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Last Updated: Jul 15, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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If you need help, you can chat with a librarian during reference desk hours from our homepage or call the Reference Desk at 541-552-6442.

If you need subject specific help, please contact your subject librarian. See the Research Guides linked from the homepage to find out who your subject librarian is.

If you need help with access issues, please contact Jim Rible at or Emily Miller-Francisco at

If you are unclear about your privileges, please contact Raven Keppinger at


Logging in from Off Campus

Our licensed resources will require you to log in when you click on them. Use your SOU campus network login to access them. For more information click here.


Professors for Distance Ed

Please contact your subject librarian to explore ways to create assignments that take advantage of our many online resources.

Also, explore our Faculty Services page.




General or Interdisciplinary topics

  • ProQuest Central
  • You will see "Full text" links for items that are full text in ProQuest.
  • You can also click on the "Check SOU" box to see whether we might have the item electronically in another resource.

Subject specific topics

  • Check out the Research Guide for your discipline listed in the dropdown off of our homepage (upper left). This is also a great way to find your subject librarian who can help you with your research.

A specific article 

  • Hannon Library Catalog
  • "In the title" from the first dropdown
  • Enter the journal title in the search box
  • Material Type: Journals
  • Search
  • If we have it, it will be listed in the results. Click "view online" to see options for reading the journal online. Click "get it" to see what we have physically in the library. If it's only available physically, scroll down this page to the section on Physical Resources.


To find our e-books, you can either go to Hannon Library Catalog and limit the Material Type e-books.

Government Documents

Many government documents are available online through our catalog. After a search, you can limit your results by clicking on the Resource Type: Government Documents. You may also want to check out the guides provided under the Gov Pubs tab on the homepage.

Other Media

To find streaming videos and music, search our catalog and use the Material Type: Audio & Video. After your search, you can limit the results on the left to Resource Type: eAudio & eVideo.



Print Articles

First, make sure the following are true:

In that case, you may request an article through Interlibrary Loan ($2 fee charged to your student account). Each time you make a request, please indicate that you don't live in the area and are requesting this article as a distance education student. The article will be scanned and emailed to you.


Please see the options below for registered SOU students who don't live near Ashland:

I live near an RCC campus

We can deliver SOU books to the RCC campuses. For more information, please read the tab "Medford Libraries" at the top of this page.

I live near an Orbis-Cascade Alliance campus

Map of Member Libraries

First, take your student ID and talk to the Circulation Desk staff at your local campus (be aware that some student workers may not know about this since it doesn't happen that often). They will set up an account for you at that institution so that you can request books through Summit to be delivered to their Circulation Desk.

I live in Oregon, but not near an Orbis-Cascade Alliance campus, and am registered for an SOU Distance Ed course

You may request SOU books through Interlibrary Loan. Please explain your situation in the notes field.

I live outside of the areas listed above

Unfortunately we are unable to get books to you. We encourage you to explore academic libraries in your area, if possible. Your public library may be able to get books through their interlibrary loan program, although there is often a fee for this.




Registered SOU students may request articles that we don't have through Interlibrary Loan. They will delivered to you via email.


Unfortunately we are unable to get books to you that we don't own. We encourage you to explore a local academic library, if possible. Many public libraries also have interlibrary loan programs and may be able to help you out (often for a fee).


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