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Can I check out a book from Reference?

Reference books are intended to be used only in the library. In general, these books contain information of a "quick look-up" nature and photocopying a short section will serve most needs. Loan exceptions may be made for Oregon Tech students, staff, and faculty who need a short-term outside loan for some special purpose (e.g. scanning an illustration for a presentation). Ask a reference librarian, or the Access Services Manager, if you have a situation like this.

Can I get access to the library electronic resources from home or work?

Oregon Tech students, staff, and faculty can access to the library's electronic resources from off-campus by using the username and password for their Oregon Tech email account.

Can I reserve a room?

Does the library have novels or science fiction?

The Arbur collection has many science fiction books which may be read in the LRC 111. The library also supports a collection of "honor books" on the second floor of the LRC. These books may be used and returned without checking them out. Donations are accepted at the Circulation desk. The Klamath County Library also has a large fiction and popular reading collection.
There may be some titles found in the library catalog or available through summit as well.

Does the library have textbooks?

In a very few cases, we may, have a copy of a textbook. In some other cases, your instructor may put a copy of a book into the library's reserve collection. Check the library catalog for a title.

The Klamath Falls campus library does have some older editions of textbooks available from the Access services desk.

The Oregon Tech bookstore sells course-related texts.

How do I know if my citation is correct?

Try checking your citation against our guides or ask us.
Guides include: APA - Chicago - MLA - IEEE - CSE - Vancouver - AMA

How do I print?

From any on campus computer you can send a print job to a printer. 
In Klamath Falls, you will need to logon to the printer to release your print job.
In Wilsonville, when you send to print, It will automatically start printing. 

To print single sided or color change the options in the printer options.

How do I search the library catalog?

How do I tell if the journal is peer-reviewed?

Look for the Journal information or about page in many of our electronic resources such as EbscoHost. This will tell you if a journal is scholarly or peer reviewed. Alternatively you can look for a title in Ulrich's Periodical directory, a striped shirt or referee shirt icon next to a title signifies that it is refereed, scholarly, or peer reviewed.

How many books can I check out at one time?

For Oregon Tech students, the check-out limit is 100. For Oregon Tech staff and faculty the check-out limit is 300. The check-out limit for local high school students and community borrowers is 10 items.

How may I learn how to use specific software products?

Try the ITS quick tips for quick helps. If you have something more detailed check some of the resources below.

For Microsoft office products such as Word or Excel The Student Success Center sometimes offers classes. 

The library may also have books on the software you are looking for. Try looking in Safari Tech books, or the Online Catalog to find these.


I don’t know how to use the library. Help!

Don’t worry, we are here to help. See the many contact options here.

I found an article I want to read on the internet. How can I read the full-text article? Can the library get it for me?

Enter the name of the article in our library catalog to see if we subscribe. . Even if we don’t subscribe, we can usually get the article from another library. Don’t every buy articles off the internet without checking with us first. 

I found a website to use in my project. How can I tell if I can use it?

Try to look at who wrote the information, if they are affiliated with any organization or have special knowledge or expertise.

See if you can determine when it was written and published. Check to make sure the links are not broken.

Determine what the purpose of the site is, how the information is written, and who it may be written for.

Check for bibliographic citations, links to other sites, or other means for you to verify information on the site. Look for any errors in the information given, or misspellings.

Look at the type of page and site it is.

I have logged in to the campus wireless, and I cannot open an electronic resource.

Under internet access on your computer or wireless device, choose the OIT-Secured network. You should be able to access all databases now.

I received a bill for some overdue fines. Can I pay them at the library?

All fines should be paid at the Oregon Tech Cashier's Office on the first floor of Snell Hall in Klamath Falls, Room 130 in Wilsonville, or through CASHNet.

The library can assist you in determining the reason for the fines, but the Cashier's Office handles all of the money.

Fines are processed every Friday and will show in your account the friday after overdue items have been returned.

Is there wireless access in the library?

Yes. There are two options. First option is to open an internet browser and will be redirected to a logon page. The second option is to open your computers wireless settings and select the OIT Secured network. You will be prompted for a logon.

In either case, the logon is the same as your Oregon Tech email.

Wireless printing is available at select printers on the Wilsonville campus.

My professor said to come to the LRC - isn't that the library?

The LRC is the Learning Resources Center, the building houses both the Oregon Tech Library, on the first floor, and the Student Success Center, on the second floor. Also on the second floor is the Shaw Historical Library. The Library administration office is on the second floor, room LRC 216. The Library also provides student study areas on both floors.

Where should I start searching?

The library catalog is a good general place to start searching. We also have some general electronic resources such as Academic Search Premier. If your search is more specific we may have a subject page that will help you get started. 

Why do I need a certificate to get into the library resources?

Sometimes when using firefox you may be asked to accept a security certificate. follow thes instructions to do so:
Click on I Understand the Risks, then Add Exception, then Confirm Security Exception.

Firefox - warning

You should always be wary about visiting unknown websites, especially if they appear to have security issues. Pages linked from the Oregon Tech Library site are safe.

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