Course Resources

Students in need of research assistance
Holly Wilson  (Research & Instruction Librarian)

Birger Hjorland’s Lifeboats
Lifeboat for Knowledge Organization
Epistemological Lifeboat

Bibliographic Utilities

OCLC Connexion
User ID: 100-049-311
Password: [see syllabus]

Resources for RDA

RDA Toolkit (use in place of Cataloger’s Desktop)
username: Pratt-RDA
password: [see syllabus]

RDA Toolkit News, Blog, and Presentations

Resources for MARC, ISBD, AACR2

MARC Bibliographic Data:

Understanding MARC Bibliographic

OCLC MARC tutorial–click on the “view the tutorial” link in the middle of the page.

Resources for Authority Files, Subject Headings, and Genres

Browse LCSH

Browse UDC

LC Authorities

Worldcat Identities Beta

WorldCat Genres

Fiction Finder


Classification Web

Resources for DDC

Access through Connexion –>Related Links: Dewey Only Session
(see OCLC Connexion for Login Information)

Mapping DDC to LCC and viceversa 

Using OCLC WebDewey: An OCLC Tutorial


Resources for Thesauri

ASIS&T Thesaurus
(Be sure to click “Accept” or “Okay” on any messages you receive)

Taxonomy Warehouse

Controlling your Language: a Directory of Metadata Vocabularies

Final Project Resources

Writing  Resources
APA-Style Helper
: American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).Washington, DC.

Website:  American Pyschological Association (APA) Style

Online Tutorial: The Basics of APA Style Online Tutorial

Online Guidelines and Tips
Purdue Online Writing Lab

Center for Writing Studies, University of Illinois

In-text Citations – Quick Tips

  • Follow author-date method (APA3.94):
    • In a recent study of reaction times (Walker, 2000) . . .
    • Walker (2000) compared reaction times . . .
  • When a work has two authors, always include both names every time the citation occurs in the text (APA 3.95).
  • For three or more authors, cite all authors in the first instance and subsequently use et al. (not italicized and with a period after “al”).
  • Cite personal communications such as interviews in text only; because they do not provide recoverable data, do not include References (APA3.102):
    • (T.K. Lutes, personal communication, April 18, 2001).
  • When a work has no author, cite in text the first few words contained in the References (usually the title) and the year. Use double quotation marks around the title of an article or chapter, and italicize the title of a periodical, book, brochure, or report (APA3.97):
    • The study on free care (“Study finds,” 1982) . . .
    • The book College-Bound Seniors (1979) . . .

Style Template: Written Assignment Style Template
[download Word Document]

Presentation Resources

Reynolds, G. (2008). Presentation zen: simple ideas on presentation design and delivery. Voices that matter. Berkeley, CA: New Riders Pub. [On reserve at PMC library]

Presentation Tips by Garr Reynolds

Final Project Poster Guidelines

Following is some information that will be useful to you as you develop your poster.

Graphical elements should be emphasized when appropriate and possible.  Graphs, charts, tables, photographs, and illustrations are particularly appropriate for a poster presentation.

  • Lettering should be simple, bold, and easily legible from a distance of 4 feet.  Use no more than two or three fonts, and keep font sizes between 16 and 48 points.
  • Poster content should be divided into appropriate sections, such as:  title, author(s) and affiliation(s), abstract, methods, results or data, and conclusion or summary.  Headings above each poster section should indicate its contents and identify the appropriate sequence in which to view the poster.  If necessary, use clearly visible numbers, letters, or arrows to assist the viewer.
  • Written material should be concise.  Save nonessential but helpful or interesting secondary points for discussion with your viewers, or create and distribute an information sheet that expands on your topic.
  • Printed conclusions should permit viewers to focus on a concise statement of your central findings and should spark informal discussion (if applicable).
  • Poster size limit is 32″x40″

Remember: The poster is not a research poster, so you don’t need to focus on methods & results, but you should instead include the key points of the topic you address as well as open issues and research questions if applicable. If you feel it is appropriate, you may add a few references at the end of the poster.

Creating an Effective Poster [download PDF]

Poster Template 1 [download]
Poster Template 2 [download]
Poster Template 3 [download]

by Hugh McLeod

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