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Michael Schwartz Library

Frequently Asked Questions About Doing Research, Assignments, & Writing Papers

My Professor/Instructor says I need to find a journal article. Where do I start?
If you are new to library research, the best place to start is Finding Articles and Journals.
I need to find all kinds of information on a particular subject. Where's the best place to start?
Try our Research Guides for more focused research. Each portal pulls together subscription databases and OhioLINK resources, indexing services, full text e-journals, a list of current periodical subscriptions, and links to reputable web sites.
I'm doing research from home. How to I get help connecting to the Research Databases?
See Off-Campus Access.
How do I find the books I need?
Start by using the "Search the Scholar Catalog" box at the top of the page where you can search by Author, Title, Subject or Keyword. See Finding Books for more information.
How can I get books this Library doesn't have?
If your book doesn't appear in the SCHOLAR record, click on the "OhioLINK" button at the top of the page (see Finding Books) . If a record for your book doesn't appear in OhioLINK, you can borrow the book through our Interlibrary Loan Service.
I need a really good quotation for my presentation. Where can I find stuff like that?
Find quotations, dictionaries, encyclopedias, biographical sources, maps, statistics and much more at the Virtual Reference Desk. These web sites and electronic resources have been identified by our subject librarians as particularly useful for general reference use.
My Professor/Instructor put something on Course Reserve that I need to read by next week. Where do I find it?
See Course Reserves.
I have a question about using the Research Databases, but the Library is closed. How do I get help?
Go to Ask Your Personal Librarian for available help options 24/7.
I'm having trouble writing my research paper. Where can I get help?
The Writing Center, located on the first floor in the Library in RT 105 and available to all members of the university community, can help you with any writing you may have to do.

TIP: Use RefWorks to help you organize your research and format your bibliography and footnotes!

Where can I find help citing my sources?
If you have used RefWorks to organize your research, you can use it to format your bibliography and footnotes in several different styles. Otherwise, the Virtual Reference Desk has a whole list of online writing resources including citations guides.