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LIBRARY GUIDE TO Oakland University Alumni Association Library Resources

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Kresge Library Catalog OU alumni have library borrowing privileges (books, documents, CDs). Present your drivers license at the circulation desk.

MelCat --online catalog of many Michigan libraries; fastest way to borrow BOOKS OU does not own.

Full-Text Classic Literature Online (plus, reference and non-fiction titles)

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Resources Made Available by Kresge Library
Full text of core scholarly journals from their first issue, excluding the most recent 1-5 years. All content published pre-1923 is openly available to the public. Covers disciplines within the sciences, humanities and social sciences. Browsable by discipline and full-text searchable. Especially good for historic or classic articles in most fields.
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Project MUSE
Project Muse provides full-text access to the content from over 400 scholarly journals in the humanities and the social sciences. How to export to RefWorks

Sage Journals - A collection of more than 550 journals in the social sciences, sciences, medicine and the humanities.

Databases Made Available through the Michigan eLibrary

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Thanks to Mel Gale Virtual Reference Collection
Includes Contemporary Black Biography, The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine (2009), American Women Writers, and many more titles! Access ended 9/30/2018.

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Thanks to Mel HeritageQuest
HeritageQuest Online provides access to digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records from 1790-1930. Other valuable content includes Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank records, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), and digitized pages from more than 28,000 genealogy and local history books. Thanks to MeL Access ended 9/30/2018.  

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Thanks to Mel LearningExpress Library
Test prep, career information, college and life skills, and a lot more. Create a free account to access these tools.  Thanks to MeL.
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Thanks to Mel Michigana
This subscription database is taken from the Sabin Americana collection giving teachers access to early American published accounts by the people who lived the events they wrote about! “Michigana” includes "130 works totaling over seventeen thousand pages of text that cover the history of the land that would become the State of Michigan in 1835".  It also has contextual essays written by historians/librarians on the different aspects of Michigan history including one on using Primary resources in the classroom. Access ended 9/30/2018.
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Thanks to Mel Opposing Viewpoints in Context
The premier full-text resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from Terrorism to Endangered Species, Stem Cell Research to Gun Control. Drawing on acclaimed series published by Greenhaven Press and other Gale imprints; brings together all the information that’s needed to fully understand an issue: pro and con viewpoint articles, reference articles that provide context, full-text magazines, academic journals, and newspapers, primary source documents, government and organizational statistics, multimedia, including images and podcasts, links to hand-selected web sites, and more!  Thanks to MeL. How to export to RefWorks
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Refworks allows you to create a personal database of references and automatically generate formatted bibliographies for your projects.

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