A collaboration between the Library and the Writing Center has created guidelines for students in writing research papers.
Research Papers 101 - The Video This video was recorded at the presentation on April 29th, 2008 in the LPC Library. It is 48 minutes long.
Citation Style Guides - Guide to M.L.A and A.P.A. citation styles with many sample citations for commonly used LPC resources. Links to printed templates for citation of the most common resources and NoodleBib, an online bibliography composer.
You Quote It! You Cite It! - Tutorial
Plagiarism Basics - Important Facts for LPC Students.
What Is Plagiarism? - Slide presentation, LPC Writing Center
Plagiarism Web Sites:
Avoiding Plagiarism / OWL - Online Writing Lab, Purdue University
How to Recognize Plagiarism - School of Education, Indiana University
Plagiarism : What it is and How to Recognize and Avoid it - Writing Tutorial Services, Indiana University
What Is Plagiarism? - Georgetown University Honor Council
Follow the links below to access a variety of LPC materials
in bibliographies and guides to subject Internet sites provided
by the library.
Administration of Justice
African American History Resources
Award-Winning Fiction - award-winners in contemporary literature, mystery fiction, and science fiction and fantasy
Career Information and Résumé Writing
Chemistry, Engineering, and Zoology Internet Resources
Comparative Countries & Cultures Research - Sociology
Cultural and Racial Minorities Resources Guide
Early Childhood Development
Economic Research Resources Guide
England: 18th Century - Social, Political, Military, Aesthetic, Literary History, 1750-1850 (Includes Jane Austen information)
English & Literature Resources Guide
Government, Law, Politics, Elections, & Civil Liberties Research Guide
Health Information Links
Japanese American Evacuation and Relocation (1942-1945) Materials
John Steinbeck's East of Eden - Library Study Guide
Lewis and Clark Library Research Guide
Library of Congress Classification System - LPC Library Short Guide
Literature of the American West- Library Research Guide
Local History Resources
Local History Print Resources in the Library: Newton Local History Collection - a bibliography of books on the history of the Tri-Valley area, Alameda County, California, and the West
Mental Depression - Library Research Guide
Mythology - Library Research Guide
Nickel and Dimed - Library Resources
Oral Interpretation - Finding Texts
Photography - Library Research Guide
Political Science- Library Research Guide
Politics, Government, Law, Elections, Civil Liberties
Popular Culture - Library Research Guide
Popular Music and Lyrics Resources
Scholarly Journals or Popular Magazines: What are the Differences? LPC Library Short Guide.
Spanish Language and Culture Materials
Study and Learning Skills Materials
Women in the Military - a research guide to the reference, check-out print and audiovisual materials, as well as the relevant research databases and Internet sources. Most of these materials have been donated to LPC Library by Mary Straight.
American Fiction in Translation: A Bibliography - Compiled
by João C. Barretto, Acquisitions Librarian and Coordinator
of Collection Development, City College of San Francisco and
LPC Adjunct Librarian
Literatura Chicana - A Bibliography of Creative and Critical Mexican American Writings through 1996, Compiled by João C. Barretto, Roberto G. Trujillo, and Andrés Rodríguez
County Library: Learning Express Library - "Practice
taking tests online with immediate scoring for ACT, SAT, GED
and other academic exams... You will need to register to create
a free account with Learning Express Library." You will
need an Alameda County Library card to use this test taking
database. Go to any Alameda County Library to get a card.
Assist- Statewide student transfer information for California
College Navigator - A free tool designed "to help students, parents, high school counselors, and others get information about approximately 7,000 postsecondary institutions in the US and other jurisdictions"
IIE Passport - information on programs and sponsoring organizations for students planning to study abroad, maintained by the Institute of International Education
OPE Campus Security Statistics Website - provides statistics on crimes at over 6000 colleges, covering the last three years (U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education)
students.gov - "student gateway to the U.S. government delivering government information and services across your campus & around the world"
CaliforniaColleges.edu - California College Explorer: California college exploration and guidance and counseling
California Community Colleges Online Application Center - information and access to California community colleges: college location, academic programs, services, entrance requirements, campus personnel email addresses and FAQ for information about financial aid, counseling, tuition and living costs, student life...
College Board Online - search through 3,200 colleges, request financial aid profile, get test dates, and apply to 375 colleges
Colleges in California - Undergraduates or Graduate - "... a resource for students and professionals looking for schools in the state of California. The website assembles a large network of California Colleges and Schools, including both academic and vocational schools, and both graduate and undergraduate programs"
CSUMentor - an online resource designed to help students and their families learn about the CSU system, select a CSU campus to attend, plan to finance higher education, and apply for admission. CSUMentor is free to use. The student will only pay the application fee charged directly by the CSU campus when an application for admission is submitted.
