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Learning to read textbooks

Learn to read a textbook from a pro

Clark State tutors and successful students are available to work with you to improve your skills in reading a textbook. Improve your skills with print, electronic, or nursing textbooks by working with a person who can show you a few tips.  Appointments are in person or over the telephone. To schedule an appointment:

  • Student Support Services in Rhodes 135, or call (937) 328- 6049
  • Clark State Library, or call (937) 328-6022. Clark State Library student workers are available to tutor in textbook reading: Monday to Thursday, 4 to 8 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 2 pm.

How to access E-books

To access e-books through OhioLINK, go to

  • You can search for a textbook or other book in the highlighted box in the center of the screen.
  • You can also target a particular e-book provider. At the left of the screen, you will see options such as Scholarly and Reference Collection, which pulls from a variety of publishers: EBSCO, Safari Books, and Wiley. Safari and  Wiley focus on technology and science.
  • If you see a book that interests you, click on the title to reach the table of contents.

With just a few simple clicks, you can find e-books and narrow your subject to something manageable. The information you need for your Works Cited or Reference page will be found on the title page, and the pages following, in the front of the book.

Contact us

(937) 328-6022     570 E Leffel Lane Springfield Ohio 45501

Hours:    Monday-Thursday 8 am to 6:00 pm     Friday 8 am to 5 pm

Reference help from a librarian is available 24 hour a day, 7 days a week at the chat box above.

Phone calls enter a voice mail system and responses are by email, 8 am to 5 pm Monday-Friday.