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Basic Library Resources at Penn State

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    • BASIC RESOURCES in the Penn State University Libraries Penn State Shenango April 2009
    • The Library Blog
    • http://LartzMemorialLibrary.blogspot.com
      • Weekly updates featuring tutorials and library news
      • Access to
        • University Libraries
        • Google
        • Webmail
        • Penn State Shenango homepage
    • University Libraries Website
    • http://www.libraries.psu.edu
      • Access to all the resources of the Penn State University Libraries
        • The CAT (library catalog)
        • Electronic databases
        • Research Guides
        • Tutorials
        • Course Reserves
    • Try These First
    • Try These First offers access to all these resources:
    • ProQuest
    • ProQuest contains multiple databases of over 5,000 publications across a wide spectrum of subjects.
    • Full text is available through the Full Text link or the Get It button.
    • CQ Researcher
    • CQ Researcher is a collection of reports covering controversial political and social issues.
    • CQ Researcher is a great way to get an overview of a topic.
      • Background information, timeline, current situation, and future outlook are included for each topic.
      • Pro/con feature sums up opposite views.
      • Annotated bibliography gives additional resources in books, journals, newspapers, and scholarly reports.
      • CiteNow button makes using reports as sources quick and easy.
    • Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
    • Similar to CQ Researcher, Opposing Viewpoints also covers controversial topics.
    • Opposing Viewpoints has specialized “Viewpoint Essays” that sum up a particular argument.
    • Opposing Viewpoints also provides journal, reference, newspaper, and internet resources for topics.
      • Full Text and How to Cite links available.
      • Each article features audio and MP3 download links.
      • Lengthy bibliographies contain many additional sources.
    • NewsBank
    • NewsBank is a searchable database of local, state and regional newspapers from across the United States.
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    • Gale Virtual Reference Library contains specialized encyclopedias in a wide variety of subjects.
    • Research Guides
    • Research Guides are lists of resources for specific subjects.
      • Each guide offers
      • Databases
      • Books
      • Reference
      • Sources
      • Web Sites
      • Search Strategies
      • To provide a starting point for research.
    • The CAT
    • The CAT is the University Libraries’ online catalog, with access to
      • Books
      • Journals and magazines
      • Electronic resources
      • CDs and DVDs
      • Theses and dissertations
      • Maps
      • Music scores
    • Guides to using The CAT are available through the University Libraries. Click on the tutorials link from the library homepage.
    • The tutorial is available in both Flash and PDF versions, and printed versions are available at the front desk of the library here on campus.
    • Citation and Writing Guides
    • Citation and Writing Guides
      • Here you’ll find
        • Style guides for MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles.
        • Style guides for specific disciplines, such as ACS, AIP, and AMA.
        • Citation managers like Refworks, EndNote, and Zotero.
        • Resources for preventing plagiarism.
        • Writing guides for help with grammar and punctuation.
    • More help …
    • Help from University librarians
      • Contact a subject specialist librarian
      • Phone a librarian
      • Email a librarian
      • IM a librarian
      • View the FAQs for assistance with course reserves, holds, database searching, and more.