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Need a reason to stay this weekend?

One word: Library.Campus Shots 040

You asked for Saturday hours, and we’re delivering. But if you don’t show up, we won’t have a reason to show up next term.

 

Come fill these cCampus Shots 029omfy chairs. They’ll be waiting for you between 1pm and 5pm on the following Saturdays:
November 16th
November 23rd
December 7th
December 14th

 

Do you REALLY have something better to do this weekend?
I didn’t think so. Now, get thee to the library…

 

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!

New Term, New Tools for Research Success!

Welcome, new students! Welcome back, returning students! We’re pretty excited about the new year, the new term, and some new tools we have to help you with your research!

Next time you’re on the library’s Online Resources page, you might notice a few changes. First, our instant messaging widget has changed. You can still access us there during library hours from 8AM-11PM Monday through Thursday, and from 8AM to 6PM on Friday, but now when you do, “Let us know” how we did by clicking the link and taking our survey. This is a great way to tell us how we can make our IM service better.

If you’ve ever tried our IM service when we’re offline, you probably know that clicking the widget only allowed you to send us an email. Now when you click our offline IM widget, you’ll be directed to our FAQ page. If you can’t find the answer to your question there, you can still send us an email by clicking the Email Us link on the FAQ page.

Library FAQ

Last, but definitely not least, we’ve added a new online resource.
CREDO Reference can make research a lot easier!

CREDO’s a great place to start your research with encyclopedia articles, dictionary definitions, and other background and general information on thousands of topics. It also finds articles in the library’s online databases, Gale, EBSCO, and Opposing Viewpoints, books and ebooks in the library catalog, and streaming video in Films on Demand. But it doesn’t stop there; CREDO links you directly to other library resources!

You can learn more about how to use CREDO in our brief online video tutorials.

Give CREDO a try.
Just type a search term, like DNA, into the search box below, and click the Search button.

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EasyBib…Make it Work for You

So you’ve finished writing your final paper, and the last thing you have to do is cite your sources in an MLA Works Cited page. Everyone says you should just use EasyBib. But how do you get it to correctly create your citations?

Citing sources can cause stress!

citation-induced stress

Here are a couple of tricks and tips for using EasyBib effectively.

  1. Choose the right source type. EasyBib can’t tell what kind of source you’re citing from the URL. For example, if you’re citing a blog entry, pick Blog/Podcast from the “All 59 options” tab. If you’re citing a press release, pick that source type. The information required for a citation depends on the kind of source. It’s not the same for everything.
  2. When citing a book, enter the ISBN from the back cover. If the ISBN isn’t on the back cover, look for it on the back of the title page that contains the copyright date. Using this standard number can help you make sure you cite the right edition of a book.
  3. When citing sources from EBSCO and Gale, skip EasyBib. EBSCO and Gale have their own citation generators that allow you to copy and paste a citation into your Works Cited page. They are very reliable, and since you will have to manually enter the information for an online database article into EasyBib anyway (the URL won’t help you at all in this case), using the citation generator is the easiest way to get it right.
  4. Fill in the blanks! EasyBib can’t always look in the correct fields to find the title, author name, or sponsor of a website. Since this information is required if it’s available, you are responsible for adding it to your citation. That bold red message at the top of your EasyBib page that says “Please confirm or modify the information below! We get our data from outside sources, so please double-check.” isn’t just there to make things pretty!
  5. Check the information! When incomplete and wrong information are entered into fields, it is your responsibility to complete and correct it. See above regarding the bold red message.
  6. Consult the Pocket Style Manual. This book, required for English classes and Freshman Seminar, is an invaluable resource that should be used when constructing your citations for ALL of your classes. Use it to make sure your citations are correct every time, and you’ll become more comfortable citing your sources.
  7. Consult a librarian. There’s one in the library from 8am-11pm Monday through Thursday, and from 8-6 on Friday. You can also email us, text us at 260-227-5733 (260-2ASK REF), or IM us using the widget on the Online Resources page.

    Feeling better!

    Feeling better!

Election Day is November 6th…Are YOU Ready?

Do you plan to vote for the first time in the November election? Have you voted in an earlier election, but not as a Pennsylvania resident? Do you plan to vote using an absentee ballot (will you be in Australia on Election Day)?

If you can answer “yes” to any of the above questions,
NOW is the time to act!

Here are a few important deadlines for the upcoming elections:
10/9/12 – deadline for registering to vote
10/30/12 – last day to apply for absentee ballot (but if you’ll be out of the country, don’t wait!)
11/2/12 – absentee ballot must be received by the County Board of Elections (Pennsylvania residents)
11/6/12 – Election Day!

Stop by the Voting Information table on the second floor of ATEC Tuesday through Friday this week for information on voting and to pick up a voter registration form.

If you have questions about the requirements for voter registration, you need to register, or you want to understand how voting will work, visit the College Student page of votesPA.

