Monthly Archives: February 2013

APA Style Transition Coming in Spring ’13!

Official APA Manual

The official guide to APA style.

Have you heard that we’re transitioning away from MLA formatting and citation style to the use of APA style in the Spring ’13 term?  It’s true!

APA style, the preferred style for scholarship in business, criminal justice, information technology, and allied health, is more closely aligned with Central Penn’s program offerings, and will better prepare you for the challenges you may meet as you enter the workforce or pursue advanced studies.

In order to make the transition as smooth as possible, a number of resources will be available. These include the following:
• Subject guides addressing APA citation and formatting
• Instructions for creating an APA Template that you can use for every writing assignment (includes a sample paper so you can see what your paper should look like)
• A list of APA resources available online and in the library
Librarians will be available to assist you Monday through Thursday 8am-11pm, and on Fridays from 8am-6pm. You can stop in, call, email, text, or IM the librarians for help.

A Pocket Style Manual

This textbook, required for some Central Penn Courses, contains excellent guidance for using APA style.

You don’t need to be worried about the transition! While there are some differences between the two styles, it’s important to keep in mind that you are never expected to remember HOW to cite your sources. You only need to know WHERE to find help. Using a good guide to citation, like the ones listed at our APA resources link, will help you cite any source!

Should Books Ever Be Banned?

A high school teacher in Prosser, Washington wants two books that are available to kids in the middle school library to be removed from the shelves.

Image of book cover for A Child Called "It"

A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer

The books are Dave Pelzer’s A Child Called “It”, in which he recounts the horrendous abuse he sustained at the hands of his mother, and The Popularity Papers, a series intended for younger children that deals with social challenges, such as having two parents of the same sex.

Challenging books, calling for their removal from a library, tends to make them much more popular than they might have been without the negative hype. Most people want to find out just what’s so offensive that someone would call for the book’s removal. Would books like 50 Shades of Grey, for example, ever have been so wildly popular without all the controversy?

Our library carries A Child Called “It.” While some readers might find the book objectionable, our library staff strongly believes in the rights of readers to make their own decisions about what they wish to read. We are opposed to censorship, and we value intellectual freedom, the freedom to read, and to obtain information of all kinds.

What do YOU think? Have you read A Child Called “It” and would you recommend it? How about any of the books on our Banned Books board on Pinterest? Can you think of any reason a book should be made unavailable to ANYONE?

We’d love to hear what our students, alumni, staff, and faculty have to say about this!