Student Expands Research Skills Using Music & Dance Library Resources


Heidi Bowles smiling in front of Music and Dance Library materials
Heidi Bowles

“I chose Ohio State because it is affordable and has a lot of great programs,” she said. “I had an idea of what I wanted to do with my life, but I wasn’t sure, so I wanted to go to a school where I could change my mind and still get a good education without needing to transfer schools. I chose majors that would help me prepare for law school and give me the chance to take a variety of classes that I would enjoy.”  

Visiting and learning how to use the Music & Dance Library opened doors for Bowles, a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in music and philosophy, politics and economics.  

“It’s okay if you don’t know how to use the library. As a first-year student I was embarrassed to admit that I didn’t really know how a research library worked and how to access the resources they offer,” she said. “The librarians are so helpful and knowledgeable, and in my experience they’re always willing to help if you ask. It is worth taking the time to learn how to use the library; it saves so much time, effort and money.”  

Bowles was introduced to the Music & Dance Library her first year and learned how to fully utilize it when she began a research project her second year. 

“Working with the Music & Dance Library employees and materials helped make me a better student and researcher.” Bowles said. “I took a research methods course with Professor Alan Green where I learned how to use the library collections and resources which helped me develop my writing and research skills.”  

The development of Bowles’ writing and research skills was the tip of the iceberg. While working as a Libraries student employee, she also grew to appreciate the vast resources that are available and free to all Ohio State students. 

“My job with Copyright Services taught me to appreciate how many resources we have available to us as students,” said Bowles. “I used to get annoyed about restrictions on online resources and article scans, but after learning how complicated rights issues can be, I am grateful to have free and practically unlimited access to scholarship and resources. I have been able to find just about everything I need for classes or research for free through the library.” 

Bowles hopes other students will visit the Music & Dance Library. “The library has so many resources for students who want to do research or learn more about a subject, and it can help students save money. You can access sheet music and recordings that are still protected by copyright, and you can find new music in their collections or online guides,” Bowles said. 

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