You can register to vote in person at a county registration office (in Carlisle for Cumberland County) or at PennDOT, or by filling out and mailing in the voter registration application. There is currently no option for registering online.

If you’ll be in Australia on Election Day and you plan to vote by absentee ballot, it’s crucial that you start the process NOW! Check out our Immersion Program subject guide for detailed information on the candidates and the voting process and on registering and applying for your absentee ballot using one form.

Know what forms of ID are acceptable, and have your ID with you when you go to the polls. If you don’t have a Pennsylvania driver’s license or state ID, you may be able to obtain a free photo ID from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation if you can provide the required documentation.

[highlight]Stay tuned…in the next few weeks you’ll learn how your Central Penn student ID will become an acceptable VOTER ID![/highlight]

Know where to vote!
[highlight]Shuttle service will be available to transport you to the polls on Election Day![/highlight]
EAST PENN SENIOR CENTER
98 S. ENOLA DR
ENOLA, PA  17025
Get Directions

In the meantime, learn more about the issues and the candidates, try out VoteEasy which may help you determine which candidates are most closely aligned with your values, and learn more about the election process at VoteSmart.org, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public through information.

Still need more information? Check out the library’s Election Day 2012 subject guide to find answers to all your questions!

Library Seeking User Feedback: We Want to Know What YOU Think!

We want to know what you really think!

The library recently finished creating a series of online tutorials that should be useful to students, faculty, and staff who want to know what Charles “T.” Jones Leadership Library services and resources are available and how to use them.

Want a sample? Here you go:

Last night we held a successful focus group session at the Summerdale campus, where we obtained some very helpful feedback. Tonight we’re holding a second focus group session at the Lancaster Center.

But these tutorials are for everyone, and we really want to hear what everyone thinks! Make your voice heard! Visit the online tutorials and use the feedback button in the banner at the top of the tutorial page to tell us what you think.

Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions: WWLD?

Now that you’re back from break, don’t forget about the resolutions you made at the New Year! What would librarians do to stay on top? Use the library, of course! Here’s a list of some common resolutions and how the library can help you succeed at them this year!

1. Eat Healthy Food

The goal to lose weight can be achieved by working on a healthy diet and committing to exercise, which are the top two resolutions on this list. Here are some books to give you a head-start on eating healthy:

The Dorm Room DietThe Dorm Room Diet by Daphne Oz

 

 

 

 

The VeganistVeganist by Kathy Freston

 

 

 

2. Fit in Fitness

Tracy Anderson's 30-Day Method  30-Day Method by Tracy Anderson

 

 

 

 

Bob Greene's Total Body MakeoverTotal Body Makeover by Bob Greene

 

 

 

 

3. Quit Smoking

You can do it! This year is the year that you quit and your friends and family can be relieved of the worries and the risks. Here’s a DVD suggestion for motivation:

Lighting UpLighting Up: Grusome Facts about Cigarette Smoking  [DVD]

 

 

 

4. Work on Personal Finance

Here are some resources that can help you sort out all your money situations:

Money Girl's Smart Moves to Grow RichMoney Girl’s Smart Moves to Grow Rich by Laura D. Adams

 

 

 

 

The 250 Personal Finance Questions for Your 20s & 30sThe 250 Personal Finance Questions for Your 20s & 30s by Debby Fowles

 

 

 

 

You can look at more resources on financial literacy and other college topics such as success and financial aid on the General Resources for Students library page.

5. Get Organized

Organizing Plain & Simple  Organizing Plain & Simple  by Donna Smallin

 

 

 

 

Organizing Hints & TipsOrganizing Hints & Tips by Cassandra Kent

 

 

 

 

6. Prepare for the Launch of your Career

Jobs that Matter  Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service  by Heather Krasna

 

 

 

 

 

Do What You AreDo What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron

 

 

7. Learn Something New

Want to try out yoga? Need a new game to play with friends? There are a variety of things you can try out in 2012, here are some suggestions from the library.

Yoga for Every Room in Your House  Yoga for Every Room in Your House by Jinjer Stanton

 

 

 

 

Apples to ApplesApples to Apples [Game]

 

 

 

Complete Digital Photography  Complete Digital Photography by Ben Long

 

 

 

 

8. Help Others

700 Places to Volunteer700 Places to Volunteer Before You Die by Nola Lee Kelsey

 

 

 

 

25 Ways to Win with People  25 Ways to Win with People: How to Make Others Feel Like a Million Bucks by John C. Maxwell and Les Parrott

 

 

 

 

9. Do Better Research

The library has created a few tutorials to help you do better research using ebrary, Hoover’s, and Google Scholar. Check them out on our Online Tutorials library page.

10. Read More

The library is the easiest and CHEAPEST way to succeed in reading more! :)

REMEMBER: All the resources listed in this article can be found at Charles “T.” Jones Leadership Library. Contact the library if you have any questions at library@centralpenn.edu