Library Website Tour

Quick Overview: The Library's website is your portal to millions of credible, authoritative resources. But, it can be confusing - especially if you're not familiar with libraries or haven't done any research in a while. You can watch our video tour and/or look at the instructions and screenshots to learn how to navigate it more efficiently and effectively.

COCC Barber Library Website Tour, 7:01, captioned

Access Resources

A major function of our website is to connect you to the many resources - physical and online - that the Library purchases and subscribes to for your use. Click on the blue buttons in the middle of the home page to access resources. The different icons take you to different types of resources.

Resource icons in context

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  • Books & More
    • Library catalogs, where you can find print books, e-books, DVDs, streaming films, government documents (print and online), and print journals.
    • The Barber Library Catalog helps you find things that are locally available and is a great place to start.
    • But, you also have access to millions of items not held locally, via the OSU Libraries Catalog and the Summit Catalog.
    • You can request items from these other libraries and have them delivered to the pickup location of your choice (Madras and Prineville delivery starts in Fall 2013).
    • You can learn more about using library catalogs with our Find Books & More tutorial.
  • Articles & More
    • Online resources, where you can find journal articles, e-books, and streaming videos - but mostly journal articles.
    • When you have an assignment that asks you to use "peer-reviewed" or "scholarly" resources specifically, this is the button you want to click.
    • Some databases are just for a specific topic, while others are more general.
    • A great database to start with is Academic Search Premier, where you can search the full-text of over 6,000 journals.
    • You can also use the Citation Linker on this page to see if we have a specific journal article that you already know about (that you've been assigned to read for class, maybe).
    • You can use online resources on-campus or off-campus. If off-campus, you'll just be prompted to enter your last name & ID number to "log in."
    • You can learn more about searching with Academic Search Premier in our Using Academic Search Premier Like a Pro tutorial.
  • Encyclopedias & More
    • Online reference resources, including dictionaries, biographies, almanacs, and academic encyclopedias.
    • Academic encyclopedias are a great place to start your research, at the very beginning. They provide broad, background information that helps you get familiar with your subject and prepares you to read more specific and in-depth texts, like an entire book or a journal article.
    • Unlike Wikipedia, academic encyclopedias are considered credible, authoritative resources that you can cite in your papers and projects. Articles in academic encyclopedias are written by experts in their fields and edited by other professionals before publication.
    • After clicking on the Encyclopedias link, start with Credo Reference, which lets you search over 550 academic encyclopedias at once.
  • Images, Films & Audio
    • Online, multimedia resources, including streaming films, photos, diagrams, high-quality art images, and streaming music.
    • Need to watch or see something to understand it? Check out this page. Our Films on Demand collection has over 10,000 streaming videos on a wide variety of topics, from preparing for job interviews to quantum physics.
    • Resources like ARTstor provide high-quality images of the world's great art and architecture.
    • Naxos lets you listen to music online.
    • This page also lists some free online websites for finding multimedia resources.
  • Resources by Subject
    • Find all of the resources - article databases, encyclopedias, government information, and recommended websites - about a particular topic (education, health sciences, etc.) gathered in one convenient place
    • Use these pages to find resources beyond the basics, like Academic Search Premier or Credo Reference; find specialized databases or encyclopedias with content tailored specifically for your topic

Ask Questions, Get Help

On the Library website, help is always just a click away, no matter what time it is or where you are.

  • Click on our Chat Now! icon on any of the Library's pages to chat with a librarian, 24/7, 365 days a year.


  • Click on the Ask menu on the left of your screen to see other help options, from how to email us to available online video tutorials and help pages.


    Use Left Menus to Answer Your Library Questions

    Want to know how long you can keep a book you've checked out; what Interlibrary Loan is; or how to check out an iPad from the Library? The options on the left menu expand to reveal a wealth of information.

    • The Use the Library menu, for example connects you to information about checking out books, group study rooms, and technology lending, among other things.
    • The Teach & Learn menu connects you to information about our Library classes, which you can take to learn even more about using Library resources and information in your academic and daily life.

    Left Menus Expand for More Options

      Quick Links

      Quick Links on the home page take you to services and resources you'll use often, like Course Reserves information and e-reserves access; the Interlibrary Loan log in; your Library account log in; Library contacts; Library hours; and help.