We all know the pleasant feeling of finding a link in an online catalog to a full-text copy of a report. Unfortunately, the speed of digitization projects sometimes outpace catalogers. This is particularly true for recently scanned ODFW publications. For some time, the OSU Libraries have been scanning ODFW publications and putting them in Scholars Archive, our digital repository. This note is about some easy ways to find this material.

How can you find this online material?

Search within ScholarsArchive.
Surprisingly, this is probably the least desirable method of access. The search engine in the repository is not the most agile or precise. You will be better off:

Searching with your favorite search engine.
Scholars Archive is routinely mined by open access web-crawlers. If you know what you want, just search for it.

Browse the collection to see what is available.

  • Starting at the ScholarsArchive home page.
  • Clickon the “Browse By … Community” link on the left side of the screen. A long list of communities and collections will come up.
  • Click on the Natural Resources collection.
  • Click on the Sub-Community for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Within the ODFW sub-collection are publications from ODFW and the earlier Oregon Fish Commission. Series scanned include the Research Briefs, Research Notes, Contributions and Annual Reports.

Mark Karnowski and others at ODFW have been busily scanning documents in their possession, and have made significant contributions to this resource. We hope to begin a scanning project in the Guin Library in the near future.

Other sources for ODFW publications:

The Corvallis Research Laboratory has many publications on its website, including Progress and Information Reports.

Other publications can be found in the StreamNet Library . You have to look closely at the record sometimes to find the link, but this is a good resource for hard-to-find items. The Oregon State Library catalog has links to many publications. If you are interested in the southern part of our state, the Southern Oregon Digital Archives (SODA) is a wonderful resource. You will probably want to click on the “Bioregion Collection.”

Posted - August 04, 2011