ProQuest will be performing infrastructure maintenance on 6th December, 2009. A four (4) hour maintenance window will be required for this maintenance. The window will take place 7:00 PM – 11 PM on Saturday, December 5, 2009. The following electronic resources will be unavailable during this time:

  • American Periodical Series
  • Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA)
  • Conference Papers Index
  • Environmental Science & Pollution Management (ESPM)
  • Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
  • Oceanic Abstracts
  • Safari Books Online
  • Social Services Abstracts
  • Sociological Abstracts

OSU Libraries now has access to the following electronic reference titles from Gale through the Oregon Statewide Database Licensing Program:


  • Ancient Greece and Rome: An Encyclopedia for Students – Covers an extensive array of topics on ancient Greece and Rome including daily life, art and architecture, philosophy, science, religion, statesmen, military leaders, emperors, and more.
  • Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion – A survey of clothing, costume and fashion, presented through 640 essays, arranged alphabetically. Coverage includes the origins of clothing and body adornment, the development of fabrics and technologies, and the social meanings of dress, as well as representative costumes from a wide range of historical eras. For students and researchers at the high-school level or higher.
  • Encyclopedia of Education – Offers a complete view of the institutions, people, processes, roles, and philosophies in educational practice in the United States and throughout the world. Features biographies of influential educators; profiles of historic colleges and universities and of organizations active in the field; and an appendix of full text source documents, including education related legislation, international treaties, and testing methods.
  • Europe 1789-1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire – A survey of European history from the onset of the French Revolution to the outbreak of World War. Alphabetically arranged entries cover the period’s most significant personalities and meaningful developments in the arts, religion, politics, exploration, and warfare. For students, scholars, and general readers.
  • Europe Since 1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of War and Reconstruction – A survey of European history from the beginning of World War I in 1914 to the present, presented through alphabetically arranged entries that focus on the period’s scientific, social and cultural history as well as the political, military and economic developments. For students and general readers.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health – Provides detailed information on mental disorders and conditions. Also features entries for prescription, alternative and over-the-counter drugs, as well as the various therapies used to treat mental disorders.

Reference Libraries

  • Middle Ages Reference Library – How did the Sunni Shiite split in medieval times bring about modern tensions between Iran and Iraq? Middle Ages Reference Library helps students answer this question and many other enigmas by encouraging them to see how events and ideas are linked.
  • World War I Reference Library – Comprehensive coverage of the historical events, people, and documents of World War I in a straightforward manner that will be easily understood by middle and high school students.
  • World War II Reference Library – Provides background and information on major topics about the World War II period, biographies of significant men and women involved in the war, and primary sources such as full or excerpted speeches, diary entries, newspaper accounts and other original documents.

Social Issues Primary Sources Collections

  • Crime and Punishment – Explores the development, diversity, and duality of attitudes and arguments related to crime and punishment.
  • Environmental Issues – Offers insights into the origins of environmental consciousness, the complexities of environmental science, and the sometimes contentious arguments surrounding environmental issues.
  • Family in Society – Provides readings into two centuries of changes in concepts, representations, and roles of the family in society.
  • Gender Issues and Sexuality – Provides insight into the personal, social, and political issues of gender and sexuality–issues that range from intimate matters of personal belief to matters that profoundly shape modern society.
  • Government, Politics, and Protest – Explores the causes and nature of protest as well as the historical tension between protest and government, including underlying causes.
  • Human and Civil Rights – Covers the universal guarantees of security of person and freedom of conscience for all individuals regardless of nationality, ethnicity, race, religion, or gender.
  • Immigration and Multiculturalism – Offers insight into two centuries of global changes in populations and cultures.
  • Medicine, Bioethics, and Health – Explores the development, diversity, and linking of science and ethics as embodied in medical advances, social policy, and law.
  • Social Policy – Explores how governments and groups have developed and implemented social policies that have shaped societies and influenced social justice and social change.
  • Terrorism – Provides insight into the scale and complexities of terrorism across a sweeping landscape of time, geography, act, and motive.

Other Reference Sources

  • Real-Life Math – Provides an understanding of commonly studied math concepts by illustrating their use in everyday life in everyday tasks, such as buying insurance, constructing a budget, reading graphs, adjusting cooking recipes or planning for retirement. Topics are designed to support the modern mathematics curriculum and contain examples related to the global economy.
  • Witchcraft in America – Covers the history of witchcraft in the United States from the hysteria that facilitated the witch hunts during the colonial period to modern day followers of Wicca.