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Get one-on-one consultation with a Librarian, attend a short session from the "Savvy Researcher Series," check out a library tutorial, or jump-start your research with a LibGuide. Clarion University Libraries ... your gateway to a world of learning!

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Citing Your Sources

Discover MLA, APA, Turabian/Chicago Style Guides!

Glossary of Library Terms

Learn to speak "Library!"

LibAnswers

The answer you seek may be available already. Browse popular questions, search for information, find answers to all types of questions about the Clarion University Libraries. If you have a "new" question...just ask our Librarians!

LIBGUIDES

Based on specific topics, LibGuides are like "spark plugs" that point you to great resources!

Library Tutorials

 Short guides to using your Library.

Research Consultation Service

Individual research assistance for Clarion University students, faculty, and staff is 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. Check the Libraries' schedule for updates!

 Savvy Researcher Series

Presented by Librarians, the Savvy Researcher Series of workshops consists of 30-minute workshops offered in an eight-week series. Each is designed to help improve information research skills. All are held in the Carlson Library Instruction Lab (Room 201).

  • Avoiding Plagiarism

Professors warn against it. News stories report the consequences of it. You definitely want to avoid it. What - exactly - is it? Attend this workshop and learn more about plagiarism, as well as tips to stay away from it!

  • Citing sources

Citing sources in a research paper can be confusing. This workshop helps to sort out the different styles, and assists in selecting the right one for the course.

  • Evaluating Websites: Trash or Treasure?

A Website might have a lot of information on a topic, but is it good information? Attend this workshop to learn criteria to critically evaluate Websites, and determine if they are credible sources for research papers. 

  • Get Grade A Information

Discover where to get quality information for your class assignments.  Learn the basics of the University Libraries, Libraries' Website, and databases.

  • Google Like a Librarian

Learn some advanced searching tips to help you narrow down and focus your results when using the Google search engine.

  • How to Read a Scholarly Article

Understand the parts of a scholarly, peer-reviewed article. Get the most out of reading an article.  Before leaving the session, the Librarian will help locate a journal in your major - or area of interest - so that you can continue practicing your newly acquired skills.

  • Locating Sources Not In Your Library Collection & ILLiad

You've done the research, but Clarion Libraries don't have the book or journal article that you need. This workshop teaches how to search for, and find, books and articles from all over the world. Learn how to get resources sent to you in days. Don't be limited to using just the items held at your local library.

  • 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) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences.  Learn the basic elements that are necessary to create your "Works Cited" page, or "References" page, for your research paper.

  • 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 offers tips on researching in this database.

  • Searching The Internet

The sheer number of Google search results can be overwhelming. Learn how to get more focused, accurate results. This session suggests strategies, tips, and specialized search engines to help you focus your results and locate higher quality information on the web.

  • Understanding Key Words and Using them in Academic Database Searching

Academic Journals. Repositories. Archives. Scientific articles. Academic databases that link to these cannot be searched like Google. This workshop educates attendees on effectively searching these resources. 

  • Using WorldCat

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

  • 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.

Writing Help!

Whether you're an Honors student whose final project just won't come together, a biology major who can't get the hang of lab reports, or a first-year student, trying to figure out what your ENG 111 prof "wants you to say," the Writing Center will help you. We are writers ourselves--writers helping writers--who will work with you on any text at any stage of composing.

 

Last Updated 10/21/16