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Research Assistant Resources

Searching for Books

To locate relevant books, search by Author, Title, Keyword, Subject, etc. in the following catalogs:

You can find basic tips on how to use these catalogs here:

Navigating the Stacks

A call number  is essential to locating any item. Our library uses the Library of Congress classification system, which consists of letters and numbers. The first letter (or letters) represents a subject area. Books and other materials are then collated under that section. For example:

  • All law materials will have call numbers that begin with K.
  • United States law materials will have call numbers that begin with KF.
  • Ohio law materials will have call numbers that begin with KFO1-559.
  • Therefore, we know that KFO47 .O44 v.834-835 is an Ohio legal material.

When you find a source on the OSU Libraries Catalog, it will show you the call number and the location of the material:




Once you have the call number, you can consult the Law Library Map to find where the book is located:


Checking Out Books

You can check out material from any OSU Library and from any library available through OhioLINK. Remember to check out RA materials using your professor's account. You are personally responsible for material checked out on your account. To check the status of requested items, renew books, or pay fines, visit your Library Account.

If you have any questions, visit the Circulation Desk or email Kaylie Vermillion, Circulation Manager (