Library Research Guide
The following resources are designed to support Bridge students with finding articles and books for their annotated bibliography and research paper.
Overview of the Research Process
As you begin your research, consider taking the following steps.
1. Create a research question or statement
2. Create a list of search terms (also known as keywords) that will assist you in finding information about your question or statement
3. Identify the types of periodicals and other sources you need for the assignment (number of books or articles from library subscription databases)
4. Select and search in the library catalog for books and appropriate subscription databases for articles
5. Cite your sources in MLA Citation Style
Database Searching Tips
Searching for information in the library databases works differently than searching for information on the Internet. When searching in library databases, sentences cannot be entered in the search box(es) to search. (You will get very poor results, if any.) Instead, library databases require users to enter search terms with the Boolean operators - "AND," "OR," "NOT" connecting each search terms/keyword. See the library's Boolean Searching page for a more detailed description and other helpful information.
Searching for Articles Through Databases at the Oviatt Library
The following databases may be useful to search for information for this assignment. You will need your campus User ID and Password to enter these databases if you are not in the library. (This is the same User ID and Password you use to access the portal and your CSUN email account.)
Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) - Offers full-text articles from journals and magazines, may limit to full-text search and within a date range.
ERIC (EBSCO) - ERIC (Education Resource Information Center) provides access to education literature and resources. ERIC contains more than 1.4 million records and links to more than 337,000 full-text documents.
Ethnic News Watch - Provides full-text articles from ethnic, minority and native press. More than 270 titles, 1960 to present.
General OneFile (Gale) - Includes Expanded Academic. Full-text articles from journals and magazines, may limit to only search full-text and within a date range.
PsycINFO - Includes information about the psychological aspects of related fields such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology and education to name a few.
Depending upon your topic, you may want to explore other databases in a specific discipline or subject area. You may do this at our "Databases by Subject" page.
Searching in OneSearch for Articles and Books:
- Enter your keywords in the OneSearch search box.
- The “Articles” tab will be the default tab for results.
- You may refine your article search results by adding another keyword or by using the tools in the left column.
- Select the books tab to search for books.
- You may refine your book search results by adding another keyword or by using the tools in the left column.
- For more information about using OneSearch, watch this 3-minute tutorial http://library.csun.edu/blogs/cited/having-trouble-using-onesearch
You will want to evaluate carefully all Internet resources you use to support your research topic. The Oviatt Library provides information within its Research Strategies pages to assist in effective evaluation.
Citation and Evaluation Guides
- Citing Your Sources - For MLA Citation Information, select the MLA Style Guide. See the "Subscription Databases (article/s)" section in the left column.
- MLA Annotated Bibliography
- Owl Purdue MLA Works Cited Page
- Why Cite? Avoiding Plagiarism
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