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CAM — CAMS English Brakel

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Vivian Linderman







Start your research by going to the University Library Homepage.


  • The SEARCH BOX - Start your search for library materials here. The default tab, Books & eBooks, connects you to the online catalog of items we have in the library.
  • Other sections in this center view will link you to information about library services and resources. Some information is specific to CSUDH students while other information is available for you to use without a CSUDH ID.
  • Use the Search WorldCat link to find books in local public libraries.
  • Use the Online Reference Shelf link to find information on websites that librarians recommend.
  • Use the Google Scholar link to search for scholarly articles through Google. Some will be available for you to read, others will require a CSUDH login.
  • LIBRARY SERVICES & INFORMATION - Find your way, renew books and access other information about the Library and its services from these links.


The top menu bar provides drop down lists to resources found within the University Library web site and provides links to the Library's Twitter feed, Facebook page, Pinterest and other social media activities.


Here you will find links to Librarian Chat services, Library Hours, Library Announcements, and Quick Links to renew books online and email a librarian for research assistance.


Searching for a Book

To find a book or journal in the University Library use the maroon colored SEARCH BOX on the homepage.  You may search by keyword, title, author, subject, ISBN/ISSN number, or call number with the drop down selections and then put in your search term/s in the search bar on the right.  Results will show books or journals in our collection, including e-books, the location within the library, its call number, and status (available, checked out, lost, due, etc.). If you click on the title, a page will appear which will provide a more detailed record of that specific item. This record will also show subject terms and quite often it will include the table of contents and a summary.

Narrowing Down Your Search with Subject Headings

From the item's full record If you click on a link shown to the right of Subject, you will bring up a screen showing that subject heading, along with similar subject headings, and the number of items that are organized under each of those headings. Clicking on one of these subject headings will bring up all the items in the library organized under that heading. This is a great way to narrow down your search to a very specific area of interest. It also helps you expand your search by showing you different subject headings to search on. 

How to Use the Torofind Online Catalog is a more in-depth guide on how to search the catalog and how books and journals are organized in the Library.

Finding a Book on the Shelf

To find a book on the shelves first watch this YouTube video about the Library of Congress call numbers.  This will explain how our books are organized. Then, read about our Shelving Locations in the Library. 


If you have a current CSUDH ID you will be able to read e-books. These books will show as [electronic resource] in the search results titles. To open the e-book, click the link below the title of the book. If you click on the title of the book you will get the detailed record and can follow the link from there to open the e-book. Use Help to find out how to download, save, print, highlight pages, keep notes on pages and more. Most of our e-books allow a single user at any one time, others allow multiple users. So, if you get a message that the book is in use, check back a little later to see if has been released and "put back on the shelf." And, be sure to exit out of the book when finished reading it, as this allows it to be used immediately by other students. 

Checking Out Books

If there are books you would like to check out, bring them to the Circulation Counter located at the Library entrance; most of the journal collection is for Library use only. You will need to have completed your application to use the Library, and have turned it in and shown your CAMS student ID, in order to check out books. The application is available from your teacher and must be signed by your parents. Books are loaned for a period of four weeks and can be renewed three times. You may check out up to 5 books at a time. Read more about the Circulation Policies here.


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." (source: Oxford English Dictionary)

Instances of plagiarism include:

  • Quoting or paraphrasing someone's work in your paper without citing it
  • Expressing someone else's ideas as your own

Plagiarism is a serious matter and could result in a lower or failing grade or other punishment.

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.

How can I avoid it? - You can avoid plagiarism by giving credit where credit is due and always citing your sources. Whenever you insert a quotation, re-word information you got from a source, or present an idea developed by someone else, be sure to include a citation in the proper style. Your teacher will teach you how to cite when writing a research paper. It is important to take detailed notes on where you find information  as you find it. Be sure to jot down title, author, publication information including the copyright date, and page numbers. This will make the citation process easier when you begin to put your bibliography together.   

Test your knowledge about plagiarism with this fun, online game, Goblin Threat, from Lycoming College.