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SPA 302 — Lopez - Business Spanish

ATTENTION: This research guide was last modified on September 09, 2011, 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 Information on how to access journal articles, databases, and other library resources may be inaccurate or outdated.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.


Stewart Baker


Getting Started

Basic Library Information

Finding Journal Articles at CSUDH

Off-Campus Access

Books & Ebooks

Journal Articles & Newspapers


MLA Citation Style

Scholarly Internet Research

General Research Tips

Getting Started

Start your research by going to the library home page.

Site Organization:

  • Main - Here you will find the most-used links and information
  • Use the Library - Links to pages which will help you use the library
  • Help - Basic Library Information and Help pages
  • Services & Depts. - Services the library offers and departmental web pages

Checking out books: You can see what books are available in the Torofind Library Catalog. Once you have found the books you want, bring them to the Circulation Counter on the second floor of Library North to check them out.  You will need a valid student ID card or a notification from Admissions & Records to check out books.

Click here for a tutorial on how to use the Torofind online catalog.

Library's Book Borrowing Policies

If the library does not have a book you need, you can request it via Inter-Library Loan!

Basic Library Information

Finding Journal Articles at CSUDH

You can get journal articles by going to the library home page and clicking the Journal Articles & Electronic Resources link under the "Find Journal Articles Now" heading. Click the heading that sounds the most like your situation.

Once you are in a database, you can start to search for your article. All databases' search options are slightly different, but they usually include several search boxes you can fill out. Most databases will also let you search only for peer-reviewed or scholarly journals. For your research papers, you will want to make sure you check this option!

Articles which you can read in that database will have a link to the PDF full text or the HTML full text. Click on that text link to read the article. Some databases also let you e-mail yourself the files by clicking on an e-mail link.

Some articles will say "Check Availability of Complete Article" instead of having links to the full text. If you see this, it means the text of that article is not in the database you are searching. But don't worry! By clicking the link which says this, you can see a list of which databases do have the full text. If there are no databases containing the article you want, you can request it via Inter-Library Loan.

Off-Campus Access

If you are using a computer that is on campus, you can access all of our electronic databases and ebooks without any further steps. Just click on the database name in the Database List and you will be sent immediately to the search screen.

If you are off campus, you will need to log in using your MyCSUDH Username and Password (the same thing you use to log in to Blackboard, MyCSUDH, and student e-mail). When you click on a database name from off-campus, you will see a screen asking you for this information.

After you enter your login information, you should be able to access any of our electronic databases and ebooks just like you would on campus.  If you have problems, try resetting your password.  If that doesn't work either, give the reference desk a call at (310) 243-3586 and we will help you troubleshoot.

Books & Ebooks

There are plenty of books in the library which you will find useful for this class, including books on how to prepare for job interviews or resumes. You can search the library's online catalog to find books on any topic.  Try the following search as an example:

  • Go to the library's online catalog
  • In the drop-down menu to the left, select "Subject"
  • In the text area to the right, type in Latin America Business
  • For a list of other, more specific subjects, you can scroll through the list this search returns.  Click one, and you will see a list of books.
  • Once you have a list of books on the screen, you can sort your results with the drop-down menu at the right.
  • Select "Sort by year - newest to oldest" to see a list of books with the most recent books first.

Here are a few other useful subjects to search:

The library also has several collections of ebooks: books that have been scanned in and which you can access from home using the library website. The main collection of ebooks is called ebrary. You can find it by clicking the "Find Journal Articles Now" header on the main library page, then selecting "E" for ebrary.

You can search ebrary using the same subject terms as the regular catalog.

To add extra functionality to ebrary books, you can create an ebrary username and password after logging into the database with your MyCSUDH information. 

Creating an ebrary account will allow you to save books to a virtual bookshelf and highlight passages you want to remember.

Journal Articles & Newspapers
(Although most of the articles in our databases are in English, some are in Spanish.  You can try searching in Spanish to locate more relevant materials.) 

Scholarly Articles

Academic Search Premier
This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 8,500 journals, including full text for more than 4,600 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.

Business Source Premier
Business Source Premier, designed specifically for business schools and libraries, provides more than 3,000 full text scholarly publications, including nearly 1,000 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, this database provides indexing and abstracts for nearly 3,800 journals. This database offers information in nearly every area of business including management, economics, finance, accounting, international business, and more.

