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*Ecampus Library Services

Information about library services for students taking Ecampus courses and instructors teaching Ecampus courses.

Online Writing Suite (OWS)

OSU's Online Writing Suite offers online writing assistance.

The OWS is open from week 2 of each term until the beginning of finals week. Trained  staff provide written and Zoom chat consultations for all OSU students, staff, and faculty.

Terms and Conditions:

  • OWS submissions cannot exceed 25 double-spaced pages (6250 words). Longer papers will not be accepted.
  • It may take up to 72 hours to receive feedback.
  • You should upload a copy of the instructor's assignment sheet. Failure to do so may result in delays.
  • You may not submit more than two (2) drafts per week.

Citation Management Software

As you research, you will want to keep track of all the information you are finding. One way to do this is to use a citation management program like Zotero or EndNote. Citation management programs let you store, retrieve and organize your citations. There are a couple of free programs you may wish to try out before committing to an expensive software purchase:

Keeping Up and Managing Your Research

Learn how to keep up with new information on your topic by:

  • setting up research alerts (journal table of contents and/or database search alerts)
  • setting up RSS feeds and feedreaders
  • reading or writing blogs

The Keeping Current with Research guide has more information.

Citations 101

Get a basic overview of where and when you need to cite and the different citation styles that are used in academic and scholarly writing. Citations 101 (link below) gives you a basic understanding of when and why you need to cite your sources.

If you don't know which style to use, make sure you ask your instructor. If your instructor leaves it up to you, choose the style with which you are most familiar.

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