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Penn State University Libraries

International Students

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Welcome to the Penn State University Libraries! This page will help you get started using the Libraries' resources and services.

We're here to help! Please ask for assistance at any of our service desks. We’re happy to help you get started with a research project, find books and journal articles, and much more.

International Students Orientation

Upcoming Events for International Students

Library Resources and Services:

  • Research Skills Classes
    Find out more about the Libraries and improve your research skills in our free workshops on research basics, LionSearch, EndNote, Zotero and Mendeley.
  • Guided Tours
    Need some help navigating the Pattee and Paterno Library complex? Tours of the facility are offered four days a week whenever classes are in session.
  • Research consultation
    Request an individual appointment with a librarian to get help with a research project.
  • Group Study Rooms
    Reserve a study room in the library for a group project.
  • International newspapers
    Check out the Libraries’ collection of newspapers from around the world, in English and in other languages.
  • Library Borrowing Privileges
    Information about borrowing and returning materials, renewals, recalls, etc.

Guides and Tutorials

  • Finding articles
    Use this quick guide to find newspaper, magazine and journal articles in the Libraries' online collections.
  • Plagiarism tutorial
    Learn how to recognize plagiarism, and how to tell the difference between plagiarism and appropriate use of information in research papers.
  • Research Guide for ESL 15 classes
    Use this guide to find books, articles, and other resources for your research paper.

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