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Accessible collections

Penn Libraries' works with the Office of Student Disabilities Services to provide accessibility services that include

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Borrowing books and articles from other libraries

NOTE: Please see our Virtual Support and Covid 19 update pages for the most up-to-date information about these services.

  • Interlibrary loan: If what you are looking for isn't available through the Penn Libraries, you can request books, articles…
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Butler Assistive Technology Room

The Butler Assistive Technology Room is located on the ground floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center (VP-DLC), near the Library's accessible entrance. The room is available 24 hours a day and can be reserved online. The space is accessible and software includes Text-to-speech and Speech-to-text software.

More about the Butler Room | Request to reserve the Butler Room…

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Canvas & ed tech

Courseware Support provides training, help, and instructional design for all who use Canvas, Penn’s centrally-provided learning management system, and related instructional technologies. Our team collaborates with colleagues across schools and centers at Penn.

Additionally, Courseware Support manages the administration of Canvas and works closely with Instructure, its parent company, to ensure a high-quality user experience.

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Course Materials

The Penn Libraries' Course Reserves service allows for specific works in multiple media, print and  digital, to be made available for class use. Reserve requests may include both required and recommended course materials.

Physical reserves: Instructors can request that specific books, films, or sound recordings be…

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Course-related Library Instruction

Penn Librarians offer a variety of course-related instructional services. Working with faculty and teaching instructors, librarians can design in-person or online sessions tailored to the needs of a class.   Content may include demonstrating important resources like the library catalog, navigating appropriate disciplinary resources, developing effective search strategies, evaluating sources, and managing and citing references.  If class time is at a minimum,…

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Create or use copyrighted works

If you are writing a term paper or publishing a scholarly book, you may be including images, text, and facsimiles from the published (or unpublished) work of others.

If you are depositing your dissertation, or signing a publisher's contract, you might have questions about your rights under copyright as the author. 

If you've published an article or book but you want to share your article or a chapter or two of your book, is there a way to do this? 

We can help you…

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Custom training

We schedule public workshops, small-group training, in-class consultations, and one-on-one consultations by request for members of the Penn community.  We have expertise on a range of methods including:

  • 3D modeling
  • Audio production and editing (GarageBand, Audacity, etc.)
  • Citation management (Zotero, Mendeley, etc.)
  • Data management
  • GIS & Mapping (ArcGIS, StoryMaps, QGIS, etc.)
  • Graphic design
  • Poster design
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Data cleaning

Get help taking data you collected or retrieved and reformatting it into the format you need for analysis or storage. Data cleaning often includes processes such as making tables longer or wider, transforming data, and/or imputing missing values.

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