ENGL 3467S

Issues and Methods in Tutoring Writing

Getting Started

Welcome to the Issues and Methods in Tutoring Writing research guide. On the Getting Started page, you will find links to a range of reference sources, search tips, and citation and copyright information. If the OSU Libraries does not have a book or article you need, no problem! Use Article Express to request an electronic scan of articles held in OSU Library collections and the collections of other libraries around the world. Visit Interlibrary Services to request books and other materials not available in either the OSU or OhioLINK catalogs.

There are several ways to locate the information you need:

Search the catalogs to find books, journals (but not articles within journals--use the databases to find articles), microforms, multimedia, and links to online sources (databases and online journals) owned or licensed by a library. If you're new to the catalog, I suggest searching by keyword using the OSU Library Catalog Search box on each page of this guide. For search tips and tutorials, click here.

OSU Catalog - Search for books, e-books, and other materials owned by OSU Libraries, Columbus and regional campuses. Borrow Materials online. You can also search with a special mobile version of the OSU Catalog.

OhioLINK Catalog - Combined catalog of a consortium of 88 Ohio university and college libraries, the State Library of Ohio, and more. Have materials delivered to OSU. 

WorldCat Local@OSU - Searches materials at OSU, OhioLINK (the Ohio libraries shared catalog), and libraries worldwide.

Search the Research Databases list by title or subject to find journal articles, many of which may be available as full text. 

Search the OSUL's Online Journals list by title or subject to locate a specific online journal title, browse a list of online journal titles, or identify online journal titles by subject.

If your instructor put material on hold for your course, click here.

Getting Started--Additional Resources

A background or reference source provides concise, contextual information on a topic (bibliographies, biographical information, dates, timelines, etc.). You can also use these to to find keywords to use for searching online library databases and library catalogs for books and articles on your topic. 

A primary source is an original document, artifact, or creative work. Examples include an 18th-century newspaper, Samuel Pepys' diary, William Wordsworth's poem, Desideria, and Zadie Smith's novel, On Beauty. For more on primary sources, see the resource guide created by OSUL's David Lincove.

A secondary source discusses, interprets, and/or critiques a primary sources. 

A peer-reviewed article has been vetted by other experts in the field before it was published in a scholarly journal. Many databases will allow you to limit your search to peer-reviewed articles. Check out this informative Prezi on scholarly publishing created by OSUL's Melanie Schlosser. 

A popular article is written by a journalist or a professional writer for a general audience. 


The Ohio State University Libraries Special Collections collect, preserve, and promote the use of distinctive collections, unique resources and primary research materials. Our diverse collections are available for use by Ohio State University faculty and students as well as visiting scholars and the general public. A search of the Libraries catalog may be limited to only special collections holdings on the Search page by selecting “Special Collections and Archives” in place of “Search Full Catalog.” Browse the online finding aids, inventories, and guides to learn more about the collections available to researchers (you!).

Students of rhetoric and composition may be particularly interested in the Jerry Tarver Elocution, Rhetoric, and Oratory Collection

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