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Getting Connected To You...AND Your Students

It can be hard to feel "connected" to your college when you're also busy working, especially if you're studying from a distance location. We hope you'll take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with some of the ways the Cincinnati State Library can provide research assistance to you & your students both on and off-campus so that you can take advantage of our services & help provide students with access to the resources they'll need to succeed.

Accessing Research Databases

The library gives current Cincinnati State students, faculty, & staff free access to almost 100 databases, making it easy to find scholarly articles, news from credible magazines & newspapers, e-books, & more. Most can be accessed from off-campus by following the links on our site & then entering your name & 7-digit College ID. Not sure what your ID number is? Go to MYCSTATE & use the link for "forgot your username or password" to retrieve it.

For a list of frequently used databases, visit our Databases A-Z guide or visit the "Finding Articles" tab. You may also want to see if there is a library guide for your subject area.. The library guides will list the most commonly used databases for that discipline .

Checking Out Books

In addition to having borrowing privileges at Cincinnati State's main campus library, you & your students have access to over 100,000 ebooks.You also have borrowing privileges at OhioLINK member libraries. Find a participating library near you by using OhioLINK's interactive map.

If you have a public library card, you may even be able to use it to request OhioLINK books (including Cincinnati State books!) to the public library closest to you. Visit the "Finding Books" tab for more information and for a video tutorial on how to use the Cincinnati State Library catalog.

Please Note: Faculty, and staff must present a valid Cincinnati State ID card to check out materials at the Johnnie Mae Berry Library. There is no limit to the numbers of books that may be checked out at one time; however, only 5 hold requests can be placed on Cincinnati State materials at one time. Most books are due in ten weeks, and may be renewed up to six times, if no other user has requested the material in the meantime. Faculty & staff are responsible for overdue fines accumulated from circulating fiction videos, OhioLINK, and SearchOhio materials, as well as replacement costs for damaged and unreturned items.

Covid-19 Updates

Visit our Covid-19 Guide for answers to FAQ about current library services & resources, or subscribe to our blog for the latest news in "what's happening".


Find a Guide for Your Course

You can Browse All Guides to find the library guide best suited for your student's research needs, whether you are teaching at Main Campus, Middletown, Harrison, online, or a College Credit Plus course.

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Visit the Faculty Lounge

Looking for more tools? Visit the Faculty Lounge in Blackboard for everything from assessment strategies to how to flip your classroom! Just log in to My C-State and find the Faculty Lounge in your list of Bb Courses. Have something to add to the Lounge? Please contact Peggy Rolfsen.

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