Guide to California Colleges and Universities - online guide to the University of California and California State University Systems, the California Community College System, residency requirements, independent colleges and universities, and private postsecondary and vocational education
National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES): Search for statistical and other information about schools, colleges, and libraries
University of California: It Starts Here - Browsing this site, you'll learn about entrance requirements and see how UC evaluates applications, includes undergraduate applications for all the UC campuses.
California Student Aid Commission - the Commission's mission is to make education behond high school financially accessible to all Californians
FAFSA on the Web - Online "Free
Application for Federal Student Aid"
FinAid: The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid - FinAid was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive annotated collection of information about student financial aid on the web.
Librarians' Internet Index: College and University Education - Annotated list of good websites
U.S. Department of Education Student Financial Assistance - "help for every stage of the financial aid process, whether you're in school or out of school"
Debate Central - debating strategies and techniques, critiques, evidence, structure, rhetoric, and argument; how to speak in public
Getting an A on an English Paper (Jack Lynch, Rutgers University) - tips to help you with the elements of a good paper: thesis, research, close reading, style and mechanics
How To Write A Research Paper - free resource from the Literature Resource Center discusses choosing a topic, crafting a thesis, identifying information sources, taking efficient notes, beginning and organizing paper, using parenthetical documentation, preparing a Works Cited page, and drafting and revising a research paper
Online Technical Writing: Online Textbook - "...an introduction to the kinds of writing skills you need in practically any technically oriented professional job" by David A. McMurrey
Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It - good student guide from Indiana University's Writing Tutorial Services
Magazines vs. Journals - What are the Differences? LPC Library Short Guide
Student Writing Models from Writers Inc: samples of personal essays, descriptive writing, news features, eyewitness accounts, interview reports, persuasive writing, creative writing, cause/effect, comparison, writing about literature, research wrting,etc. Other links to writing topics, judging sources (MLA & APA), research links, etc.
America's Career InfoNet - wages and employment trends, occupational requirements, state by state labor market conditions, millions of employer contacts nationwide, and extensive online career resource library
Bureau of Labor Statistics' Projections - supplements Occupational Outlook with articles concerning the projected future of particular occupations
California Occupational Guides - "A series of about 300 information sheets covering individual occupations or groups of related occupations. They provide statewide information about job duties, working conditions, employment outlook, wages, benefits, entrance requirements, and training."
CareerOneStop - "nation's publicly-funded resource for jobseekers and businesses... Explore alternative career paths, compare salary data for different occupations, learn which careers are hot, get resume writing tips and job interview strategies, and much more."
The #1 Internet job search service for college students and
recent grads, includes preparation, resumes, interviews, negotiations,
salaries, career information, etc.
College Majors and Career Information - Career Services in Partnership with You: Rutgers University Career Services, New Brunswick
Job Hunters Bible - designed as a supplement to the book, What Color Is Your Parachute; leads you to many other good career sites
JobStar Central - one of the best sites to research careers, employers; find salary information, guides to resume; and access job listings (Careerjournal.com has joined with JobStar to offer users access to their excellent collection of career and job search information)
Librarians' Internet Index: Business, Finance, & Jobs - wonderful list of reviewed and summarized sites
Occupational Outlook Handbook - begin researching careers here. Paper copy in LPC Reference at HF5381.A1.O362
Occupational Outlook Quarterly Online - OOQ Online provides practical information on jobs and careers and covers a wide variety of career and work-related topics such as new and emerging occupations, training opportunities, salary trends, and results of new studies from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Copy of magazines in LPC Periodicals section
Riley Guide - employment opportunities and job resources on the Internet
Studentjobs.gov - searchable database of federal government employment opportunities for high school and college students by employment type, summer employment or internship, geographic location, and salary
WetFeet "...profiles of companies, careers, industries, cities and vast library of career advice articles provide a unique perspective to help readers find the right career, the right industry, the right company, the right job for them."
Can't make it into the Library? Ask a reference question via e-mail. Please put "Reference Question" in the subject line of your email. Be sure to include your phone number or e-mail address, and one of the Reference Librarians will contact you with an answer.
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If you are a student at LPC and would like to submit a suggestion for a library purchase, you may come to the library and fill out a request form. Or you may print out the Request for Purchase and send it to us.
You are also welcome to make suggestions for purchase via e-mail. Please include the following information:
Author, Producer, Artist, or Composer
Title of Material
Other information as appropriate
Your name, phone number, or e-mail address
Mail suggestions to:
CLASS-Web - LPC Student Information: Grades, Records, Registration
LPC Bookstore - efollett.com
Finally, check all the LPC Library webpages to find other useful information.
Email a Librarian
Library Telephone: 925.424.1150
Library Fax: 925.606.7249
Page last modified: June 30, 2009