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Vivian Linderman




DATABASES--Online Articles






Aside from the thousands of books, journals, and archival resources held at or accessible from the University Library, the Library is home to a number of services as well as staff and faculty members committed to assisting faculty and ensuring student success.

Administration & Archives

The library is led by Dean Sandra Parham who oversees library activities, and staff and faculty members. Library administration is located on the 5th floor of Library-South, the newest Library building.

You also will find the University Archives on the 5th floor of Library-South. Archives & Special Collections plays an important role in collecting and preserving materials related to the history of the South Bay, and the history of the CSU system and CSUDH. Its location on campus enhances our students understanding of and access to primary sources and many professors take advantage of this resource in assigning course work.

Library Web Site

The Library homepage, is the starting point for information about Library services and access to materials and resources. Our calendar and hours are located on the left sidebar and menu bars offer dropdown links to site information such as location, floor plans, computing, and more. Many of those links also can be found on the homepage.

Social Media Connections

The Library maintains a presence on popular social media sites and keeps a blog site for information on Library services and announcements. You can find the links to Facebook, Blogger, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+ on the Social Media dropdown list along the top menu bar on the homepage.

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The University Library holds approximately 450,000 books and other materials that cover the academic subjects studied at CSUDH. Books are organized on our shelves by Library of Congress CALL NUMBERS and can be found in both Library North and Library South, as follows:

  • North, 3rd floor: A - H
  • North, 4th floor: J - PN
  • South, 3rd floor: Periodicals, current and bound
  • South, 4th floor: PQ - N

Knowing call numbers can be helpful if you want to come on by, or send students, to browse through subject area resources held in our collection.

Searching the Online Library Catalog

The Library's catalog of resources is available on our home page and may be searched from both on and off campus. The default setting on the home page is set to search by Keyword on the Books & eBooks search tab in the Simple Search, maroon-colored, search box. The results from this default setting will bring up material types that include, but are not limited to: books, e-books, current and bound journal titles, government documents, music scores, and maps found on our Library shelves. The Simple Search box also allows searching by Title, Author, Subject, ISBN or Library of Congress call number by using the dropdown feature on the Keyword search field. The Advanced Search link allows you to combine multiple search fields and restrict the results in a number of ways. Once you are within the online catalog, you can manage renewals, save and e-mail searches, link to our Online Reference Shelf, and more.

Searching Other Library Collections & Inter-Library Loan

The Library home page also provides a search tab to look for books at other CSU libraries. Use the Search WorldCat link, on the home page, to find books at other university and public libraries. If you need a book that is held by another library, the Inter-Library Loan (ILL) office can request that material for you at no cost. Log in to the ILL request system or visit the (ILL) office, located behind the Reference Desk, to start the request process. Books obtained through ILL take up to two weeks to arrive and are governed by the policies of the lending library. ILL also can request copies of journal articles that are not accessible through our databases or print holdings. These articles are sent to you by email and remain in your in-box for three weeks before disappearing in adherence to copyright restrictions.


When you search the Library catalog, e-books will show in the results list as "electronic resources." Clicking on the links will take you to the book which you can then read online or download for later reading. Each of our e-book vendors works a little differently, so it is suggested you take a look at their Help page for specific information on how to download, print, or otherwise manipulate the e-resource.

Since the online catalog is not automatically updated, newly acquired e-book titles will not display after a catalog search, and discontinued titles will continue to display although their links will not work. To access all currently available e-books try searching directly through the e-book vendor: go to Databases by Subject on the library home page, click on the e-book link, and perform your search as necessary.

Checking Out Books

Faculty may check out up to 100 items from the general collection for a period of 6 months, with one renewal for an additional 6 months. A valid University ID is required at time of check-out. Privileges are also extended to Inter-library Loan materials and reserve materials as well. Our web page on circulation policies will give you more detail on renewals, holds, overdue fines, etc.

DATABASES--Online Articles

The Library subscribes to a number of databases that provide you with free online access to journals related to the arts, history, literature, science,†and other academic areas.†If you know the†name of the database you would like to search, you can access it by going to the†Databases by†Title link on†the Library home page.†Or, if you prefer you may start with the Databases by Subject link. You also might want to become familiar with the Online Reference Shelf for links to valuable online resources.

