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Phone: 513.569.1606
Email: RDL@cincinnatistate.edu
Text: (513) ASK-4466 (513.275.4466)
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If the Library is closed when you call, text or email us, we will reply on the next day we are open.

Library Location & Hours

The physical library is located in Main Building Room 170. During the Fall & Spring semesters, our hours are:

7:30 am - 10:00 pm: Monday through Thursday
7:30 am - 4:30 pm: Friday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm: Saturday

For holidays and changes in hours, please see the full Library Calendar.

Our online library is open 24/7, making it possible for you to do your research from anywhere, anytime. When you are working from off-campus, you will need your Cincinnati State College ID number to access most resources. If you are not sure what your 7 digit number is, you can look it up at MyCState by clicking the link for forgotten username/password.

What We Can Do For You

We're happy to help you...

  • find the right databases to find the types of resources your professors want
  • pick the right search terms so you get results that are relevant
  • narrow down your search results so you don't get stuck sifting through hundreds
  • point you in the right direction for examples on how to format citations

So what CAN'T we do? Well, we aren't able to...

  • pick your resources for you (you're the one who will have to read them)
  • edit or write your papers (but the Writing Center might be able to offer some guidance)
  • write or correct your citations (but we'll direct you to citation tools & generators)

Finding Credible Websites

Let's face it--there is a lot of information available on the Internet! How do you determine if it's GOOD information, especially if you want to use it for research? Infographic is courtesy of the IFLA.

Getting Started

Before you Begin: Know the Assignment

  • What type of paper is this? Informative? Argumentative? Research? Creative?
  • What question are you trying to answer?
  • Is there more than one part to the assignment?
  • What length is your final paper supposed to be?
  • How many resources are required?
  • What types of resources are required?
  • When is the assignment due?
  • What citation style is required?

Brainstorm your Search Strategy

Using And, OR, Not within your search

Searching with AND
Think of "who, what, when, where, & why" for ways to focus your topic. When you connect keywords with AND you will narrow your search because you will only receive results that include BOTH keywords.

Searching with OR

Before searching, brainstorm words or concepts that are similar in meaning and use those as search terms. When you use OR to connect keywords you broaden your search because the database will give you results that include either of your keywords.

Searching with NOT
When you use NOT with your keywords you narrow your search again because your results will exclude any sources including the second keyword.

You can also TRUNCATE
Insert an asterisk (hold the Shift key & the 8 key at the same time) to get results that include all possible endings of a root word. For example:
"symbol*" will retrieve symbol, symbolizes, symbolism, etc.
"devia*" will retrieve deviates, deviant, deviance, etc.

Library Collections

Before you Google...

While the library's databases are the best source for full-text academic & news articles, the Internet is a great starting point for finding statistics, viewpoints, and the most current news stories. But, you need to make sure the information is reliable! Watch the video at the right & read the guidelines below for help figuring out if you should use it, or lose it.

Smarter Search Strategies!

Brainstorm your Search Strategy

Using And, OR, Not within your search

Searching with AND
Think of "who, what, when, where, & why" for ways to focus your topic. When you connect keywords with AND you will narrow your search because you will only receive results that include BOTH keywords.

Searching with OR

Before searching, brainstorm words or concepts that are similar in meaning and use those as search terms. When you use OR to connect keywords you broaden your search because the database will give you results that include either of your keywords.

Searching with NOT
When you use NOT with your keywords you narrow your search again because your results will exclude any sources including the second keyword.

You can also TRUNCATE
Insert an asterisk (hold the Shift key & the 8 key at the same time) to get results that include all possible endings of a root word. For example:
"symbol*" will retrieve symbol, symbolizes, symbolism, etc.
"devia*" will retrieve deviates, deviant, deviance, etc.

Check Your Library Account

You can check due dates, the status of items you've requested, & renew books online! Just go to My Library Account or follow the button below to log in to your account.

E-Journals

If you are looking for a specific journal, please visit our Journals A-Z site.

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