Finding Facts & More
Online Fact Checking:
EBSCO eBook Collection: Included ebooks on all subjects, including many scholarly and reference books, encyclopedias, handbooks, biographical collections, and guides.
World Factbook: The U.S. government's complete geographical handbook, featuring 267 full-color maps and flags of all nations and geographical entities. Each country profile tracks such demographics as population, ethnicity and literacy rates, as well as political, geographical and economic data.
Online Dictionaries & Encyclopedias:
Oxford Digital Reference Shelf: The Core Collection contains about 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. It is a fully-indexed, cross-searchable database of these books, giving subscribers unprecedented access to a comprehensive information resource.
Online Quotation Sources:
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations: This tenth edition of 1919 contains over 11,000 searchable quotations and was the first new edition of John Bartlett’s corpus to be published after his death in 1905—the new editor, however, choosing more to supplement than revise the work of the first name in quotations.
Maps & More:
Warner Library holds an excellent selection of paper maps. Visit the library to view them.
Geographic Names Information System (GNIS): Database of official geographic feature names with locative attributes as well as principles, policies, and procedures governing the use of domestic names, foreign names, Antarctic names, and undersea feature names.
Google Earth: Google Earth puts a planet's worth of imagery and other geographic information right on your desktop. View exotic locales like Maui and Paris as well as points of interest such as local restaurants, hospitals, schools, and more.
National geologic map database: Searchable catalog providing access to maps and other spatially referenced data for geology, geophysics, marine geology, earth resources, hazards, geochemistry, geochronology, and paleontology. Includes links to other sources of topographic and related maps, other earth science databases, and additional Web resources related to geology.
How to Conduct Research
Check out one of these tutorials on conducting research
Tips for Using the Library Catalog & Databases:
Video: Retrieving an Article Via a Research Database: Find out how to get an article in a research database.
Getting an Article Via a Citation: All Journal Formats: If you have a citation, see how to use the OSU Library Catalog to find out if a journal is available in any format (print or electronic).
Video: Getting an Article Via a Citation: Electronic Journals:: If you have a citation, see how to use the Online Journals List find out if a journal is available electronically.
Limiting Catalog Searches: This video is useful in understanding OSU catalog searching.
Find Articles: Read these basic instructions for finding articles.
Tips for Searching Research Databases:
Watch these tutorial for help in navigating Academic Search Complete:
Other Helpful Guides for Database Searching:
OSU Subject Research Guides: Ohio State University Libraries has many helpful subject research guides; browse these guides to find more recommended databases.
Finding Articles: Follow this helpful tutorial from OSU libraries on finding articles.
Citation Style Guides
APA Citation Guide: Based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th edition, this guide provides examples for citing books; book chapters; encyclopedia, journal, magazine, and newspaper articles; Government Printing Office and ERIC reports; online databases; and Internet resources. Council of Science Editors (CSE) Citation Guide: Based on the Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 7th edition, this guide provides examples for citing books; book chapters; journal articles; conference papers and abstracts; technical reports; and dissertations theses. The developers of this citation style were formerly known as the Council of Biology Editors (CBE).
Council of Science Editors (CSE) Citation Guide: Based on the Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 7th edition, this guide provides examples for citing books; book chapters; journal articles; conference papers and abstracts; technical reports; and dissertations theses. The developers of this citation style were formerly known as the Council of Biology Editors (CBE).
Chicago Manual of Style Citation Guide: Based on The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition,examples are shown for the Author-Date system which is recommended for the physical, natural and social sciences.
Modern Language Association (MLA) Citation Guide: Based on the MLA Handbooks for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition, this guide provides examples for citing books; journal, magazine, and newspaper articles; books, and other resources.
Turabian Citation Guide: Based on the A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th edition, this guide provides examples for citing books; journal, magazine, and newspaper articles; books, and other resources.
Cite Your Sources
Need help? Check out this EasyBib tutorial.
More online citation tools:
Bib Me: fully automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills.
Son of Citation Machine: Citation machine helps student researchers to properly credit the information that they use.
The Purdue OWL: APA Style Guide These OWL resources will help you learn how to use the American Psychological Association (APA) citation and format style.
OhioLINK: How to Cite Sources in a Paper: Documenting sources used in a paper can be challenging. Many different citation styles exist, with specific rules for many source types — journal articles, books, Web sites, etc. This page refers to services designed to help you cite.
Grammar Resources: Check out this annotated collection of grammar and writing resources from around the web compiled by the University of Chicago.
Paradigm Online Writing: Look here for student resources for writing arguments and research papers.
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): The OWL offers over 200 free writing resources.