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Research 101: Getting Started: Where to Go From Here

Know how to choose a good topic, create a good search, & read critically.

Go back to our Research 101 tutorial and go through our two modules on Finding ArticlesFinding Books.

Or go to our top web resources below.

Research Guides

Start your research here!

Use our online Research Guides to help your get started with your research! They provide links to our recommended databases for your topics, tips & tutorials on how to use them, & more!

Go to the Library home page & click on Research Tools & Services to get to our Research Guides.

Research Tools & Services page with Research Guides highlighted

Library Databases

You'll need articles & other resources for your research papers. That means you'll need to use the library's databases!

You can use our Research Guides to get to them, or you can go directly to them:  Go to the Library home page & click on Find It from our menu to go to a list of all our databases.Then select our recommended databases for your subject.

Off campus or using campus wifi? No problem! Use our off-campus access.

ODU Library Find It web page with Databases highlighted

Quick Reference

Need help citing your sources? Need statisticss or demographic data? 

You'll get online tips & guides for citing your sources, in MLA & APA styles, along with reliable web sites for specific stats & data.

Go to the Library home page, click on Research Tools & Services, & choose Quick Reference. 

Library Catalogs

You may need books  for your assignments too. Use our catalogs for these & more resources!

Go to the Library homepage & Click on Find It from our menu to go to our library catalogs.

Or start your search in our ODU Library Catalog using the search box on the Library home page.

ODU Library web page Find It with Library Catalogs highlighted