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First Steps for your First Year at Ohio State

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First Year Success Series

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First Year Success Series (FYSS) includes hundreds of sessions to help students successfully transition to college life in a variety of ways. To learn about sessions offered by OSU Libraries, go to

Research Help


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. 

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University Libraries is here for you from the start. With so much to learn in your first year at Ohio State, you’re going to need some help. University Libraries is a great place to start for:

Accessing Library Resources From Home

The library website can be found at Be sure to login via the off-campus sign-in if you are not on campus to be able to get to material that is restricted to OSU registered students, faculty, and staff.

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You can also access the library from Carmen.  Just click the Library Link in the left-side navigation.

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Personalized Guidance from Staff and Peers

Get virtual help from our library staff and student staff at Ask Us or call us at (614) 292-6785.  You can also find additional resources for students here.

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