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Basic Library Resources at Penn State


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Basic Library Resources at Penn State

  1. 1. BASIC RESOURCES in the Penn State University Libraries Penn State Shenango April 2009
  2. 2. The Library Blog
  3. 3. <ul><li>Weekly updates featuring tutorials and library news </li></ul><ul><li>Access to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>University Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webmail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Penn State Shenango homepage </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. University Libraries Website
  5. 5. <ul><li>Access to all the resources of the Penn State University Libraries </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The CAT (library catalog) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronic databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Guides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutorials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Course Reserves </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Try These First
  7. 7. Try These First offers access to all these resources:
  8. 8. ProQuest
  9. 9. ProQuest contains multiple databases of over 5,000 publications across a wide spectrum of subjects.
  10. 10. Full text is available through the Full Text link or the Get It button.
  11. 11. CQ Researcher
  12. 12. CQ Researcher is a collection of reports covering controversial political and social issues.
  13. 13. CQ Researcher is a great way to get an overview of a topic. <ul><li>Background information, timeline, current situation, and future outlook are included for each topic. </li></ul><ul><li>Pro/con feature sums up opposite views. </li></ul><ul><li>Annotated bibliography gives additional resources in books, journals, newspapers, and scholarly reports. </li></ul><ul><li>CiteNow button makes using reports as sources quick and easy. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center
  15. 15. Similar to CQ Researcher, Opposing Viewpoints also covers controversial topics.
  16. 16. Opposing Viewpoints has specialized “Viewpoint Essays” that sum up a particular argument.
  17. 17. Opposing Viewpoints also provides journal, reference, newspaper, and internet resources for topics. <ul><li>Full Text and How to Cite links available. </li></ul><ul><li>Each article features audio and MP3 download links. </li></ul><ul><li>Lengthy bibliographies contain many additional sources. </li></ul>
  18. 18. NewsBank
  19. 19. NewsBank is a searchable database of local, state and regional newspapers from across the United States.
  20. 20. Gale Virtual Reference Library
  21. 21. Gale Virtual Reference Library contains specialized encyclopedias in a wide variety of subjects.
  22. 22. Research Guides
  23. 23. Research Guides are lists of resources for specific subjects. <ul><li>Each guide offers </li></ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Sources </li></ul><ul><li>Web Sites </li></ul><ul><li>Search Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>To provide a starting point for research. </li></ul>
  24. 24. The CAT
  25. 25. The CAT is the University Libraries’ online catalog, with access to <ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Journals and magazines </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic resources </li></ul><ul><li>CDs and DVDs </li></ul><ul><li>Theses and dissertations </li></ul><ul><li>Maps </li></ul><ul><li>Music scores </li></ul>
  26. 26. Guides to using The CAT are available through the University Libraries. Click on the tutorials link from the library homepage.
  27. 27. 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.
  28. 28. Citation and Writing Guides
  29. 29. Citation and Writing Guides <ul><li>Here you’ll find </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Style guides for MLA, APA, Chicago, and CSE styles. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Style guides for specific disciplines, such as ACS, AIP, and AMA. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Citation managers like Refworks, EndNote, and Zotero. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resources for preventing plagiarism. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing guides for help with grammar and punctuation. </li></ul></ul>
  30. 30. More help …
  31. 31. Help from University librarians <ul><li>Contact a subject specialist librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Phone a librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Email a librarian </li></ul><ul><li>IM a librarian </li></ul><ul><li>View the FAQs for assistance with course reserves, holds, database searching, and more. </li></ul>