of past Portland State students, faculty and staff.

Read the PSU Viking Yearbooks Online:
The Viking

Upcoming Library Workshops

Streamline your thesis, dissertation, or research paper. Our upcoming library workshops will help you master managing citations, literature reviews, and data management.

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Workshop & Tours

Fall Term Drop-in Workshops & Tours

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Upcoming Workshops

Managing Resources with Zotero and Mendeley

Zotero and Mendeley are web-based and desktop citation and PDF management tools that make it easy to collect, organize and cite research materials. Both are terrific tools for anyone working on a research project, as they can help you manage your research materials from multiple sources and insert them into your documents with ease.

Dates Offered
Tuesday, October 11th 4–5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 26th 4–5:30 p.m.

Library, Room 160
1st floor, across from elevators

Michael Bowman

Research for Thesis and Dissertation Literature Reviews

A thorough literature review sets the stage for success in a large research project like a thesis, dissertation, or grant proposal. This session will give students tips and strategies for conducting an effective and comprehensive literature review.

Date Offered
Thursday, October 20th, 12 – 1 p.m.

Library, Room 160
1st floor, across from elevators

Kim Pendell

Research Data Management

Your research data needs care and maintenance in order to be effective and retain its viability. What file formats and organization should you use? What documentation should accompany your data so that you (and others) can re-use it in the future? What are the current standards in your field for adding metadata and prepare it for deposit in a repository? Learn the answers in our workshop!

Date Offered
Wednesday, November 2nd 4–5:30 p.m.

Library, Room 160
1st floor, across from elevators

Kim Pendell

Tour the Library

During the first 4 weeks of the term, guided tours are given Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m. & Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m.

Meet at the 1st floor Circulation Desk.

Oregon Cultural Trust Grant Awarded to Special Collections: Preserving Historic Newspapers of Oregon’s African American Community

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The PSU Library is pleased to announce it has received a $5000 grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust to preserve and make accessible its historical collection of local Black-owned and published newspapers. The newspapers were donated to Portland State in 2012 by Charlotte Rutherford as part of the Verdell Burdine and Otto G. Rutherford Family Collection. The collection documents over one hundred years of Black community history in Oregon and includes photographs, scrapbooks, organizational records, personal papers, and publications. Its newspapers, dating from the 1910s through the 1980s, are a unique window to the national, regional, political and cultural context of their time. With photos and announcements of local events and ads from businesses, they also capture the vitality of the community over time. While in high demand by researchers, educators and students, regular use puts the original newspapers, many the only known print copies, at great risk. This grant will support the digitization of the collection to preserve it and make it available online. It will also fund the printing of full-size color facsimiles that can be safely shared at community events and in classrooms. The project will be overseen by the Library’s Head of Special Collections.

More Information:

PSU Library Special Collections & University Archives
African American History in Oregon: the Rutherford Family Collection

PSU Librarians Attend Summit to Improve Student Success with Open Textbooks

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Using open textbooks can save students hundreds of dollars per year. Creating awareness of open textbooks as an option remains a challenge, which is why PSU librarians Karen Bjork and Sarah Beasley attended the Open Textbook Network (OTN) Summer Institute Aug. 9-12, 2016 at the University of Minnesota.

The OTN, an alliance of nearly 250 colleges and universities across the country, supports developing strategies for advancing open textbook programs on their campuses. PSU joined the OTN in 2015. Over the last year, the OTN has grown by nearly 175 members. The institute focused on strategies to increase campus awareness of the negative impact high textbook costs can have on students’ academic performance.

Published under a Creative Commons license, open textbooks are available to students for free. Faculty can custom edit the textbooks to meet their needs. By using open textbooks, students can save thousands of dollars over a college career. The OTN has already saved students an estimated total of $3.1 million in textbook costs. PDXOpen, PSU Library’s open textbook project, has saved PSU students $61,000 since its first textbooks went online in 2015.

“Open textbooks eliminate the cost barrier between students and their learning,” said David Ernst, director of the Center for Open Education and executive director of the OTN. “The institutions in the Open Textbook Network are all committed to improving student success through the use of these textbooks.”

“Textbook affordability is a huge issue for our PSU students. Working with the Open Textbook Network helps us find solutions to decrease the cost of textbooks and course materials,’’ said Marilyn Moody, Dean of the PSU Library.

The Open Textbook Network also hosts the Open Textbook Library, the first searchable online catalog of open textbooks, many of which are reviewed by faculty at OTN institutions. Currently, more than 260 textbook titles (including PDXOpen books) are available for use.

More Information:

You may also contact Karen Bjork, Head of Digital Initiatives  or Sarah Beasley, Research and Instruction Services Manager.

Branford’s Bean Closes Aug 12

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getting coffee from a vending machine, 1969
Vending machine coffee at Portland State, 1969, from the University Archives Digital Gallery

The coffee and snack bar in the Library, Branford’s Bean, will close on Friday, August 12 and remained closed for the rest of the summer.

Branford’s Bean will re-open the week before fall term.