Reference assistance is a part of a suite of services offered through the OSU Libraries (OSUL).All Research Services are guided by our underlying service philosophy:

OSUL is committed to fostering an environment conducive to academic inquiry:

Research Services supports users through the continuum from basic reference to advanced research consultation by

  • Understanding user needs and experiences in order to offer appropriate services, teach users how to find, use, and evaluate resources, and empower individuals to conduct their own research.
  • Providing expert research consultation to members of the university community.
  • Creating a physical and virtual space that encourages users to engage in the discovery, critical inquiry, and continual development of research skills.
  • Offering optimal access to resources and specialized services to users, when and where they work and interact.

Subject Librarians provide one-on-one consultations for discipline-specific inquiries. Additional research support is available through the Research Commons, a technology- and expertise-enabled space on the 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library.

You can get in touch with library staff in a variety of ways:

Call Us

(614) 292-OSUL (6785). If we can answer your question within 5 minutes or less we will. If not, we will refer you to an OSU Libraries' Subject Librarian.

Talk to us in person

This is often the most effective and efficient way to get an answer to your question as the more information you share with us about your project, the better our answer will be.  See our list of service hours for all library locations. You can also make an appointment with or visit an OSU Libraries Subject Librarian.

Chat with us

If we can answer your question within 5 minutes or less we will. If not, we will refer you to an OSU Libraries' Subject Librarian.

Email Us

We try to answer all questions within 24 hours (Monday-Friday). If we cannot answer your question within two working days, we will let you know.

MARS (Mobile Assistance with Research Students)

We're going where you are! Research Students will be available for peer-to-peer consultations in Younkin Success Center and several dorms around campus. Look for MARS students in gray polo shirts. Hours are as follows:

  • Younkin Success Center: Monday-Thursday 6pm-9pm

Reference Services Department Staff

Nick Wilkenson, Program Coordinator for Research Services, 614-247-6042, wilkenson.1@osu.edu

Tanya Bomsta, Research Services Instructional Aid Assistant, 614-292-8006, bomsta.1@osu.edu

Judith Cerqua, Reference Student Staff Supervisor, 614-247-2725, cerqua.1@osu.edu

Alicia Perkins, MARS Staff Supervisor, 614-292-4089 perkins.12@osu.edu

Mary Ries, Government Documents and Microforms Specialist, (614) 688-8770, ries.3@osu.edu

Social Sciences Cohort

Jose Diaz, Associate Professor, Interim Head of Social Sciences Cohort and Head of Area Studies, 614-688-4649, diaz.6@osu.edu

Hilary Bussell, Assistant Professor, Subject Librarian for International Studies, Communication Studies, Economics, and Political Science, 614-292-9437, bussell.21@osu.edu

Leta Hendricks, Assistant Professor, Subject Librarian for Comparative Studies, Folklore and African and African American Studies (AAAS), 614-688-7478, hendricks.3@osu.edu

Deidra Herring, Associate Professor, Subject Librarian for Education, 614-247-7235, herring.44@osu.edu

David Lincove, Professor, Subject Librarian for History, History of Science, The Glenn College of Public Affairs, and Philosophy, 614-292-2393, lincove.1@osu.edu

Tracey Overbey, Assistant Professor, Subject Librarian for Human Ecology and Sociology, 614-688-8775, overbey.13@osu.edu

Cynthia Preston, Assistant Professor, Subject Librarian for Social Work and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, 614-292-3832, preston.7@osu.edu

Jennifer Schnabel, Assistant Professor, Subject Librarian for English, Film Studies, and Linguistics, 614-688-5861, schnabel.23@osu.edu

Business Librarian, vacant, businesslib@osu.edu

Research Commons Department Faculty/Staff Humanities

Meris Mandernach, Associate Professor, Head, Research Services, 614-688-1446, mandernach.1@osu.edu

Leigh Bonds, Assistant Professor, Digital Humanities Librariand Subject Librarian for Comparative Studies, 614-292-0849, bonds.19@osu.edu

Lee-Arng Chang, Data Visualization Specialist, 614-292-6152, chang.967@osu.edu

Nancy Courtney, Associate Professor, Research Impact Librarian and Subject Librarian for Classics, French, Italian, and Film Studies, 614-688-8771,  courtney.24@osu.edu

Rico Garabis, Research Commons IT Specialist, 614-292-2273, garabis.12@osu.edu

Nicole Hernandez, Research Commons Office Associate, 614-292-7192, hernandez.313@osu.edu

Inal Elbeyli, Research Commons Developer, elbeyli.2@osu.edu
 

Amanda Rinehart, Assistant Professor, Research Data Management Services Librarian, 614-292-3336, rinehart.64@osu.edu

Josh Sadvari, Research Commons Program Manager and GIS consultant, 614-292-5828, sadvari.1@osu.edu

Sharon Sadvari, Data Services Specialist for Outreach and Education, 614-247-8874, sadvari.2@osu.edu