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Research Services

The goal of research services at Case is to provide quality service to all members of the Case community in fulfillment of their educational and research needs. To achieve this goal, research services librarians provide research assistance, including answering reference questions, providing collection development support, and providing information literacy and research instruction services. These services are provided to all members of the Case community both locally and remotely, through telephone, e-mail, text, and LiveChat reference.

The objectives of service are:

  • To provide individual assistance and instruction
  • To provide and maintain reference resources, both print and electronic
  • To instruct users in the use of KSL resources and research techniques

Major Resources

See Your Librarian for specialized and custom assistance.

See current Main Desk hours for in-person walk-in assistance.

Services FAQ

How Do I get started if I don't have a topic?
Academic Search Premier provides full text journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study.
How do I decide between Databases & the Internet?
Check out this issue over at OhioLINK.
How do I find popular articles from Magazines or Newspapers?
Check out this issue over at OhioLINK.
How do I find scholarly articles from academic journals?
Check out this issue over at OhioLINK.
How do I choose a database?
Check out this issue over at OhioLINK.
How do I properly credit sources in my research paper?
Check out our  page.
What are Electronic Resources?
Electronic resources are generally considered to be Internet-based or online versions of print journals, newspapers, magazines, books, manuals, and other materials. It should be noted that some journals and databases are now published in electronic format only. This trend is expected to continue.
What are electronic or ejournals?

An electronic journal (ejournal, e-journal, ej, etc.) is a digitized or online version of a printed journal, such as the Physical Review A. Like most ejournals, this journal exists in both print and electronic formats. Collectively, the Case libraries provide access to thousands of electronic journals. This includes journals that are licensed independently by the Case libraries, journals in the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center, and a select number of journals that are freely available over the World Wide Web.

Users should be aware that many titles licensed by Case are not accessible from the OhioLINK EJC. An example of this is Science Online, the Web version of Science Magazine.

What are research databases?

A database is a collection of information organized into a particular format. Every item in a database has its own record and each of these records is itself divided into specific fields of information (e.g., author, title, etc.) In this respect, a telephone book can be defined as a database.

An electronic research database is a computerized collection of information in digital format. The Case libraries provide access to several hundred research databases, many of which include the full text of journal and newspaper articles. View Research Databases for a complete list of databases provided by the Case Libraries.

Users should be aware that several titles subscribed by Case are not accessible from the OhioLINK Research Databases list. An example of this is IEEE Xplore. IEEE Xplore provides full text access to IEEE transactions, journals, magazines and conference proceedings published since 1988 and all current IEEE standards.

How do I access the Databases from Home?

If you are a student, faculty, or staff at Case, you may access the databases with software-free remote authentication to OhioLINK electronic databases and journals. When you're away from your own computer or away from campus, logon to OhioLINK and choose a database or electronic journal.

You'll be prompted to enter Case as your school, your name and Case Account Number (your SS# is no longer used), and your library

For current Case enrolled and employed individuals, it's a simple way to have 2 hours of remote access to OhioLINK-only electronic content, and you can reconnect as often as you need to use the reources! Use any computer with a current web-browsr. (Remote authentication to Case-only resources requires VPN software on your computer.) Use PIN authentication for OhioLINK-only resources across the U.S. and around the world!

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