Blissell Library Faculty Services

Help With Your Research

We can help with your professional research as well as provide you with individualized instruction on using any of our databases, services and resources. Just e-mail or call 724-334-6072 and let us know what you need.


Interlibrary Loan

Penn State Libraries Interlibrary Loan.


Research Instruction for Your Students

We offer instruction sessions by faculty request to help your students do the research required for their assignments and take full advantage of the resources available to them as Penn State students. All classes are tailored according to the individual class needs, but examples of topics covered are as follows:

  • How to use LionSearch to find books and articles
  • How to find books in the CAT and how to order books from other campuses
  • How to find articles in Academic Search Complete (a general topic, full-text database)
  • How to use a discipline specific database (e.g. Social Science Abstracts, Biological Abstracts)
  • How to evaluate information found on the web
  • How to cite your sources

Instruction sessions are generally held in one of the computer labs on campus. This process works most effectively when the students have a specific assignment that they need to do research for, and the librarian has a copy of that assignment ahead of time. To schedule a session, please contact Jennifer Gilley at or (724) 334-6076.


Course Reserves

You can put material on reserve for your students, both physically in the library and electronically through Penn State University Library's electronic reserve system.  Contact Yesenia Figueroa at with your reserve requests.


Suggest Books/Movies/Music for the Collection

We need your help! No one knows better than you do what materials your students might need to support their coursework. Please let us know of any books or other materials you think the library should buy to support instruction in your field. We're also happy to buy materials that are of personal interest as well, within reason.


Plagiarism: A Resource Guide for Faculty

The Penn State Teaching and Learning with Technology website has lots of resources for learning about and dealing with plagiarism.


Join the Wall of Fame

Published something recently? Won an award? Got tenure or a promotion? Please let us know. We have a Faculty Publications Page on our website and an exhibit case in the main hallway where we display copies of recent articles or other materials published by our faculty, and celebrate other faculty achievements. It lets students and others know what we're up to.


Free Chronicle of Higher Education Access

All members of the Penn State University community have free access to the Chronicle of Higher Education. Just go to the Chronicle home page, click on Log In, and sign up for an account. You must use your Penn State email address in order for the account to be free. Once you have an account you will be able to access premium content from any computer, even off campus, by logging in.