Grant or Proposal Writing Guide

Reference Resources

Use these encyclopedias, dictionaries and almanacs for background information about book reviews, definitions or general information.


Locating Books
Books can be found through MaagNet, the Maag Library online catalog or through the OhioLINK Catalog. Use MaagNet to locate items available through Maag Library. Use the OhioLINK catalog to locate items available through other OhioLINK institutions. These items can be requested and delivered to Maag Library for pickup.

Not sure of a topic? Here are a few Library of Congress Subject Headings that can get you started:

  • Federal Aid to Education
  • Fund Raising
  • Grants
  • Grants-in-aid
  • Grantsmanship
  • Proposal Writing
Browsing for books

Book reviews resources are located throughout the library: items in the Reference Room, Serials and in the circulating collection are all arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification System. Once you locate a book or journal that is useful in one of these areas, you can locate information on the same or similar topics by locating the same call number in the other areas of the library. See Call Numbers and Floor Plans for assistance.


Locating Articles



Many book reviews journals are now available through online subscription databases and through the OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center. Various terms can be used to search these databases, including subject, keywords and relevant dates. Most databases allow access by current YSU faculty, students and staff from off campus, although a few are restricted to in-library use only. For more information about connecting from home, see off-campus access.

  • Academic Search Premier    OFF CAMPUS LINK
    Full text database designed specifically for academic institutions. This resource indexes over 4300 periodicals and contains full text for over 3400 scholarly publications. Academic Search Premier includes full-page images as well as color embedded images.
  • Education Abstracts
    An electronic version of the printed Education Index. Author, title, and subject index to over 400 educational periodicals, yearbooks and book series since 1983.
  • ERIC
    Educational Resources Information Center. Index and abstracts of articles, books, and documents covering education research and practice.

These databases provide a starting point for your research. To see other available databases, visit the Research Databases page.


Web Resources

The links below provide access to book reviews resources on the Internet.

  • Book reviews Topics
    Links from the Librarian's Index to the Internet.
    Includes grant opportunities and applications from federal grant-making agencies. Sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • SRA International
    A resource sponsored by the Society of Research Administrators. Covers governmental as well as private sources.
  • Federal Grants and Awards
    This site from GPO Pathway Services provides links an site descriptions to the many government agencies providing grants and research awards.
  • Grantsource
    The GrantSource Library website is organized by category of resource, such as funding databases, funding alerts, specialized funding guides, and others.
  • YSU's Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs
    The Office of Grants & Sponsored Programs (OGSP) is dedicated to helping YSU faculty and staff submit, obtain, and effectively use external funds for research, service, and other scholarly activity.
  • Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County Grant Center
    The Grant Center at the Youngstown Public Library is one of more than 200 cooperating collections of the Foundation Center, headquartered in New York City.