Research Strategies: Suggestions and tips about organizing and citing information; evaluating sources; searching effectively; and understanding issues of copyright.
Choosing and Using Sources: A Guide to Academic Research
Choosing & Using Sources presents a process for academic research and writing, from formulating your research question to selecting good information and using it effectively in your research assignments.
Subject Librarians are experts in their disciplines and can help with all types of questions.
Research Tutoring: Receive one-on-one research tutoring at any point in the research process, from brainstorming to bibliographies. Research tutoring is offered on a walk-in basis only; sessions are generally 20 minutes long. We are currently located on the first floor of Thompson Library, behind the Information desk. Please contact the reference desk with questions.
Citation Style Guides: Citation styles are the different ways of formatting bibliographic information of a source. Citation styles vary from field to field, and the guidelines are updated fairly regularly so it is always best to check citations against the most recent guides. The guides linked here are quick references created by OSU libraries; consulting the full guides may be necessary.
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Distance Education Resources: Students enrolled in OSU distance courses have access with their name.# to the same OSU Libraries resources and services as Columbus Campus classes. See a list of these resources.
Online Credit Courses: OSU Libraries features for-credit online courses designed to help students improve and strengthen their research and library skills. Many of these courses are listed under ARTSSCI.
Reserve a study room: Thompson, Fine Arts, Health Sciences and Biological/Pharmacy Libraries all offer study rooms that can be reserved for small study groups, either by phone or online. You can check out all of the campus library locations. Many students choose the library as a place to study because there are fewer distractions, and many find it helpful and inspiring to be around others who are studying. There are 11 library locations on main campus and all are open to all students. Some spaces in Thompson library feature HDTVs that can be connected to a laptop, and the 18th Ave. Library features rooms equipped with Media:scape, technology-enhanced tables for collaborative projects and presentations, and videoconferencing.
Work at the Library: There are a vareity of student jobs at the library.
Buckeye Bar: Trouble with your laptop, tablet, or with OSU wireless? Buckeye Bar on the ground floor of Thompson Library features walk-in technology consultations in Thompson Library. Hours listed on their webpage.
The Ohio State University Library system provides access to millions of holdings from OSU, across the state, and even the world. Generally, to use OSU-specific resources to the fullest capacity you need to be on-campus or logged-in to the library website through Off-Campus Sign In.
Search OSU Catalog The OSU catalog searches the volumes held by all OSU libraries across campuses. Find physical and electronic books, journals, and multimedia items. Search according to keyword, author, title, subject, and more, and use the drop down menu to search only Online Journals, Visual Media, Regional Campuses, and more. You can view the details of your library record by logging-in to My Library Account.
Research Databases are specialized research tools for finding journal articles and data. Generally databases gather multiple journals and other publications for a quick search. Research databases are arranged by subject and alphabetically. Here are a few that are useful in many circumstances.
WorldCat@OSU is a tool to find books, articles, and more worldwide on any topic. Please note: not all materials owned by OSU will appear in WorldCat@OSU searches. Learn more about the databases searched on our informational page about using WorldCat@OSU.
Interlibrary Services; Interlibrary Loan Services (ILL) offer access to materials that are difficult to access otherwise. You can borrow materials from non-OSU collections through ILL. ILL also offers electronic delivery of journal articles and similar items that are held by OSU through Article Express.
Google Scholar (scholar.google.com) is a specialized version of Google search that only searches academic journals, conference publications, and books. Many items found on Google Scholar can be found through the OSU library catalog, OhioLINK, or WorldCat@OSU.
Directory of Open Access Journals: A searchable database of research oriented, peer-reviewed journals.