Congratulations Graduates!

After our first two semesters in decades, the 2012-2013 is about to come to a close, and the class of 2013 is about to join the ranks of OHIO Alumni. All of us at the Ohio University Libraries wish you the best for the next chapter and whatever comes next. We would especially like to congratulate the graduating students who worked in Alden, the Annex and the Music & Dance Library.

After four (or more!) years at Ohio University, you no doubt realize that education occurs as much outside of the classroom as inside it. Access to information is vital for success in most jobs and to become a lifelong learner. To that end, we’ve compiled some suggested places to find information and research sources after you graduate.

  • Your local public library can connect you with a wide variety of information sources from books and movies, language learning tools, and even research-related resources. Major cities have large library systems, like those in ColumbusCincinnati and Cleveland. If you’re not in a major metropolitan area, you can also find a local public library search on the Census website
  • If you are staying in Athens, you can still check out materials from Alden with either a community card or a membership to the Friends of the Libraries. Friends members can even access materials from OhioLINK and movies in Alden. 
  • If you find yourself in need of research sources, take a look at OPLIN, which provides access to databases like NewsBank, Business Source Premier and Academic Search Premier for residents of Ohio. Many other states of similar systems for their own residents. Check with your local public library for more information.
  • Should you finally find yourself with time to read for fun or catch up on those classics you’ve always meant to read, check out Project Gutenberg and LibriVox, through which you can find free electronic books for your e-reader and audio books, respectively.

We hope you’ll stay in touch as you move forward. We’re on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest and would love to hear from you, especially if you visit a great library wherever your travels take you.  

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