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PUB 301 — Administrative Leadership & Behavior (Dulla - Spring 2009)

ATTENTION: This research guide was last modified on February 02, 2009, before the January 2012 redesign of the library's home page. Information on how to access journal articles, databases, and other library resources may be inaccurate or outdated.

For up-to-date instructions on accessing materials, please visit our tutorial pages instead.


Contact Information

Caroline Bordinaro


Getting Started

Search Tips


Finding Books at the CSUDH Library

Finding Journal & Newspaper Articles

Scholarly Websites

General Research and Writing Suggestions

Getting Started
  • Where to Start?
    • What's your research question?
    • What information do you need to find?
  • Who cares about the same information? (e.g.: the government, competitors, investors, etc.)
    • What kind of information do they need?
    • Where would they get it?
  • Types of information available
    • Company and industry publications, such as websites, annual reports, etc. (primary sources)
    • Articles from journals, magazines and newspapers (secondary sources)
    • Statistical, numeric and tabular data (primary or secondary)

  • Search Tips

    GLOSSARY -- Terms you need to know before searching for articles online

    • CONTROLLED VOCABULARY : Also called subject headings or descriptors. Official terms used to classify items in a database.
    • THESAURUS: List and finding aid for official controlled vocabulary terms. Also called Subject List.
    • ONLINE JOURNAL INDEX: A database that contains magazine, newspaper and journal articles e.g: PsycINFO.
    • JOURNAL (also SCHOLARLY JOURNAL): Scholarly publication, articles usually reviewed by experts in the field before publication; published for an academic audience; narrow focus; deeply researched e.g.; American Journal of Psychology
    • ABSTRACT: a brief summary of the main content of an article
    • FULL TEXT: the complete article. Click on the   button to see if the Full Text is available.
    • CITATION: the basic information you need to find the full text of an article. Includes article title, author, publication, date, volume/issue and pages.


    Combining Keywords

    1. AND: Adidas AND marketing
    2. OR: Adidas OR Nike
    3. NOT: Adidas NOT shoes

    • Phrase searching"" ( "Nike Sportswear of America")
    • Advanced Search: Use this frequently to determine your search options. This will save you TIME and FRUSTRATION!
    • If you can't find anything: don't freak out and go to Google! Ask a reference librarian for help


    What is plagiarism? - Plagiarism is "The action or practice of taking someone else's work, idea, etc., and passing it off as one's own; literary theft." (OED)

    In essence, when you quote or paraphrase from somebody else's work without citing it, you are plagiarizing their work. Plagiarism is a serious matter, and could result in a lower or failing grade and even in your expulsion from university. Just rewording your work isn't enough to avoid plagiarism. Since you are still borrowing information heavily from another writer, you still need to include a citation.

    But I didn't know! - Ignorance of the law is unfortunately no excuse. You can commit plagiarism without meaning to, and it's just as serious a problem if you do.

    How can I avoid it? - You can avoid plagiarism by always citing your sources. Whenever you put a quotation or borrow information heavily from a source, be sure you include a citation in the proper APA style. This will let your professor know you aren't trying to pass the idea off as your own. Taking detailed notes on where you get your information helps a lot with this, since it prevents you from forgetting which is your own work and which is borrowed from others.

    For more information, see your student handbook and this handout by Sheela Pawar at CSUDH

    Finding Books at the CSUDH Library

    ToroFind: CSUDH Online Catalog is used to find books and other materials available in the CSUDH Library. Search on the title, author, subject or keyword. Look not only for that specific call number, but also check out the books in that section.
    • If you don't see your topic listed or want more titles, try an on management and (in separate boxes).
    • The item you want may not be a book. It may be some other kind of document, or it may be on microfilm.
    • If you don't find what you need, ask a reference librarian.
  • Ebrary is a growing collection of electronic books on a variety of topics geared to academic libraries and college students. Use the link to access this database. Ebrary books available are listed in the ToroFind Catalog. If you are using this database for the first time, download the eBrary reader. Ebrary does require you to download and install their software before you can read books on their site. The computers in the library already have this software installed, but at home you will have to install it yourself before you can read any of the ebooks they have.

  • Finding Journal & Newspaper Articles

    Online indexes must be accessed through the CSUDH library homepage (library.csudh.edu). Select Journal Articles & Electronic Resources; You may either browse by subject area or go to your favorite resource using the Alphabetical List.

    Because this course covers many disciplines, you may choose from a wide variety of sources. The indexes below are grouped by major subject, but feel free to search any and all of them for information.

