Resources Around the University

By: Katie Kershman

CSU can be overwhelming with all the opportunities available. I thought it would be helpful to go through some of the most useful resources I have found around campus.

Library –

I’m sure we are all familiar with the library on campus. But one thing I have found to be very useful is more than just the ability to borrow books. Here are some resources you might not know the library provides:

Searching Tools

  • Business Source Premier –  articles and report
  • There are several other search engines that can help you find information for presentations, papers, etc. Look around on the website and see what you find to be the most helpful.

Electronic Reserve

  • Textbook on reserve –professors will put a copy of the textbook on reserve. If you’re not willing to buy the textbook, this is a great way to save money and still have the book.
  • Professors put additional resources for students on. This material can be helpful and interesting..

Study Areas

  • Study areas, group study areas, quiet areas, and presentation areas – the COB study areas can get overcrowded. If you need another area to study or meet with all of the seemingly endless group projects, this is a good place to check out.

Style Guides

  • Bibliographies, MLA, APA, Endnote and Elements of style – if Composition 100 was a long time ago for you, like it was for me, this is a great resource to make sure you don’t lose points on such a silly thing.

Writing Studio –

Instructional Writing Resources

  • Writing guides, resource links, and activities – These are interactive ways to practice building your communication skills. Don’t be afraid to practice outside of the classroom.

Writing Center –

The Writing Center is provided by the English department and has several locations on campus. It is a great place to get an opinion on a current paper or project. They can edit your work for grammar, structure, and clarity.

  • Face-to-face consultations
  • Online consultations
  • Tutorials
  • Course collaborations

Career Services –

The COB is very good about advertising the resources career services provides. Still, when I checked out their website I was surprised by all they actually offer. Check it out and see what you may have been missing.

  • Resume building
  • Mock interviews
  • Career guidance (CareerRam and CareerShift)
  • Internship opportunities
  • Job offer evaluations
  • Advice on graduate schools
  • Networking opportunities
  • Cover letter assistance
  • Video tutorials

Student Employment Services –

Many undergraduates need a part time job. In the difficult economy it’s hard enough to find a job let alone something that is willing to work around our crazy college schedule. On campus jobs are a great opportunity if you can find them. The Student Employment Services website helps you find these opportunities so the task is less daunting.

  • Job openings
  • Career recruitment employers

Events –

There is always so much going on around the university if you know how to find out about them. The events website is a calendar that compiles most of these events and gives you links to find out more. It is a great way to get involved with campus life and find areas that interest you.

These are just a few of the resources that I have found the most helpful. But like I said before, there are TONS of resources. Comment below and share other resources you guys have found to be helpful!


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