Bonnie's Library Tips: Posts from September 2009

Update: Forestry Journals and Authors Rights

Here is an updated edition of a spreadsheet giving Author-Rights to self-archive pre/post prints in forestry related journals as of September 2009.  Information is from SherpaRoMEO and some website sleuthing.  Feel free to send corrections or additions to me.

Why can’t I see this article!

When you can’t view a journal you used to access, more than likely the cause is temporary, an “e-glitch.”  If this happens, before you assume the worst:

  • Contact us at:  valley.reference@oregonstate.edu so we can look into it for you (and fix the problem for everyone).
  • If you are looking for a specific article provide that information.

Some common problems stem from getting to the journal website without initiating the library’s e-proxy server – particularly when you are off campus and you must be authenticated as part of the OSU Community covered by our subscription.  For that reason,

  • Don’t rely bookmarking a journal website for access beyond viewing abstracts;
  • Consider a Google search as a means to identify an article not as a means of viewing it.
  • Appreciate those open-access journals that do not rely on licenses.
  • Never pay for access to an article… interlibrary loan is free to you.

Do consider bookmarking the following sites:

You may have heard that the library is cancelling quite a few journal subscriptions in 2009/2011.  We made every effort to NOT cancel highly used journals.   But thresholds of use vary with subscription costs.  The rule of thumb is not to cancel a journal if the “cost per use” has been less than the cost of an average interlibrary loan transaction.  

We hope you will find it a rare occasion when you don’t have access to articles in your favorite journals.  If this happens we will get them for you via interlibrary loan.   To register and read more about  this service go to: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/ill/).