April 25, 1996 Vol. 25 No. 31

By Doug Stanfield
technology editor

See the USA

Spring has been a long time coming, but it's finally time to dust off the bulky road atlas and plan a trip or two, right?

Well, maybe not.

Carolyn Dudas, a student at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, sent a note about a new service on the Web.

MapQuest is a free site that lets you find a business, address or city; zoom in on any location in the United States; set your own viewing preferences; add points of interest to your maps and save them for later use. It's offered by a company that has other things for sale, of course, but they don't seem to have skimped on MapQuest's features just because it's free. You'll need to give them your name and e-mail address to be able to customize and save maps, and to use some of the other features.

The network connection is slow from time to time, especially in the afternoons. But this one is worth a visit if you do much traveling.

The company's main Web site is URL: http://www.geosys.com/. The MapQuest URL is: http://www.mapquest.com/

The GURU knows

GURU is the name of a clever Web site at Penn State intended to be a one-stop source for official Penn State policies, procedures, form usage instructions and other business information and tools.

The Office of Systems and Procedures, which manages this site, has recently added a decision tool function to GURU (the General University Reference Utility) which takes the user through a series of questions and answers to lead to a correct decision based upon the responses the user provides. So far, there are two tools available under GURU, with many more planned. To access the decision tool, click on the toolbox icon.

URL: http://guru.sp.psu.edu/

More places to go

And finally, Pete Weiss sends this along for those needing information on how to cite Internet information resources:


APA Publication Manual crib sheet

Bibliographic formats for citing electronic information

Citing computer documents

Electronic sources: APA style of citation

Electronic sources: MLA style of citation

MLA-style citations of electronic resources
-- MLA Citation Guide
-- Web extension to APA style
-- Williams College Library Web

If you know of an unusual or particularly innovative use of the Web, please send the URL to dws9@psu.edu.

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