Thank you for visiting the Oregon State University Extension Service’s website. Our mission is to bring research-based information from the university to you. We hope this website will further this goal. The information on this page is to help you navigate the site and find what you need.
This video shows how to use the website. It includes browsing, searching, and using filters.
Our website has a powerful search system that you can access from any page. To do this, enter your search term(s) into the box at the top of any page and press the “Search” button next to it. Search is the best way to find something specific. For example, it is good for finding an individual publication or a person’s phone number.
Here are some tips for crafting effective search queries:
Search for titles or keywords. You can search by any word associated with what you are looking for. This includes text within the title, description or main text of the article.
Search for a keyword instead of a question. For example, searching for “pruning roses” will return more results than “How do I prune roses?”
Be specific. Searching for something generic like “apples” will return too many results. Try more specific terms like “picking apples”, “storing apples”, or “preserving apples”.
If you search for materials for a program you are involved in, include your county’s name (for example, “Benton”).
On pages that list many links or resources, you can filter to only see results you are interested in. For example, you can filter to see items in a particular format (article, video, etc.) or language (English, Spanish, etc.).
To use a filter:
Click on the filter’s description to view the filter options. For example, “Filter by region”.
Check the box next to the option you want. For example, to see resources for eastern Oregon, check the box next to “Eastern Oregon” inside “Filter by region”. Clicking on a link in the filter will also apply the option.
You can select more than one filter at the same time. For example “Eastern Oregon” and “Video”. This will show you items that meet all the criteria you select.
Filters are on many pages including the search results page and topic resources pages (see below). Many pages contain filters under a heading such as “Filter results” or “Refine Results”.
An example of the menu links on a topic page. These are displayed below the name of the topic and large image at the top of the page.
Finding information related to a program you participate in
The OSU Extension Service offers programs for people to learn about various subjects. These include 4-H clubs for youth and several Master training programs for adults.
To find information related to a program, use search or find the desired program page. To find a program page:
In the black navigation bar at the top of any page, click “Get Involved” and then “Programs”.
Find and click on the program. The filters on this page narrow the programs listed. You can narrow the list to show programs that are offered in a certain location or those that educate members about a certain topic. See above for filtering tips (#filter-tips).
On the program’s landing page, each program has its own unique program menu. You will find most of the information you need using this menu. When you open a menu item, more options may appear underneath it.
Some programs have local county specific materials. These include 4-H Youth Development and Master Gardeners. To find local county information, use the “Find your local [4-H] program” link in the state-level program’s menu.
An example of an office menu. On desktop computers, the office menu is on the left-hand side of the page. On phones and other mobile devices, it is at the top of the page beneath the top black navigation bar.
If you have a question about the information on our website, here are some places to ask: