UNV 101 — Personal, Social and Intellectual Development
LIB SOUTH 2037J
- OPAC - Online Public Access Catalog
- Periodical - anything published on a regular schedule (6x/year, 4x/year, monthly, weekly, etc.)
- Call Number - unique identifying letters and numbers on the spine of the book. Books with the same call number have the same subject.
- LCSH (Library of Congress Subject Headings) - list of terms libraries use to classify and categorize their books. See THESAURUS.
- Format - the "container" for the information: print, online, web, microfilm, paper, bound, microfiche, CD-ROM, and many others
- DATABASE: An organized collection of information, especially electronic information.
- ONLINE JOURNAL INDEX: A database that contains magazine, newspaper and journal articles e.g: Academic Search Premier
- 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
- MAGAZINE: Publication of general interest: popular interest and broad subjects (e.g: Psychology Today)
- 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, date, volume/issue, pages, and publication
- THESAURUS: The list of topic terms each database uses for its articles or records. Every thesaurus is unique to the database or discipline, including the library catalog, which uses the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). When you search by subject (SU) or descriptor (DE), you must use these approved terms. Also called Controlled Vocabulary.
- Combining keywords
- 1. AND: Adidas AND marketing
2. OR: Adidas OR Nike
3. NOT: Adidas NOT shoes
- 1. AND: Adidas AND marketing
- Phrase searching"" ( "Nike Sportswear of America")
- Advanced Search: Use this frequently to determine your search options. This will save you TIME and FRUSTRATION!
- USE THE HELP SCREENS
- Find index descriptors attached to useful article citations- redo your search with these "Official Database Topic Terms"
- Always use the E-Mail, Print and Save functions embedded within the database window. It is usually not a good idea to use the File-Print or File-Save As functions in the upper left hand corner of the browser.
- All databases function essentially the same way and have similar features.
Go to TOROFIND: the CSUDH Library Catalog and 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 the right item listed, or want more titles, try an on a few keywords (in separate boxes).
- If you still don't find the right book, ask a reference librarian.
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.
- Academic Search Premier*: Our most popular general index. Many full-text articles. Easy search and retrieval.
- ProQuest Databases*: Excellent multi-subject index, with many full-text articles. Very easy to search.
- WilsonWeb: OmniFile Full-Text Mega*: Another multi-subject index. Lots of full-text.
- Lexis-Nexis: 100% full-text newspapers, magazines and journal articles on a wide range of topics. Also try their Online Almanac (under Reference)
- Britannica Online: the online version of Encyclopedia Britannica. Search on your country.
- CQ Researcher: complete reports on controversial topics and federal legislation
- JSTOR: 100% peer-reviewed journal articles on a wide range of Humanities subjects.
- Project Muse: All-scholarly journal index containing Humanities and Social Sciences topics
Not sure how to search? Use our HowTo Find Articles help page for assistance.
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.
- Infomine (infomine.ucr.edu): A project from the Univeristy of California and other universities, it is a searchable index of websites specifically appropriate for university research. Click on SocSci & Humanities to search their specialized index.
- Librarian's Index to the Internet (www.lii.org): Index of websites reviewed by librarians, geared toward the general public. Choose a topic from the index or use Advanced Search to search for keywords.
- CSUDH Humanities Internet Guide (library.csudh.edu/cyberlib/human.htm): Resource guide for humanities sites on the Internet compiled by CSUDH librarians.
- Evaluating Information on the Web: This is a very good checklist from the Pasadena City College Library for judging the quality of not only information on the Internet, but any information you may want to use for an assignment.
For more detailed help, download our LIBRARY GUIDES (.doc format) :
- Finding journal articles using Academic Search Premier (advanced search/retrieval methods, Interlibrary Loan)
- Accessing databases from off campus
- What is a Literature Review?
- Searching Google (advanced Internet search methods)
- OR click here to download ALL FOUR GUIDES with BONUS MATERIAL! (10pgs.)