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Language of the Library

Abstract- summary of the article
Call Number- location of books and journals in the library
Research Databases- contain citations to books and journal articles
Citation- author, article title, journal title, volume, issue, year

Steps of the research process

1. Start with your topic
2. Get Organized!
3. Create search statements using the connectors And or Or

AND narrows a search.

Both variables must appear in same citation.
Terms have different meanings.
example: “sports AND domestic violence”

OR broadens a search.
Either term may appear in citation.
Terms have similar meanings.
example: “skateboarding OR skateboarders”

Scholarly vs. Popular Articles

Scholarly information is useful when you are doing college level research
Scholarly articles are reviewed by experts on a topic
Usually contain theories, or primary data from a study

Electronic Resources Page

Articles (Research Databases)
Locate Journals
Books (COAST)
Scholarly Websites (Research Guides)
Help with Research

Presidential Sources
TCPS Library links for President information
POTUS Presidents of the United States http://www.ipl.org/div/potus/

Biographical Sources

A & E's Biography http://www.biography.com/

Has biographical information on more than 20,000 people in all fields.
Biographical Dictionary http://www.s9.com/biography
Contains brief information on 24,000 people in all fields, from ancient times to the
Freeality http://www.freeality.com/biograph.htm
A search engine for finding online biographies.
Newspa pers (proquest) (library databases)
Mas Ultra (library databases)

Education sources for learning styles

ERIC (library database)
PsycInfo (library database)

Review the process for getting journal articles

Get citations from Research Database
If its not full text click on SFX or Get it @ CSULB
It will link you to the full text from another company or to the record in COAST to get
the print in the library
Sometimes there is no full text or COAST record so you would need to use interlibrary
services to get the article

Citing sources
Style Manuals Page

How to Get a Library Password

Go to Coast https://coast.library.csulb.edu/patroninfo
Type in your name, CSULB I.D. #, and a Password of your choice
Confirm Password by typing it twice more
If the screen just shows your name- it worked!
If you forgot your password call: 562 985-5512 and get it erased so you can create a new one!

Still need help with finding information?

Contact your Subject Specialist Librarian! www.csulb.edu/library/guide/biblio.html