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Reference Works

The Credo Reference database provides vetted background information on academic subjects and topics. Users can access full-text atlases, dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, and thesauri covering every major subject. Unlike Wikipedia, Credo Reference provides credible resources for papers, presentations, and publications

Oxford Reference the prestigious Oxford University Press online reference resource provides access to general reference dictionaries and encyclopedias, language dictionaries and thesauri, quotations and timelines, and subject reference works.

Research Methods

Choosing & Using Sources  University Libraries’ Choosing & Using Sources presents a method for academic research and writing, from formulating your research question to selecting vetted information and using sources effectively.​

Research Methods in Africana Studies McDougal, Serie, III. Research Methods in Africana Studies. New York: Peter Lang, 2014.

SAGE Research Methods Online SRMO  SRMO is a research methods tool that covers quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods.  SRMO assists users design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings.

Transforming Self and Others Through Research   Anderson, Rosemarie and William Braud. Transforming Self and Others Through Research: Transpersonal Research Methods and Skills for the Human Sciences and Humanities. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2011. 

Research Management

New RefWorks   An online bibliography and database manager that allows you to create your own database bibliography by importing references from text files or online databases. RefWorks automatically formats your paper and bibliography.

EndNoteWeb  A web based citation manager that allows users to manage bibliographic sources by importing references from text files or online databases.

BrowZine  BrowZine App connects Ohio State University students, staff, and faculty to scholarly journals available from OSU Libraries and Open Access publishers. BrowZine works by uniting articles from databases into complete journals, then arranging them by subject on a library-branded newsstand. 

Style and Citation Guides

American Psychological Association Style Guide (APA)  The OSU Libraries APA guide is based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2010.

The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017)  The University of Chicago's official online Manual of Style provides full-text access to the 17th published edition and proprietary writing tools.

The Modern Language Association Handbook (MLA)  The OSU Libraries MLA guide is based on the MLA Handbook, 8th edition (New York: Modern Language Association, 2016). The MLA style is most commonly used in humanities and English language and literature.

Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide  A citation guide for reference sources commonly used in biomedical manuscripts. Also called the "Vancouver Style" and is from the National Library of Medicine's Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publications.

The Scientific Style and Format: The Council of Science Editors (CSE) Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers  The OSU Libraries CSE guide is based on The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 8th edition (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014).  This guide provides examples for citing books; book chapters; journal articles; conference papers and abstracts; technical reports; and dissertations theses.

Library Catalogs

Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)  Borrow books, multimedia and other materials at over 21 library locations. Register online or at the Thompson Library Circulation Desk for a card in person or online to obtain full access to CML databases and services. CML library card holders can check out selected fiction, non-fiction, and juvenile literature books located in the Columbus Metropolitan Leisure Reading Collection in the 110 Leisure Reading area of the Thompson Library.                                                        

OSU Library Catalog  University catalog identifies materials, shows location, and availability of library resources held by OSU Columbus and regional campuses.

OhioLINK Catalog  OhioLINK catalog provides access to nearly 50 million library items statewide.  The consortium of 89 Ohio college and university libraries, plus the State Library of Ohio, that work together to provide users with materials.

WorldCat Global catalog identifies international materials from academic, government, public libraries, and consortiums around the globe.

Theses Databases

 OSU Libraries Catalog (Theses)   Search online catalog for the location of OSU undergraduate honors papers, graduate theses, and doctoral dissertations.

 ETD Center  Electronic Theses and Dissertations Center (ETD) offers access to undergraduate honors theses, masters’ theses, and doctoral dissertations from students at participating Ohio colleges and universities.

 ProQuest Dissertations & Theses  The database contains citations for dissertations and theses completed at North American graduate schools and European universities and many publications can be ordered through the Ohio State University Libraries’ Interlibrary Services.


 WorldCat Dissertations and Theses   WorldCat Dissertations and Theses is a subset of the WorldCat global catalog listing dissertation, theses, and related published materials from OCLC member libraries.

Statistical Resources

Historical Statistics of the United States  Statistical database provides data on all aspects of American history.  Historical Statistics of the United States is divided into five sections covering: population, work and welfare, economic structure and performance, economic sectors, and governance and international relations.

