GED 501 — Seminar in Learning & Development
LIB SOUTH 2037K
Using the CSUDH Library in person---where is everything?
Finding Journal Articles
Finding a Specific Article
Finding Journal Articles on a Topic
Citing your Sources
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To find journal articles, us e one of the journal article databases.
To use CSUDH databases when you're off campus:
- You must be a current CSUDH student, faculty member or staff member.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader software (v. 7.0 or later) must be installed on your computer. Many articles are available only in .pdf (portable document format) format; you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to read and/or print them . Get the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader free at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep.html
- For detailed information on how to log in to CSUDH Electronic databases, click here .
- For an overview of how to use CSUDH databases to find journal articles, click here .
- To limit your results to peer reviewed articles, look for the words "scholarly" and/or "peer reviewed" and place a check in the box beside these words.
- Click on a link below to access the database of your choice or use our complete list of Journal Article Databases to see all available CSUDH databases .
When you already have a reference or citation to a specific journal article, find out if the Library subscribes to the journal you need by consulting the CSUDH Journals List ("Journals We Have"). The CSUDH Journals List helps you locate both online and print journal articles as well as older articles that may be available in the CSUDH Library in bound volumes or on microfilm.
For more detailed help finding a known article, visit the
Find a Specific Article tutorial.
When you don't already have a citation or reference to a specific journal article, find articles by using one of our journal article databases.
For a detailed review of how to use the databases to find journal articles, click here .
To limit your results to peer reviewed articles , look for the words "scholarly" and/or "peer reviewed" and place a check in the box beside these words before you begin searching.
- ERIC: Comprehensive database covering a wide range of education subjects; includes both journal articles and miscellaneous educational materials.
- Education Full Text: covers varying runs of almost 600 education publications.
- Academic Search Premier: Multi-disciplinary database with full text for more than 4,650 publications, many of which are peer-reviewed journals; often used as a starting point since it covers a wide range of subject areas.
- PsycINFO: citations and abstracts to scholarly journals in psychology and related disciplines; many references to education-related topics.
(locates correct descriptors/subject headings to use in search )
- Locate a Thesaurus button or link on the screen (sometimes this tool will be called "Subject Headings" or "Subject Index", depending on the database you are using.)
- Type a word or phrase for which you would like to identify a subject heading into the appropriate box .
- Sometimes you can click on the suggested search term to see a note that defines the term as it is used in the database, as well as a list of narrower , broader and related terms.
- Either copy down useful descriptors/subject headings or cut and paste them into the search screen where you are working.
- You can also find valid descriptors listed after the abstract in many ERIC search results (look after the word "Subjects").
- If you will be borrowing books from the CSUDH Library, take a close look at the regulations on the Circulation Policies page.
- Use the Library's ToroFind catalog to search for books by author, title or subject.
- In addition to finding materials available in the CSUDH Library, you will find links that allow you to directly request books from other libraries ("Search All CSU Libraries" and "Search WorldCat" buttons).
- You will also find eBooks from many publishers in the ToroFind catalog. These are fully searchable textbooks, general and reference books that let you copy and paste text or print entire pages. Watch for this eBook symbol:
If the CSUDH Library does NOT own a specific journal or book you need, fill out an appropriate online ILL form at http://library.csudh.edu/services/ILL/ and submit an electronic request. You will be notified by email when the item you need has been received.
A print or electronic copy of the requested item will be obtained from another library, but may take as long as 7 to 14 days to arrive.
Google is still an outstanding search engine, but unless you know exactly what you are doing, you may have trouble dealing with an overload of web pages on your topic.
- Use Google's Advanced Search page to do a more precise search.
- When using information from the web for projects and research papers, remember to evaluate the quality and reliability of the information. For evaluation criteria, try Five Criteria for Evaluating Web Pages (Cornell University Library) and Evaluating Information on the Web (Pasadena City College Library).
- Google Scholar lets you search some scholarly literature, including many peer reviewed articles, but you may not be able to freely access the full text of all articles. Be sure to follow the Find it at CSUDH links whenever they appear.
When writing a paper or completing a project for a class, you will usually be asked to provide a bibliography of all of the materials that you used.
Make written or electronic notes as you are doing research to keep track of sources of information you use.
Here is a table of what you will need for every source consulted:
|Author(s) or Editor(s)||Author(s)||Same information as for Articles, |
plus Web Site Address (URL) (unless it's a database article in PDF format--OK to cite as paper article)
|Title of Article|
Title of Journal / Magazine / Newspaper
|City of Publication
|Volume & Issue Number
|Name of Database|
Name of Database Publisher
|Page Numbers||Date of Access|
The Purdue OWL website will show you how to cite correctly the books, articles, and web resources in APA, MLA, and other formats (look in the course syllabus or check with each professor to find out which citation format to use for papers in that class).