Category Archives: Services

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…

 

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!

Library Resources for Everyone!

Think you can’t use the library just because you’re not a Summerdale student? Think again!

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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!

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.

Hey, Faculty…The Library’s Got Your Back

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.

Subject Guides

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:

  • Call number sections pertinent to the subject
  • A 30-second video on how to find course reserves in the online catalog
  • Ideas for keyword and subject searches for the library catalog
  • A list of our best reference books related to the subject
  • Information about proprietary databases and what they provide for the researcher
  • A list of librarian-vetted websites, including professional associations (we try to highlight student membership opportunities, especially if they are available for free or at a discount)
  • Field-relevant Twitter and RSS Feeds

Tutorials

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!