Research for Outdoor Leadership

First, you are going to want to get to know the Campus Library Webpage at so that you can find books, background information and articles!

Why use a library webpage for accessing information when you can just use Google, you ask?

WELL!  Think of the library as your map to the world of information.  You can wander around the free web (Google, etc) and stumble across factual, accurate information just like you can wander around Europe and stumble upon the Eifel tower (eventually!).  There’s a lot of great stuff that can be found by wandering, but if you want efficient, effective access to information, library search tools help you get there fast.

Furthermore, have you ever felt like you needed a credit card available to access the good stuff on the web?  Doesn’t that feel a little stressful?

Libraries buy the good stuff for you.  That’s what we’re all about–giving you access to good, valuable, scholarly information.  The thing is, you have to know how to use library search tools in order to find the good stuff.  It’s not harder than Google–it’s just a little more spread out–you use different library search tools to locate different kinds of information, such as books, articles, and facts.

To Get Some Articles, Use Journal Article Databases:

Remember to start at the Campus Library webpage at:

Look for the Articles and More icon to access journal article databases.  Journal article databases let you search on your topic to locate academic, scholarly articles.  The library purchases these databases for you to search–this is different from searching on Google or other “free web” search engines!

Take a look at the Resources by Subject icon as well–it will list all databases and online encyclopedias for specific subject areas!

Some database highlights from the Resources by Subject page for Outdoor Leadership–these will help you locate articles on Outdoor Leadership topics.

Academic One File
Academic Search Premier
Global Road Warrior
Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection
National Geographic Magazine, 1888-present
Oregon Topographic Maps
Statistical Abstract of the United States

A few additional databases covering business and news:

Associates Programs Source Plus
Business & Company Resource Center
America’s News
Bend Bulletin


Journal Article Database Search Hints

  • start with keyword searching when available

  • use ” ” for phrases
    example: “outdoor recreation” and “leader*”

  • use * to locate endings to words (truncation).
    example: leader*

  • use boolean commands
    example: learn* and style*
    example: learn* and (style* or pref*)

  • searches can be specific

  • full text articles may be e-mailed, downloaded or printed from the screen.

  • other articles may be  ordered via inter-library loan.


This incredible (free!) survey tool allows you to create surveys on topics of your choice.


Sometimes you just can’t search a journal article database successfully until you know at least some of the basic background (and language) for your topic.  To locate background information, try the online encyclopedia collections  listed below.  You can use these links or get to all of these from the COCC Library webpage. Look for the Encyclopedias and more link (you’ll see the globe icon) and then click on Encyclopedias.  Here’s some direct links to some of our more comprehensive resources:

Credo Reference Online

Gale Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online

Some specific online encyclopedias that are useful for topics in Outdoor Leadership are:

Encyclopedia of Recreation and Leisure in America
Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine
The Gale Encyclopedia of Fitness
Oregon Encyclopedia
U.S. Land and National Resources Policy: History, Debates, State Data, Maps, Primary Documents
World of Sports Science


Go the COCC Barber Library collection of citation format information:



Oh, and don’t forget!   You can always stop by or call the Barber Library Information Deskref….or use our 24/7 chat service!








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