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Answerland Staff Toolkit

Help, information, and resources for library staff participating in Answerland, Oregon's statewide reference service.


OSLIS ( is a website designed to help K-12 students learn how to do research. It has three sections:

  • Learn to Research – information literacy resources, to help students with the research process
  • Find Information – access to statewide subscription databases
  • Cite My Sources – Citation Maker, a tool for creating a bibliography or a works cited page in APA or MLA format

If you have OSLIS questions, contact Jennifer Maurer at the State Library.


  • eBooks (in "Learn to Research" section): oregon / oslis
  • Databases (in "Find Information" section): Access is by geolocation. See this PPT for an explanation of how it works and what students can do when their IP address isn't recognized as being in Oregon.
    • The one exception is Learning Express, for which there is no district-wide login; students must create their own username and password.


Libraries of Oregon ( is a website that connects Oregon residents to statewide library resources and local public libraries.


Anyone with an Oregon IP address can access the statewide databases.


Here are cheat sheets that help you figure out which of the statewide databases may fulfill a patron’s need.