Category Archives: Research

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.