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Provides links to electronic scholarly resources not found by other search engines. These resources, which include the complete contents of books and articles, technical reports, preprints, white papers, images of paintings, manuscript collections, movies, and audio files of speeches, are created and hosted by more than 600 research libraries and institutions around the world. Examples include: the Eprint Archive (physics); Directory of Open Access Journals; Ethnologue: Languages of the World; Library of Congress American Memory Project; and NASA Technical Report Server.

Resources can be located by searching, or by browsing an alphabetical list of participating libraries and institutions.

Search tips:

  • From the drop down menu, you can pick from the following search types:
    • Keyword: This will look in all the fields of the digital resource records.
    • Title: This will look for titles of books, articles, journals, audio files, etc., in the title field of the digital resource record.
    • Author/Creator: This will look for authors of books, creators of paintings, institutions responsible for a pamphlet, etc., in the author/creator field of the digital resource record. It will also look for contributors.
    • Subject: This will look for words or phrases that have been used to describe the topical nature of a digital resource. These are subjects used by the resource publisher to classify the resource.

  • To limit the size of your retrieval you can limit your search using limit by resource type and select text, image, audio, video or dataset. It is also possible to search all resource types at once.
  • For results lists over 1000 items a default sort alphabetically by title is automatically generated. For smaller results lists, you can choose to sort title and author, date, hit frequency or weighted hit frequency.

Where is it :

Go to the UNLV Libraries' home page. Under Find, select Articles, then under Article databases by name, click on the letter O and select OAIster.

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