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Writing Studies & Rhetoric


Off Campus Access:  You'll need to authenticate yourself as an ODU user to get access to research materials we provide from offcampus. Your MIDAS ID and password will provide access.

Search subject databases to find articles: If you are trying to decide which database is appropriate for your research, look at the list of databases listed on the Articles tab.

Take advantage of ALERT services in our databases to stay current on articles being published on your topic.

Search the main search box on the Library's homepage for books and other materials owned by ODU, whether print or electronic. Use WorldCat for those not owned by ODU.

Sign up to use Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad). This a free (and fast) service that allows you to request journal articles, books, and other needed research materials that are not available at ODU.

Mange your citations with EndNote.

Ask A Librarian:  Feel free to contact me (  Or, use chat, email, or phone to talk to another librarian.

Special Library Services

Full-Text Online Journals:

  • You need to go through the library's website and be authenticated to get to our journal subscriptions.
  • Not all of our journals provide every article, or every year.
  • If you're not finding the journal article you need, always double-check in Journals A-Z.
  • In Google Scholar, if you want full text access to our journal subscriptions, you need to go to SETTINGS, and under LIBRARY LINKS, inlcude all options for Old Dominion University.

Interlibrary Loan:

  • Whether you're on campus or off, you can request any article through Interlibrary Loan, and they will get it for you - even print articles in the library.
  • If you're a distance learning student, be sure to provide your physical address so that ILL can mail you books.


  • Graduate students may borrow books for the entire semester.
  • Journals can only be borrowed for 3 days.

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