PAIS International
The PAIS International database from CSA contains references to more than 540,100 journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, publications of international agencies, microfiche, Internet material, and more. Newspapers and newsletters are not indexed.  PAIS International includes publications from over 120 countries throughout the world. In addition to English, some of the indexed materials are published in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.


ProQuest Newspapers
Full text of 300+ U.S. and international news sources. Includes coverage of 150+ major U.S. and international newspapers such as The New York Times and the Times of London, plus hundreds of other news sources and news wires.  Some newspapers are Spanish language.

Factiva has wide coverage and timely delivery of news information from most of the world. It provides coverage of business, business-related issues and political/general news, keeping Factiva customers informed about developments in the region. It includes nearly 9,000 sources from 118 countries in 22 languages, including more than 120 newswires and more than 900 sources available on or before the date of publication.  Some newspapers are Spanish language.

LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe
This flagship service provides full-text documents from over 5,600 news, business, legal, medical, and reference publications with a variety of flexible search options. LexisNexis Academic provides searchable access to a comprehensive spectrum of full-text information from over 5,600 sources, selected to meet academic research needs.  Some newspapers are Spanish language.


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

MLA Citation Style

MLA style is one way you can cite your sources and avoid falling foul of plagiarism.  This style of formatting and citation is maintained by the Modern Language Association, and is usually used in the humanities, such as English.  Although there are places online that will cite sources automatically, it is essential that you understand how the system works first.  These web sites are sometimes wrong, and that will result in your grade being lowered.

The information you need to properly cite a source you're quoting in your paper varies depending on the source, but you will usually need:

Author - The person or people who wrote the source.  This can sometimes be a company or government agency, and in some cases may not be possible to determine.

Title - The title of the source you are using.  For journal articles or newspaper articles, you will need both the title of the article and the title of the journal or newspaper.

Date of Publication - When was the source published?  For journals or newspapers, you will also need the volume and issue number, if available.

Publisher Information (books only) - Who published the source?

Page Numbers (articles only) - The pages on which the source begins and ends.

Once you have all this information, you will need to format it so that it fits MLA style.  The citation will differ depending on what kind of source you are using.  Here are a few examples, taken from the MLA handbook (on hold at the reference desk):

Journal Article
Piper, Andrew.  "Rethinking the Print Object: Goethe and Book of Everything."
     PMLA 12.1 (2006): 124-38. Print.

Newspaper Article
Jeromack, Paul.  "This Once, a David of the Art World Does Goliath a Favor."
     New York Times 13 July 2002, late ed.: B7+ . Print.

Habord, Janet.  The Evolution of Film: Rethinking Film Studies. Cambridge:
     Polity, 2007. Print.

As you can see, each of these looks slightly different.  In general though, the format is similar.  Titles of books and journals are in italics, while book chapters or article titles are in quotes.  The hanging indent (the space on the second line of the citation) is an important feature to keep in mind.

The library has a more detailed tutorial on how to cite your sources, which can be accessed through this link: http://library.csudh.edu/info/guides/citesrc.shtml

Another excellent resource is the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL), available here: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/  But be warned that the OWL is such a good resource that it usually goes down towards the end of the semester due to overuse.

As mentioned earlier, the library also keeps a copy of the current MLA style guide at the reference desk.  Just stop by and ask the librarian on duty to borrow it.

Scholarly Internet Research

Remember, not all web sites are created equally. Some sites can be valid sources of information, but others are filled with opinion represented as fact. While there isn't a 100% effective way to figure out what kind of site you're looking at, here are some guidelines to follow when using the internet for research:

  • Check Credibility - Is it easy to figure out who's behind the information? Does whomever it is know what they're talking about? Do they have qualifications in the field or some other reason to be trust-worthy in it?
  • Check Accuracy - Are the sources cited well? Is the information up-to-date? Are there any broad, sweeping generalisations that are impossible to verify?
  • Check Reasonableness - What is the page's point-of-view? Is it a corporate page trying to sell you a product? Is it a government or educational site where the main purpose is to educate people?
  • Check Support - Is it possible to double-check the information in another location?

Useful Scholarly Websites

INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.

The Librarians' Internet Index aims to provide a well-organized point of access for reliable, trustworthy, librarian-selected websites, serving California, the nation, and the world. All links on the Index are selected and approved by librarians before inclusion.

For more information, check out our guide on Evaluating Web Resources

General Research Tips

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.

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 Useful Databases earlier on in this page for where to start your search.

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 submit an online help request which a librarian will answer within a day or two.

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.