Finding Specific Journals

To find out if the Library holds or provides access to a specific journal look for it directly by using the Journals by Title link on our home page. The result screen will show if the Library holds it in print and which databases provide access, along with the dates of coverage. You can then link to the catalog record or database from there.

Google Scholar

The Library also provides an interface with Google Scholar from the CSUDH Library home page.†Using Google Scholar from the home page will allow you to open articles held in subscribed databases, such as JSTOR, at no-cost.


Print Reserves or e-Reserves

In support of CSUDH academic programs, the Library maintains a reserve collection and electronic access to class related materials. Instructorsí materials as well as books and other items from the Library's collection may be placed in reserve collections by request. Print items circulate for shortened loan periods ranging from 2 hours to 4 days making them more accessible to your students throughout the semester. Electronic items, or e-reserves, can be added to your course Blackboard site for the semester's use.

Items using fewer than 10% of the total source material are eligible to be placed on e-reserves. Books or items using more than 30 pages or any item containing more than 10% of the total source material are placed on print reserves. Additional information on policies, procedures, copyright, and submission guidelines are available on our Reserves and e-Reserves web page.

Reference Services

With the increasing emphasis to teach information literacy to our students, the Library faculty is available to assist you and your students in navigating the ever-growing world of information resources. In addition to the role of reference librarian, our librarians also instruct on topics related to library and online research, collaborate with faculty on developing course assignments, and prepare online research guides. See the section on Reference Services below for more information.

Collection Development

Although our collection development budget has been declining over the past few years due to the state's budget crisis, the Library continues to purchase both print and e-books that support the academic departments of the University. If you have a specific title that you would like for your own research or courses you are teaching, please complete the Faculty Book Request Form. We will make every effort to purchase the book, although we cannot guarantee it.

Affordable Learning Solutions or ALS

The CSUDH Library is the pilot project of the Affordable Learning Solutions initiative of the CSU Chancellor's Office. The project is focused on reducing student outlays for high-cost course textbooks by offering links to course packs, e-textbooks, online and other low-cost resources. If you would like to participate in the ALS initiative, please take a look at the ALS web page for more information.


The Reference team of librarians work the Reference Desk during Library hours, field telephone and email queries, and meet with faculty or students for private appointments. Librarians also present class and small group information sessions on topics ranging from an introduction to research to how to use a specific database to advanced research techniques. Faculty may request a Library session for a course by using the Request an Instruction Session link on the Services for Faculty page linked from the homepage. Librarians also can collaborate with faculty on developing information literacy or research assignments, embedding library guides into Blackboard, and more.

To assist students with assignments, librarians have created and posted a number of Online Research Guides that are easily accessible from the Library homepage. The guides, at their most basic level, introduce students to the online library catalog and search techniques, and make recommendations for relevant databases. These guides are either general research guides or specific to courses offered.

More information about our librarians, including contact information, can be found on the Reference Librarians Profile page.


Group Study Rooms

Group Study Rooms are available for student groups consisting of up to 8 individuals. All rooms offer white boards and CopyCams to save pictures of white board notes. Two rooms offer laptop connections to a projector. Rooms may be reserved and checked-out from the Technology Checkout Program Office located behind the 3rd floor south elevators.

Technology Checkout Program (TCP)

The Technology Checkout Program lends laptops and i-Pads to currently enrolled students in good status. Devices are loaned out for 7 days and renewable after a 24 hour waiting period. More information about the checkout program can be found on the TCP web page.

Copying & Printing

The library maintains copiers and printers located on the 2nd and 3rd floor, Library South. The cost for black-and-white printing and copying is 15 cents a page. We regret that we are unable to offer color printing or copying. However, color printing is available at the Toro Copy Center, located in Welch Hall B-105.


To help educate your students about plagiarism and its consequences you might wish to visit these three sources:

Citation Help

The OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue, is the go-to citation resource for librarians. The site covers the ins and outs of APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, and other citation styles. The Library also holds the most recent editions of the style manuals in the Reserve Book area and behind the Reference Desk.


Often in the research and writing process, source information is lost, misplaced or never jotted down. Encourage your students to use the folder/account features of the online databases to keep track of their research. You also may want to share some citation management tools such as Zotero, Mendeley or Endnote with your students. You can find information on all of them by performing a web search. Wikipedia offers a comparison chart of the many citation management tools available.