The Ort Library provides you with a variety of resources, tools and services to assist you with your research. Find options on this page to learn about the ways that librarians can provide research assistance. You will also find information about our research tools such as our OneSearch discovery service, the library catalog, and individual databases.

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Getting assistance with research

Reference Librarians are here to help you! Get help in-person at the reference desk, by appointment, telephone, email, and online chat. Learn more about our research services on our guide to Library Research Tools and Assistance

Finding articles, Books & more with OneSearch

OneSearch searches across the Ort Library's resources and collections. It brings together article databases, the library catalog, and e-books, as well as other online resources provided by the library all with a single search. Search results also include books from other Maryland academic libraries which may be requested for delivery to Frostburg.

Learn more about OneSearch on our guide to library research tools.

Finding books, videos, and more with CATALOG USMAI

Catalog USMAI is the catalog for the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions, a consortium of eighteen academic libraries in Maryland. Catalog USMAI is a combined database of all items in these library collections

Search Catalog USMAI (Frostburg only).  

Search Catalog USMAI (All Libraries).   

Learn more about Catalog USMAI on our guide to library research tools.  

Finding specific databases with A-Z DATABASES 

Locate one of approximately 85 individual research databases available to the Frostburg State University community in this alphabetical list.  You may also view the databases according to category, type or provider or search for a specific database.

Learn more about our individual databases on our guide to library research tools

Finding online journals and magazines with Journal Search

Journal Search lets you check on the availability of online journals, magazines, and newspapers. 

Learn more about Journal Search on our guide to library research tools.   

Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar lets you search for scholarly articles using the familiar Google search engine.

Visit Google Scholar.

Learn more about Google Scholar, including how to link your Google account to Ort Library on our guide to library research tools

Using Subject and Course Guides

Subject Guides and Course Guides are customized web pages created for specific subjects or classes at FSU. Subject guides will provide links to recommended databases and other resources for a variety of subject areas. Course guides are created for specific classes.

Requesting materials not in the Lewis J. Ort Library

Students, Faculty & Staff may request material from other libraries. To learn more about requesting materials not in the Lewis J. ort Library on our Student Services page.


Find resources to help you format your works cited / reference list in a variety of styles in the Citing Help Guide

Resources for Online/Distance Education Students

For information on how to obtain research help or access library resources, please visit the Resources for Distance Students guide.  


To access databases, journals, and other online resources while off campus, use your 14-digit library barcode number and your last name to login. The 14-digit library barcode number is located on the FSU ID card and is also available in PAWS(Finding your barcode on PAWS, PDF document.)


Get Research Help

Visit or call the Main Desk

Research librarians are often available at the Main Desk near the library entrance; the telephone number is 301.687.4395.


Request a Research Consultation

Sometimes you may wish to have more time with a librarian for some focused research assistance. Consider making an appointment with a librarian for a research consultation.

Send an email

You may also email a librarian at or from the online email form.