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FYSP 045: How To Use Your Body to Survive College (and write brilliant essays): Research basics

Resources for Prof. Ann Cooper Albright's First Year Seminar, Fall 2023


Getting Started with Research

OBIS is the catalog that lists all of the books, films, scores, recordings etc. held in the Oberlin College Libraries

Summon is a tool for searching across a wide range of subject areas and types of resources simultaneously.

Databases allow you to dig deeply into subjects (anthropology, history, literature) or types of material (articles, videos, primary sources).

OhioLINK Catalog is the catalog of the 90+ college and university libraries in the state of Ohio.  Your library barcode allows you to request items from other libraries. 

Parts of a Scholarly Article


Brief summary of the article.
Introduction States the topic, purpose, and argument of the article.
Methods Mentions steps taken to support argument of the article.
Results/Findings Shares results of the research.
Discussion Analyzes and talks about the findings of the research.
Conclusion Synthesizes the article's findings and argument.
References List of cited sources.


Librarian / Research Help

Photograph of Barbara Prior, the Art Librarian

Barb Prior (she/her)  Head, Clarence Ward Art Library
Top Floor, Venturi Art Building
Email us at

Supports classes across the College and Conservatory and those using the Allen Memorial Art Museum

Subject expert for: 
Art & architecture of East Asia, Africa, Latin America, Islam, the Ancient Mediterranean, the Western Middle Ages, the Renaissance & Baroque periods, and Global Art of the 20th c & 21st c.
Complete list of Barb's Research Guides

Schedule a Research Appointment