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Capstone Guide

Online research guide for Associate and Bachelor degree Capstone students

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If you need help from the librarian or need to access the library resources outside of those hours let us know!

Call or text 717-728-2500 or email to make an appointment.

Remember the Learning Hub is also open with lots of great faculty and staff willing to help with tutoring, advising, and general questions.

Full-Text Articles By Request

Did you know the library can get you access to articles that are not in full text in our databases?

Use the Book and Article Request Form to request the full text of journal articles, when you cannot find the full text elsewhere.  Don't miss a good article that could really help your research.

  • Request articles found in EBSCO, Gale, and other library databases
  • Request articles found using Google Scholar and/or mentioned/cited in other articles/books

Please provide as much information as possible about the article on the form.  You can provide an email address other than your school address if you prefer.

The process does take some time, but articles are usually provided within 2-3 business days.

You will receive an email either with instructions for how to access the article (a URL to visit and a password) or with a PDF of the article attached.

Here is an example of the Article section of the form, filled out with the needed information.  For "Source Title," please use the name of the journal (e.g. Perspectives in Clinical Research), and for "Where did you find the information..." please use the name of the database (e.g. Gale).

Statistical Resources

Annotated Bibliographies

Where do I begin?

For an annotated bibliography, your task is to collect sources and critically evaluate them. You don't have to decide right away if you will definitely use the source or not. If you think a source may be useful, then include it in your annotated bibliography.

One EASY way you can collect and organize your sources is to use a citation manager (see the section below). You can organize your sources into groups, easily access the source if it's a web source, or upload a file to attach to your source's citation.

If you want to examine a plethora of sources, a great place to look is in the literature review section of a published research study, dissertation, or thesis.

  • Make note of any studies/articles that are cited in multiple articles, dissertations, or theses. The more citations an article has, the more it has been accepted into the field.
  • Also make note of any authors who have multiple works cited. This author could be at the forefront of research in that field. See if you can access their work - and contact the library if you need assistance in locating any articles.

How do I create my annotated bibliography?

See the instructions in your Blackboard course for your annotated bibliography assignment guidelines, and ask your instructor if you need any clarification.

Citation Managers

What is a citation manager and why should I use one?

A citation manager is a tool that collects and organizes your research. You can create bibliographies using your citation manager. Many of them are web-based and free.

You should use a citation manager to keep track of your research, upload articles, attach weblinks, and have them collected in one location that's easy to access. You can also generate a list of references for sources in your citation manager.

What URL should I use for a source I found in a library database?


Click the link icon in the upper right corner of the menu bar

Ebook Central

Click the "Share Link to Book" button in the menu on the left

Gale OR

Opposing Viewpoints

Click the Bookmark icon in the upper right corner of the menu bar


Click the Permalink button in the Tools menu on the right

What citation manager should I use?

EndNote Web - create a free web account. Sort your references into groups to create separate bibliographies. Install the Capture Reference tool (under "Options") to capture the citation information for the webpage your browser has loaded.

Mendeley - create a free account. Sort your references into folders to create separate bibliographies. Take notes for each of your references. Share your references with other Mendeley users.

If you need help setting up an account or learning to use EndNote or Mendeley, contact a librarian.


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