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.
Do you REALLY have something better to do this weekend?
I didn’t think so. Now, get thee to the library…
I didn’t think so. Now, get thee to the library…
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.
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.
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?
Here are a couple of tricks and tips for using EasyBib effectively.
Think you can’t use the library just because you’re not a Summerdale student? Think again!
Our goal is to provide complete service to ALL Central Penn College students, staff, and faculty. That’s one of the reasons we provide access to online databases like Films on Demand, Ebrary, and EBSCO, which you can use any time, anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection.
We’ve recently made a series of online tutorials available to help you understand exactly which resources and services are available to you, and how you can use them. Check them out, and let us know what we can do for you!
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.
Faculty, how are you ever going to make it through the holidays AND “faculty development week” AND be ready for the upcoming term? Sure, it’s going to be tough, but you’ll come through. You always do!
Still, maybe we can help lighten the load.
How can the library help, you ask?
You can always take advantage of one of the tools we already make available.
For instance, there are subject guides available for students in all major areas of study. They are intended to “guide” your students through the research process in a particular subject area. Each guide offers the following:
We have written guides on using our online resources, like EBSCO and Opposing Viewpoints. These guides explain what is contained within each resource, how to search the resource most effectively, and how to manage results.
There’s more! We have video tutorials on Ebrary, on effective searching, and on using Google Scholar to find scholarly information.
MLA and Plagiarism
We even have a guide on MLA citation. The guide points students to the Purdue University OWL MLA Citation tutorial for further assistance.
For students who worry about plagiarism, we’ve created a “Citation Decision Tree” (see below) that helps them determine when to cite and when citing is unnecessary.
That’s great, but…
OK, so you’re not finding what you need among our existing resources. That’s OK. We’re librarians. We like a good challenge. Just tell us what you need!
How about an article or a chapter in an electronic book that you want to include in your course as supplemental reading? We can find these for you. Ebrary, our online electronic book database, will even allow you to include a hyperlink in your Blackboard course that takes students directly to the chapter in the book that you want them to read.
Or maybe you’re looking for a digital learning object, like an interactive tutorial that will help students grasp a new concept or practice what they’ve learned? If someone “out there” has created it, and it’s available on the Web, we’ll sniff it out for you.
Can we create a completely customized subject guide for your class? This could be especially useful for a big research assignment. Our Legal Seminar guide, which we developed to help students in LGS 285, is an example of the kind of guide we’d be happy to create for your class.
Not seeing what you need here? There’s a good chance we can help if you ask us! So stop banging your head against your desk in frustration as you try to get a million things done before January 9th! Just give us a call and see if we can help!