End-of-Year Tech Checklist

With the end of the semester rapidly approaching, it’s time to hit the books, write your research papers, and (potentially) prepare for graduation. Thankfully, Penn State has plenty of resources to help you put pen to paper and finish up your final course work before break. Check out this list of online resources that can help you power through these final weeks.

Library Databases

Whether you need a few extra sources for your final paper or haven’t even chosen a topic yet, University Libraries has a wealth of resources to guide you through your research projects. Check out these guides and tutorials to help you navigate the databases and research tools at your disposal.

Free Software Downloads

If you’re a graduating senior, you only have a few weeks left to take advantage of free or discounted software downloads provided by Penn State. You can download a variety of software titles, including Microsoft Office 2016 and Symantec Antivirus, for free just by logging in with your Penn State Access Account.

“Writing Research Papers” Lynda.com Course

Looking for tips on writing your final research papers? The “Writing Research Papers” lynda.com course guides you through each stage of the writing process, including brainstorming topics, developing a thesis statement, and writing a conclusion. Check out the course and start learning new writing skills today!

“Study Skills Fundamentals” Lynda.com Course

If you need help preparing for your exams, the “Study Skills Fundamentals” course on lynda.com offers a variety of tips, including how to take better notes, retain more information, and boost your reading skills. With just a little bit of practice on smarter study habits, you’ll be ready to ace those finals in no time!

Tech Tutors

Have a final project that requires the use of an unfamiliar software like Adobe Photoshop, Prezi, or InDesign? Reach out to the Tech Tutors for all your software questions! You can drop by one of the group’s two locations at University Park—201 Pollock or study room W-122 in the Knowledge Commons in Pattee Library—or get help online.

IT Service Desk

If you’re having a last-minute tech problem with your devices, the IT Service Desk has you covered. Service desk staff members are here to help if you’re having connection issues with Penn State wireless, can’t access WebMail, or just need to reset your Access Account password. It’s easy to get in touch: email ITServiceDesk@psu.edu, call 814-865-4375, or visit a service desk at one of their many campus locations.