International Historical Statistics Global statistical database contains socioeconomic data on Africa, Asia,  Europe, Oceania and the Americas. Database topics include: agriculture, consumer prices,  education, energy, government expenditure, population migration, trade, transportation, telecommunications, and unemployment. 

Data-Planet Statistical Ready Reference  Interdisciplinary database provides simple and refined searching of standardized and structured statistical data. Database interface allows users to navigate points of data in the repository.

Data-Planet Statistical Datasets  Databank aggregates data from licensed and public domain sources and makes that datasets available from within a single interface. Users can scan the contents of these datasets, select subjects and variables of interest, and view the data in side-by-side tables and charts.

ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States  Statistical Abstract provides a comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. The database can be search, browse,  and retrieve results that can then be narrowed by source, geography, time period, subject, and other breakdowns.  

Tests and Measurements

EBSCOHost Databases (Tests and Measurements) A multi-interdisciplinary suite of databases covering the arts, humanities, law, life and health sciences, social sciences, science and technology. Databases contain content from popular magazines, scholarly journals, newspapers, documents, books, reports, conference proceedings, and other digital media. Features Open Cluster Searching. Select -- Academic Search Complete; Education Research Complete; Health and Psychosocial Instruments and; Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print.

PsycTESTS  APA sponsored resources is a digital repository for the full text of psychological tests and measures. This repository provides access to achievement and aptitude tests, intelligence tests, tests of cognitive functioning, occupational tests, and personality tests.

ETS Tests in Microfiche  Tests in Microfiche is an annual series of full text research instruments that have been cited in the educational and psychological literature.  Princeton: Educational Testing Service, 1975-2004.

The Test Collection at ETS  The Educational Testing Service Test Collection is a database of tests and measurement devices. Database provides information on standardized tests and research instruments available to researchers, graduate students and teachers. Including, information about tests from the early 1900s to the present, the Test Collection at ETS is the largest compilation of tests and measurements in the world.

San Diego State University (SDSU) Test Finder Database The SDSU library database is an index to  tests, instruments, rating scales, and measures published in journals and monographs.

The Encyclopedia of Psychology | Environment Behavior Relationships : Measurement This Encyclopedia of Psychology entry is a guide to online instruments and measurements for popular and scholarly research. The database is maintained by Department of Psychology, Jacksonville State University.

Streaming Media

Alexander Street Video Library contains digital media materials including text, audio, image, and video. Search architecture allow general and advanced searching of specific subjects. This multi-layered database features custom clip making, playlist tools, and course pack compatibility.

DocuSeek2 is a collection of documentary and social issues films and videos. Exclusive academic streaming for films from renowned leaders in documentary film distribution.

Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions. Kanopy works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer award-winning collections including titles from PBS, BBC, The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Media Education Foundation and International Film Festivals.

Swank Digital Campus licenses and distributes content to non-theatrical markets like colleges and universities, K-12 public schools and libraries. Swank provides digital access to  course-related films, movies, and television shows outside the classroom. 

OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons: Educational Films and Documentaries contains Ambrose Video and Films for the Humanities & Sciences educational films covering a variety of subjects which may be streamed or downloaded for classroom use.

Material Request

Book Requests

The single book request form []. All members of the OSU community can initiate a purchase request.

Course Reserve Requests

For materials to be held on reserve at Columbus campus libraries,  []. Zane Smith,, will handle the ordering of requested materials for course reserves. 

Streaming Film Requests

To request a film for streaming, fill out a request form. [] For questions about this service, contact Aaron Olivera,

New Resource Proposal Requests

To request Journals, Databases, Digital Collections, E-Book Packages, Journal Packages, Data Sets and Other Resources use New Resource Proposal Form. [] For questions about requests, contact Aaron Olivera,


OCIO   The Office of the Chief Information Officer is The Ohio State University’s official digital communications system and technology center. Free Software, Microsoft Packages, Educational Pricing, and more. For assistance and help contact OCIO at 614- 688-HELP.

CARMEN  The Ohio State University’s official course management system. For assistance and help contact OIT at 614-688-4357.

Interlibrary Services  Provides interlibrary loan, global borrowing, and article express digital services. Email: Phone: 614-292-9077.

Choosing & Using Sources University Libraries’ Choosing & Using Sources presents a method for academic research and writing, from formulating your research question to selecting vetted information and using sources effectively.