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Members Guide

Onboarding for newcomers and reference for everyone!

Your Subscriptions

As an OPAL member you have access to resources through both OPAL and OhioLINK, in addition to anything you may subscribe to independently. Use this page as an overview of all the packages available to your institution.

Remember that when packages are added or deleted they must also be adjusted in your instance of EBSCO Discovery Service (details on the EDS page in the User Services COI). Open Access resources and other custom links are also listed there.

If you need help or have questions about processes such as record loading, please contact OhioNet for supportYou can find a list of the packages OhioNet loads into the shared catalog for OPAL on the support page.

OhioLINK Database Subscriptions

The OhioLINK Ostaff pages (log-in required) provide details about database subscriptions. If you do not have an Ostaff password you can request one by visiting the Request Support page. Note that statewide database access is made possible through a variety of sources and partnerships, such as Libraries Connect Ohio (LCO) or negotiated packages such as EBSCO Expanded.

The Ostaff pages also include information for new staff, statistics, committee and working group resources, technical support and access to mailing lists and meeting calendars.

OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center (EJC)

These journals are available to all institutions that participate in the Electronic Journal Center (EJC).  Most journal packages renew on a calendar year cycle.

  • American Chemical Society eJournals (ACS)
  • American Physical Society eJournals (APS)
  • American Psychological Association eJournals (APA PSYC)
  • Association for Computing Machinery eJournals (ACM Digital Library)
  • Cambridge University Press eJournals
  • Elsevier eJournals (Science Direct)
  • Institute of Physics eJournals (IOP)
  • Optical Society of American eJournals - Optica Publishing Group (OSA)
  • Oxford University Press eJournals (OUP)
  • Project Muse Basic College Collection eJournals
  • Royal Society of Chemistry eJournals/backfiles (RSC) cancelled 2017 
  • Sage eJournals (Sage Premier 2016)
  • Springer eJournals
  • Wiley eJournals

OhioLINK Ebook Packages

These packages are available to all OhioLINK member institutions except where noted otherwise. They are categorized as Core or NPR. Core resources are to be supported by all members while NPR items are purchased if enough members pledge funds to continue the subscription.

* EJC participants only

  • ACLS Humanities Ebooks (now opt-in)
  • APA Books E-Collections*
  • Cambridge University Press e-Books EBA - 5 years starting June 1, 2020
  • IOP Ebooks*
  • MIT Press Direct (1943-2021) - GEER package
  • Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO)
  • Sage Business Cases (through 2021) - GEER package
  • Safari Technical Books
  • Springer Ebooks
  • Springer Protocols* - platform closed 2018; full text content remains at SpringLink site and searchable through Springer
    Nature Experiments
  • University Press Scholarship Online
  • Very Short Introductions (LCO)
  • Wiley Ebooks

OPAL Resources

Through your OPAL membership you also have access to:

  • EBSCO Academic Ebook Collection
  • LibGuides
  • EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)
  • EBSCO Full-text Finder
  • CONTENTdm (opt-in)

Purchases through OhioNET

Not sure what else you may have access to? If you purchased any subscriptions through OhioNet you can quickly get a list by logging into Consortia Manager. Need to set up a log-in? Contact Member Services.