Table of Contents
- Quick Start
- Search Strategy
- Reference Sources
- Finding Books
- Finding Articles
- Audio and Video
- Citing Your Sources
This Guide is designed to serve as a brief introduction to resources on Appalachia available at the Ohio University Libraries.
Since Appalachian Studies is very interdisciplinary, there is no one "best" place to start--there is no "Appalachian Studies Database" to begin with. Instead, you will need to choose scholarly databases according to the specific focus of your research.
In order to do successful research, you need to have some general understanding of HOW to search and WHERE to search for information.
The set of pages on The Research Process on our main website contains a lot of information on the various steps of doing a research project.
What is Appalachia?
This is the official definition from the Appalachian Regional Commission, the federal agency that "works for sustainable community and economic development in Appalachia."
Appalachia, as defined in the legislation from which the Appalachian Regional Commission derives its authority, is a 205,000-square-mile region that follows the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from southern New York to northern Mississippi. It includes all of West Virginia and parts of 12 other states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Or in map form: