Graduate Students and University Libraries

University Libraries offers you:


  • Access to hundreds of research databases offering free, full-text journal articles
  • Free digital delivery of articles through the “Article Express” services
  • Interlibrary services; for items not available through the Ohio State Catalog or OhioLINK catalogs
  • A print collection of more than seven million volumes
  • Loan periods of 17 weeks with unlimited renewals for books from the University Libraries collection
  • Delivery of items to on-campus office addresses or the central campus library of your choice
  • Off-campus access to most databases and full-text journals and books
  • Special Collections that offer unique research opportunities
  • Free bibliographic management software (RefWorks™, Zotero™, etc.)
  • Materials may be requested through the online catalog by visiting



  • Subject librarians with expertise in every area of study who are available to help you with your research needs
  • Faculty and staff at the Research Commons provide research support in the areas of Data Management and Visualization, Digital Humanities, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Research Impact
  • Experts in Copyright Services that provide education and guidance on the application of copyright law to facilitate teaching, research and scholarship


Research Commons

Located on the 3rd floor of the 18th Avenue Library, Research Commons features a suite of services and enriched technology for graduate, postdoc and faculty research. Whether you want to reserve a room for collaborative projects, schedule a consultation with a research support expert, participate in a workshop, explore new software in the computer lab or find a quiet place to focus on your work, Research Commons is the spot for you.


Other places to conduct research



University Libraries is a member of OhioLINK, a group of libraries across the state that share resources. Through OhioLINK, you have access to:

  • More than 100 electronic research databases
  • The Electronic Journal Center, with nearly 10,000 scholarly journal titles across a wide range of disciplines
  • The Digital Resource Commons, with a variety of multimedia material
  • More than 50 million library items statewide, with more than 13 million unique titles

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