A Heroic Quest: How to Slay a Dragon

A research guide created for the First Year Success Series session.

First Year Success Series

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The First Year Success Series (FYSS) includes hundreds of sessions to help students successfully transition to college life in a variety of ways.

University Libraries offers several different sessions, both in Carmen and in person. To learn about sessions offered by University Libraries, visit go.osu.edu/libraryfyss.

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We have textbooks and other course materials

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A Heroic Quest

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This guide is intended for participants in the First Year Success Series session A Heroic Quest. 

If you are participating in this session, please use this guide to help you when completing parts of the game or when facing obstacles in the game. 

Accessing Library Resources

The library website can be found at library.osu.edu

Play this video to learn how to search for books in the library catalog.


You can also access the library directly within Carmen. Play the video below to learn how. 

Personalized Guidance

Get virtual or in-person peer-to-peer help at Ask Us. We can help you find articles, access library materials, navigate the physical library space and more. 

Check out A+ Research Coaching for one-on-one coaching to help you navigate your research assignments from start to finish. 

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Need Help Getting Started with Your Research?


flow chart diagram with map of research processHere is a Map of the Research Process. This diagram helps when getting started and can guide you when you are stuck to figure out what to do next.

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Choosing & Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research is a free eBook on completing research-based writing assignments and projects.

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Research Help

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Ask Us

Get help with research assignments or ask questions about library resources at Ask Us.  We can help you find articles, organize your research, cite sources and more.

Ask Us in person, by email, phone, chat or use our FAQ.


Library Locations

Find your favorite library!

We have many locations across campus. 

Use these maps to find a library location near you.

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Check here for Locations and Hours of Operation for all University Libraries.