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PUB 300 — Foundations of Public Administration -- Spring 2012

Contact Information

Carol Dales
cdales@csudh.edu
(310)-243-2088
LIB SOUTH 2037K

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Basic Library Information

Finding Journal Articles at CSUDH

Off-Campus Access

Useful Books & Ebooks

Useful Databases

Finding Organization Information

Plagiarism

Scholarly Internet Research

General Research Tips


Basic Library Information


Finding Journal Articles at CSUDH

Get journal articles through the library home page by looking under the "Articles, E-books, Online Scholarly Resources" heading. Click the heading that sounds the most like your situation.

  • If you only know what subject you're looking for (e.g. Business) click  Databases by Subject .
  • If you already know which database you want to use (e.g. Business Source Premier) click Databases by Title .
  • If you are looking for an article from a specific journal (e.g. American Review of Public Administration) click Journals by Title .
  • If you aren't sure where to start, click the Find Articles on a Specific Topic  link (under "Tutorials") for help.

Once you are in a database, you can start to search for your article. All database search options are slightly different, but they usually include several search boxes you can fill out. Most databases will also let you restrict your search to peer-reviewed or scholarly journals.

Articles that you can read in that database will have a link to the PDF full text or the HTML full text. Click on the text link to read the article. Some databases also supply a link that lets you e-mail yourself the articles or links.

Some articles have a red and white button, "Find it @ CSUDH Lib",  instead of having links to the full text. This means the text of that article is not in the database you are searching. Click the "Find it..." button to see if a different database does have the full text.
NOTE: 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 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 go immediately to the search screen.

If you are off campus, 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, call the reference desk at (310) 243-3586 for help.



Useful Books & Ebooks

The library owns many books on public administration. Try the following search in the library's online catalog to see a list:

  • Go to the library's online catalog
  • In the drop-down menu to the left, select "Subject - Subject Words"
  • In the text area to the right, type in public administration
  • This shows you a list of related, more specific, subjects that are related to your search.  To see more related subjects, click the "20 related subjects" link : Public Administration -- 20 Related Subjects
  • For a list of general public administration books, click the Public Administration link.
  • 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.

The library also has several collections of ebooks (books that have been scanned in that you can access from home using the library website).

Direct links to ebooks that may be useful:



Useful Databases

Business Source Premier
Business Source Premier provides more than 2,300 full text scholarly publications, including nearly 1,100 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the full text, provides indexing and abstracts for nearly 3,800 journals and offers information in nearly every area of business including  public administration as well as management, economics, finance, accounting, and more.

ABI/INFORM Global
Search nearly 1800 worldwide business periodicals for in-depth coverage of business and economic conditions, management techniques, human resources, finance, and more; generous public administration content.  

PAIS International (Public affairs, public and social policies, international relations) 
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.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts 
The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS), created in 1972, is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to further support research, policy, and program development worldwide ; provides research and government publications, related links and some articles.



Finding Organization Information

There are several ways to find information about a specific organization. 

The library pays for access to several "business report" type databases (listed above).  Unlike most of our databases which provide scholarly journal articles, these databases gather information about businesses and organizations .  Try a search in one of these to see if your organization is listed.
However, they do not always have information about governmental or non-profit organizations.

Here are some reliable websites you can try to find information about your organization:



Plagiarism

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)

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

But I didn't know! - You can plagiarize without meaning to, but ignorance of the law is unfortunately no excuse - it's just as serious an offence.

How can I avoid it? - 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. Take detailed notes while you search for your information to avoid forgetting which is your own work and which is borrowed from others.

For more information, see your student handbook and this page from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab (OWL).



Scholarly Internet Research

Although for this class, you will not be using Internet sources, it is still useful to know how to find good ones.

Remember, not all web sites are created equal. 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.

Internet Public Library 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.



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.