Ask the Expert: Get the Most Out of the Campus Library

Posted Jan 18, 2024

Courtright Memorial Library is full of resources for Otterbein University Students. One of these resources is Electronic Access Librarian Allen Reichert. He shares the top five resources in the library and how students benefit most:

Allen Reichert
Allen Reichert
  1. Our staff! We have hundreds of databases and various resources for you. Your Personal Librarian can help you find the best resources for your assignments. Have a quick question about library resources? Chat with our research help desk. Need circulation assistance? Becky, Rebecca, Gabby, and our student employees are here for you! Need an article that isn’t available through the library? Rebecca and interlibrary loan can get it for you! Want to learn more about Otterbein’s history, Stephen is your archivist!
  2. Newspapers. You have free access to both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. You also can get The Columbus Dispatch through Newsbank.
  3. Databases and journals. Everything from Statista, a great source for statistics, to CQ Researcher, a useful resource if you are trying to pick a general topic, to more specialized resources such as our newest database, Birds of the World. (Check out all the recordings of the musician wren!) Thanks in large part to OhioLINK, we are able to access thousands of journals and a rich variety of databases for your major.
  4. Equipment. We have bicycles, games, laptops, easels, self-help resources, and many other items which can be checked out. You can see what we have in the library equipment page.
  5. Digital Commons. Find items from Otterbein’s history such as yearbooks and publications. Student research and faculty research can also be found in the Commons. Art collections held by the university, such as the work done by C.Y. Woo, and archival collections, such as the Sierra Leone postcards, are also present in our ever-growing digitized and digital collection.