    NOTE: These are subscription online journal indexes, selected and provided specifically for CSUDH students. To access from home, please see our How to Log in to the Databases from Off-Campus guide for instructions.

    Business and Public Affairs

    • ABI/Inform Business Global*: Indexes international business articles in magazines, scholarly and trade journals, newsletters and reports.
    • Business Source Premier*: Key business database for finding scholarly articles on business-related topics.
    • PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service): Scholarly research on international business and economic policy.
    • Business Full-text*: Full range of full text articles on all aspects of business.
    • Factiva: Choose a free text search, or you may limit by region or subject.

    Social and Behavioral Sciences

    • SocINDEX*: Offers coverage from all subdisciplines of sociology, including criminology, cultural sociology, demography, economic development, ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, politics, social psychology, social structure, urban studies, welfare, and others.
    • Social Sciences Full Text*: Includes indexing and some full-text articles in sociology, political science, public administration, and other areas of the social sciences.
    • PsycINFO*: indexes psychology journal articles, book chapters, books and dissertations from over 2000 publications. 
    • JSTOR: full-text articles from academic journals in many subject areas, including business, social sciences and biological sciences. Note that this collection does not include the latest issues.


    • Lexis-Nexis: Select Business or Legal Information from left column, then choose what type of information you need.
    • Academic Search Premier*:  This multi-disciplinary database is often used as a starting point since it covers a wide range of subject areas.
    • ProQuest Databases*: Multi-disciplinary index covering a wide range of subjects.
    • WilsonWeb OmniFile Full-Text Mega*: Another multi-subject index. Many articles in full-text.

    *To limit search to peer-reviewed journals only, look for check box next to Peer-Reviewed, Scholarly Journals, or Academic Journals on database search screen (may be in Advanced Search)

    Scholarly Websites

    These are indexes to quality web sites that have been reviewed by librarians. The sites have been checked for accuracy, timiliness, stabilty, and will generally conform to the standards of academic research. However, please be judicious in the use of websites in general, because anybody can put anything on the web.

    General Research and Writing Suggestions

    Starting Out

    Don't leave it until the last minute - The earlier you start, the better your paper will be.  Starting early gives you plenty of time to read and absorb the information so that you'll be properly informed when writing your paper.

    Selecting a topic - When choosing a topic, make sure your search is not too broad or too narrow. Too broad of a search will give you far too many search results, which will make it hard to pick out useful articles. It will also mean that your paper will not be very effective and will be too vague. Too narrow a search will make it difficult to find relevant articles, and will mean that your paper will be too specific to be effective. Try to define your topic succinctly and make sure that you can find information about it before you start to write your paper.

    • Too Broad - Management
    • Too Narrow - Guatemalan women management style in smaller cities in the U.S.
    • Just Right -  Mangement style of immigrants

    Search in multiple places - The more places you look for information, the more information you're likely to find. Don't just search in one database and assume it's all you'll be able to find! Take a look at the list of journal databases earlier on in this page for where to start your search.

    Use multiple search terms - Remember, not every database or article uses exactly the same words to describe the same thing. Make sure you try several synonyms for the term you're trying to find. Most databases have a link titled "thesaurus" or "subject terms" which you can use to find out what words to search for.

    Writing the Paper - After you have all your research done, create a basic outline of what you want to accomplish in your paper. This will really help to make sure your paper flows from one subject to another. It can also help you see whether you need to do more research or whether you have enough material. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to write! Starting on the day before the paper isn't a good idea, as it can make your work rushed and not as effective.

    Almost Finished?

    Cite your Sources - Be sure to properly cite anything you quote from books or articles. Citing lets your professor know that you've done your research, and it also stops you from accidentally committing plagiarism. For more information on citations and plagiarism, read those sections of this guide below.

    Proofreading the Paper - Proofreading is an important step, and one that could mean the difference between an average grade and an excellent one. Check for spelling or grammar errors and make sure you are using the APA and AP styles correctly. Go back over the assignment description in your syllabus and make sure your paper has evreything in it that your professor wants. Proofreading is another reason to start early: It's hard to proofread effectively when you finish writing the paper 10 minutes before class starts!

    Ask for help - Don't be afraid to ask for help! Research can be an exhausting process, and sometimes a fresh perspective will make your task immensely easier. You can stop by the reference desk in the library and ask any of the reference librarians for help with your research. You can also http://library.csudh.edu/info/ask.shtml an online help request which a librarian will answer within a day or two.