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Reference Desk - Receive assistance on your information needs in person or use the Ask a Librarian link on the library webpage to contact Librarians via chat, email, phone, and text.

Course-integrated Information Literacy Instruction - University Librarians work with classroom faculty to reinforce information literacy skills that integrate with course assessments.  See right-side panel for more information.

Research Consultation Service - Individual research assistance for Clarion University students, faculty, and staff available by appointment only.  Contact Karen Sheesman for scheduling.

Roving Reference - Clarion Campus Librarians offer reference and information literacy instruction service to students at alternative locations on Clarion Campus such as Still Hall with dates, times, and locations varying each semester.

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LibGuides and Tutorials - Instructional guides on resources for specific courses, disciplines, databases, and library services are available through the "Library Help" page on the Libraries' web page.

Savvy Researcher Series - Short open workshops on researching tips and presentation topics geared to students.

Savvy Researcher Series: 

Join librarians this semester in Carlson Library for an 8-week series of 30-minute workshops that will help you improve your information research skills.  All are held in Room 201 Carlson Library.

How to Read a Scholarly Article ...Understand the parts of a scholarly, peer-reviewed article and learn tips on how to get the most out of reading the article.  Before you leave the session, the librarian will assist you in locating a journal in your major - or area of interest - so that you can continue practicing the skills on your own.

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Google Like a Librarian ...Learn some advanced searching tips that you can yse to help you narrow down and focus your results when using the Google search engine.

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Get Grade A Information ...Come to Carlson Library and discover where to get quality information for your class assignments.  Learn the basics of the University Libraries, Libraries' website and databases.

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Avoiding Plagiarism ...Have your professors warned you not to plagiarize? Have you seen stories in the news about the consequences of plagiarism? You definitely want to avoid it, but what exactly is it? Attend this session to learn more about plagiarism and tips to avoid it.

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Understanding Key Words and Using them in Academic Database Searching ... Academic databases are useful in an academic setting for finding and accessing articles in academic journals or in repositories, archives, or other collections of scientific articles.  You can't search them like Google, so in this session you will get tips on searching effectively in these resources.

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Zotero ...Zotero is free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials. Notable features include web browser integration, online syncing, generation of in-text citations, footnotes and bibliographies, as well as integration with word processors such as Microsoft Word.  Come and get an introduction to this wonderful citation management tool.

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MLA and APA Basics ...MLA(Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities.  APA(American Psychological Association) is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences.  Learn the basic elements that are necessary for you to create your Works Cited page or References page for your research paper.

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Searching in JSTOR ...JSTOR is a digital library containing back issues of academic journals as well as books and primary sources and even some current issues of journals.  It provides full-text searches of more than a thousand journals but the search engine is not as user-friendly as some other databases.  This savvy researcher session will give you tips on researching in this database.

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Using WorldCat ...WorldCat is a global catalog of library collections. Savvy researchers need to know how to use this resources to get those hard-to-find items.

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Evaluating Websites: Trash or Treasure? ... Have you found a Website with information on your topic, but are not sure if you should use it as a source in your paper? How do you know if the information that you're finding is credible? Come to this session to learn about some criteria that you can use to critically evaluate Websites.

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Citing sources...Are you confused when it comes time to cite your sources in a research paper?  This workshop will help you to sort out the different styles and to select the one that is right for your course.

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Locating Sources Not In Your Library Collection & ILLiad...Have you done research and not found enough sources at Carlson Library? Have you searched for a book or journal article and found out that the Library does not have it? Can't find books in the library on your topic? If so, come to this session to learn how to search and find books all over the world. Learn how to get resources sent to you in days. Don't be limited to just using items held at your local library.

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RefWorks ... Do you need to write a research paper this semester? With funding from Technology Fees, the University Libraries offer RefWorks, an online research management and writing tool that makes it easier to gather, manage, cite, and share all types of information.

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Searching The Internet... Are you overwhelmed with the amount of information that you get when you do a Google search? Would you like to learn how to get more focused, accurate results? Come to this session to learn about some strategies, tips, and specialized search engines to help you focus your results and locate higher quality information on the web.

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Last Updated: August 2013

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