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Rhodes State College @ The Lima Campus Library

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Log in to your Library Account. Under "Affiliated Users" you will need to create a PIN. Once you have done that, you can log in using your R number and your PIN.

Need to see if a book has arrived for you? Want to check your due dates? Need to renew a book or pay a fine? You can do all that directly from your library account!

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Color Printing is now available at the Lima Campus Library

Printing in Black and White costs $0.06 per page

Printing in Color costs $0.20 per page

Scanning costs $0.01 per page

These costs can be paid by swiping your Guest Buck-ID, and be sure to log out when you're done.

Don't have a Guest Buck-ID card? Come see someone at the front desk to pick one up today!

Find out more through UniPrint!

Web Source Evaluation is an incredibly important step in finding the best sources for your research. There are several techniques to consider when evaluating sources to determine their reliability and usefulness for your projects:

DRAMA Method
D – Date (How Recent)
R – Relevance (Original content? Or repost?)
A – Accuracy (Are there sources cited?)
M – Motivation (Was this written to inform? Or persuade?)
A – Authority (Who wrote this? Author/s or an organization?)

SIFT Method
S – Stop (if you know the source is trustworthy, then use it. If you’re not sure…)
I – Investigate (Look for publication date, author/s, about page of a website, citations, etc.)
F – Find Better Coverage (Look elsewhere for a more reliable website)
T – Trace Claims (follow citation links to find that information elsewhere)
Further Reading:
1. Choosing & Using Sources (OSU eBook) – Chapter 6 focuses on source evaluation 
2. Kent State University – Criteria for Evaluating Web Resources
3. Indiana University East – Fake News Guide


Knowing how to cite your sources is a critical skill for college-level research.  Thankfully, there are a ton of great resources available to help make the process quick and painless.  Perhaps the best of those resources is called The OWL @ Purdue.  It's a free resource created and maintained by Purdue University that goes into a great deal of depth on almost every citation style out there.  Click below to be linked to their resources for a few of the most popular styles.

MLA Style Guide
APA Style Guide
Chicago Style Guide

Click here for the OhioLINK Databases A-Z list.

These days, doing research from home is easier than ever before. You can access a wide variety of electronic resources from your home computer, a public library, even your smart phone or mobile device.

Why won't it let me search?

The reason you have access to so many fantastic resources right now is because you're a student at Rhodes State College - but when you're off campus, how could your computer know that?  So in order to actually use these resources, you have to log in using your R number.

What will I need on me?

All you need is your R number (found on your Rhodes State ID) and an Internet connection.  Head over to our homepage. If you want to use Academic Search Complete (a great all-purpose database), all you have to do is type your term in and hit search, and it should take you to the correct log-in screen.

If you want more, check out the complete list of OhioLINK databases you can use.  When you're logging in from that screen, remember: If you see the phrase (off-campus url) next to the database, you must click on the phrase (off-campus url) to log in.  Clicking on the title of the database will not work.

What next?

That's it!  Once you've logged in to your database, you'll have access to the full range of materials at home.  If you switch databases, you may need to log in again, but otherwise, working from home is just that easy!

How do I take books home?

You must have photo identification to check out materials. This can mean a driver's license or a student ID.

You are responsible for all the materials borrowed on your ID, and you can check out materials only on your own account.

Due dates of materials vary depending on the type of material and where it comes from. View your circulation record often to review the due dates and to renew items as necessary. 

Click here to go to the OSU Libraries Circulation FAQ.

Here you'll find the terms of checking books out.  How long do you get to keep them, how many can you have out at once, how much are overdue fees - this is the place to go for your answers.

Residents of Ohio can sign up for a State Library of Ohio card to borrow OhioLINK circulating print materials. For more information, consult the State Library website at

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