Student Resources

Library Home Page 

  • Provides links to the online catalog, article databases, EBM resources, e-books, drug information, and online journal holdings
  • Many resources can be accessed from home

Library Catalog

  • Search for holdings at the SACN Library and other facilities throughout the OSF Healthcare System
  • Catalog contains listings for books, videos, e-books, journals, and other materials


APA Style Formatting  

APA Style Home Page

  • Official website on APA Style formatting by the American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Provides information on all aspects of APA Style
  • Contains a searchable blog with articles by experts in the field


  • Purdue University's Online Writing Lab
  • Widely recognized for thoroughness in explaining the correct use of APA
  • Provides examples and free style guides

Tutorial – How to Set Up an APA Style Paper 

  • Easy to follow YouTube tutorial
  • Visually presents the set up step-by-step
  • For MS Word 2007 or newer
  • Includes a downloadable Word template pre-set for APA Style 

Tutorial – APA Exposed: Everything you Always Wanted to Know about APA Format but Were Afraid to Ask

  • Created by the Harvard University Graduate School of Education
  • Narrated PowerPoint presentation
  • Divided into Modules I-IV
  • Modules may be viewed at different times
  • Entire tutorial takes about one hour to complete


General Writing Support 

DOI Resolver 

  • Enter the digital object identifier (doi) of your journal article and it will pull up the citation
  • Use Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) to find article citations
  • Located on the Official International DOI Foundation website 

MS Office Suite 2010 Tutorials 

  • Official Microsoft training website
  • Help with Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and other programs
  • See bottom left of web page for Office 2010 tutorials   

OWL - Writing as a Professional Nurse 

  • Subject specific section of OWL just for nurses
  • Includes page by page  

RefWorks Online Research Management 

  • Web-based research management, writing and collaboration tool
  • Import data, create citations, and generate bibliographies for research papers
  • Free accounts for all OSF-affiliated patrons


Website Evaluation 

Internet Detective 

  • Free tutorial on effectively searching the Internet
  • Includes information on critical evaluation of websites
  • Produced by the Institute for Learning and Research Technology at the University of Bristol and the LearnHigher Project at Manchester Metropolitan University 


  • Operated by Stephan Barrett, MD, an expert in medical communication
  • Guide to quackery, health fraud, and intelligent decisions
  • Topics ranging from questionable health products to bad medical advice to consumer protection
  • Examples of credible and non-credible websites