When you do research from the SWOSU Libraries web pages you have access to authoritative, scholarly, and reliable information.

You can use the Library's online resources 24/7 from anywhere with Internet access. Some of the Library's online resources require that you login before you can use them. If you have any problems accessing these online resources, please consult our page on Remote Access.

If you find something that you need for your research (book, journal articles, etc..) that is not located at SWOSU the library can get you that information free and, usually, in less than 10 days. Just fill out an Inter-Library Loan request.

If you ever need assistance using the SWOSU libraries please contact us:
Phone: Reference Desk (580)-774-7082 Or Phillip (580)-774-3731
Email: Reference Desk Or Phillip
For In Person, Special Appointments contact Phillip


Index: A listing of information that generally provides citations only.

Full-text: Indicates the entire article can be found within the database, no physical searching is necessary. Full-text displays as either HTML (displays like a webpage) or PDF (displays like a photocopy which is best for citing information because it provides page numbers).

Journal : Is scholarly information organized for a particular field of study and is directed to researchers or professionals in that field.

Magazine : Is information that focuses on the news, current events or popular culture and is directed to everyone.

Peer-Review or Refereed: is a well-accepted indicator of quality scholarship;  it is the process by which an author's peers read a paper submitted for publication. Recognized researchers in the field will evaluate the submitted work and offer a recommendation whether it should be published, revised, or rejected. Peer-reviewed articles meet the discipline's expected standards of expertise. Peer-reviewed journals can be identified by their editorial statements and/or instructions to authors and sources such as Ulrich's Periodical Directory.

Search Tips
Boolean Searching
and ( + ) narrows the search
or ( OR ) used with synonyms
not ( - ) used to exclude items from search
Keyword Phrase Searching
"phrase goes here" for example: "energy independence"
Subject Searching
Subject searching focuses on the primary topic of the book, article, etc.
Supplemental techniques used for narrowing the search.
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Class Presentation (ppt)

Compare Search Results Using Each Boolean Operator (ppt)

Determining Scholarly Articles (pdf)

Scholarly vs. Popular (ppt)

Library Floor Maps

Criteria for Evaluating an Informational Resource
in Print and Electronic Formats (ppt)

Evaluation Criteria Handout (pdf)


Library Online Resources

Library Catalog

Locate books, journal titles, videos, and other resources available in the SWOSU Libraries collections. *Remember* Use a Keyword search and Boolean to help you get more relevant search results.


Locate books, journal titles, videos, and other resource holdings of academic, public, and special libraries throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

Periodicals List

Locate all the journal titles owned by SWOSU Libraries. Will include paper, microform, and electronic access.

Academic Search Complete
Academic Search Complete is a database of articles and article citations from over 9,300 journals and magazines in virtually every academic subject. Use Academic Search Complete to find articles when researching topics in social sciences, physical sciences, technology, and humanities.

American Chemical Society Journals

ACS is the leading publisher of peer-reviewed research in the chemical and related sciences, serving scientific communities worldwide through a commitment to quality, reliability, and innovation.

Business Source Complete

Provides up-to-date, in-depth and objective information on the most prominent and hotly debated issues of the day. It combines objective analysis with clear explanations of opposing points of view. Chronologies, illustrations, maps, tables, sidebars, bibliographies and contact information augment the balanced, accurate coverage of current and historical events.

Computers and Applied Sciences Complete

This resource covers the research and development spectrum of the computing and applied sciences disciplines. It contains collected knowledge on traditional engineering challenges and research, and is a resource for research concerning the business and social implications of new technology.

Today's Science (FACTS.com)

Today's Science presents the latest scientific discoveries and the fundamental concepts that underlie them. Drawing on major scientific journals, magazines and newspapers in the United States and abroad, Today’s Science covers health, the environment, technology, life science, physical science, earth and space science, and science and society.

Click HERE for a list of all library databases and HERE for our current trials.


Internet Resources
Searched Sites

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Print Resources
Reference Collection Titles
  • Chemical Engineers' Handbook
  • The International Dictionary of Applied Mathematics
  • Encyclopedic Dictionary of Electronics and Nuclear Engineering
  • A Dictionary of Applied Physics
  • CRC Handbook of Tables for Applied Engineering Science
  • General Engineering Handbook
  • Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers
  • National Electrical Code
  • Handbook of Oil Industry Terms and Phrases
  • Scientific and Technical Information Sources
  • Dictionary of Engineering Acronyms and Abbreviations
  • Encyclopedia of Physical Sciences and Engineering Information Sources
  • Concise Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Engineering
  • The New Illustrated Science and Invention Encyclopedia
  • Scientific and Technical Organizations and Agencies Directory
  • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Environmental Science & Engineering
  • Reference Sources in Science, Engineering, Medicine, and Agriculture
  • Electrical Engineer's Reference Book
  • Dictionary of the Physical Sciences : Terms, Formulas, Data
  • Automation Encyclopedia : A to Z in Advanced Manufacturing
  • Magill's Survey of Science
  • CRC Materials Science and Engineering Handbook
  • Solar Cells and Their Applications
  • The Electronics Handbook
  • American Electricians' Handbook
  • Concise Dictionary of Environmental Engineering
  • The Dictionary of Space Technology
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Studies
  • The Facts on File Dictionary of Environmental Science
  • The Facts on File Dictionary of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering
  • Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia
  • Encyclopedia of Energy Technology and the Environment
  • Solar Cells and their Applications
  • Historical Encyclopedia of Atomic Energy
  • Macmillan encyclopedia of energy
  • The Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile
  • The Automobile in American History and Culture : a Reference Guide
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
  • Sax's dangerous properties of industrial materials
  • Materials Handbook : an Encyclopedia for Managers, Technical Professionals
Internet Resources
Government Web Sites
Engineering Society Web Sites

Website last updated 1/23/09 by Phillip Fitzsimmons

Serials, Government Documents and Digitization Librarian

Southwestern Oklahoma State University