Library Services for Students

Ask a Librarian

Ways to get help from a librarian -- in person, by phone or online right now.

Assignment Calculator This is a link to another web site

A tool to assist students in working through the steps required to complete a research paper. It includes a timeline, links to resources, and an option for email notifications at each stage of the process.

Center for Digital Media This is a link to another web site

The CDM is a collaboration by Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center and Information Techology Services to provide a fully-equipped and supported multimedia lab.

Copyright Resources This is a link to another web site

Contains information to assist faculty, students, and staff in deciding whether or not their proposed use of copyrighted content complies with fair use guidelines. multimedia.

Group Study Room Reservations This is a link to another web site

These rooms are currently available for online reservations:
--Grasselli LoPresti Room 202: min 3 people, max 6 people. Near library reference staff.
--Breen 250: min 3 people, max 8 people. Has a digital display screen. Keyboard and mouse available at the library circulation desk.
-- Breen 251: min 3 people, max 6 people. Has a white board. Dry erase marker kit available at the library circulation desk.
Use the link below to make your reservation online and reply to the confirmation email within thirty minutes. You can reserve the room up to a week ahead for a maximum of two hours per day. This is a link to another web site

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

How to locate and order ILL materials (such as articles not available at JCU), delivery times, password reset and alerts, renewals, fees.

Journal Alerts and Searches

How to set up alerts to notify you when new articles are published that fit your search criteria, or when new issues of a journal are published. You can create and manage alerts for all the periodicals indexed in the Electronic Journal Center and in the Ebsco databases.

Kindle Electronic-book Readers

Information and policies about borrowing Kindles for reading e-books.

Laptop Computer Loan Policies

Information and policies about borrowing laptops for use in the library.

OhioLINK Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Center (ETD)

The ETD is a free online database containing electronic versions of masters theses, dissertations, and undergraduate papers. Consider submitting your thesis or honors paper to the ETD to ensure preservation and wide dissemination. For details contact Liaison Librarian Jie Zhang (; 216-397-1693)

Library Collections

Descriptions of collections in the library, such as audio-visual, popular reading, spiritual reading, theses collections, and others.

Library Liaisons This is a link to another web site

Listing of librarians with their subject specialties. Each librarian serves particular academic departments, with in depth knowledge of resources available for those subjects. If you are having trouble with a research assignment, you may wish to contact the librarian specializing in that subject area.

OhioLINK This is a link to another web site

The OhioLINK home page and quick search. OhioLINK, is a consortium of 88 Ohio college and university libraries, the State Library of Ohio, and the Cuyahoga County Public Library, that work together to provide Ohio students, faculty and researchers with the information they need.

Research Help by Appointment

Schedule a private appointment to meet one-on-one with a Grasselli reference librarian for help on a class assignment.

Reserves (Electronic or Traditional/Print)

How to find and access information placed on reserve for student use.

Tips for Saving Money on Textbooks

Ideas for cutting costs while still obtaining the texts you need.


Some tutorials to help you hone your library research skills. Includes tutorials on Academic Search Complete and general information literacy skils.