Library Research Resources for Public Health Issues
- Research Strategies: A Five-Step Guide -- tips for how to get started, find sources, write, and cite
- Research Project Calculator -- create a timeline for completing your assignment
Accessing Library Resources from Off Campus
As a CSUN student you can access most databases from off campus, anywhere around the world. You just need to make sure you have your PORTAL username and password. When you click on a database from off campus, you'll see the following screen. When you've entered the ID and password information, you'll be redirected to the database.
- Course Textbook: Essentials of public health (RA445 .T87 2007) [Reserve Room and Reserve Desk]
- Library Catalog -- search the library catalog for books, journal titles, media and other materials
Search the library's databases to find journal, magazine and newspaper articles.
News, Current Events, General Information
- Academic Search Elite -- a general/multi-subject database useful for finding general, non-scientific articles
- Gale Health Reference Center -- search over 900 health and allied health journals with full text articles in 686 journals
- Los Angeles Times (1985-present)
- LexisNexis -- full-text news database
- MedlinePlus Health News -- up-to-date health information from the National Institutes of Health
- ProQuest Newspapers -- over 500 US and international newspapers full-text
- World Health Organization (WHO) -- responsible for providing leadership on global health matters within the United Nations
Scholarly Journals and Scientific Information
- CINAHL Plus -- scholarly journals from nursing, medicine, and consumer health
- GoogleScholar -- scholarly materials such as peer-reviewed articles, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and reports across many disciplines
- PubMed -- scholarly and research journal articles in biochemistry, medicine and related fields
- ScienceDirect -- search full-text journals published by Elsevier
- Wiley Online Library -- search full-text journals published by Wiley
- CQ Researcher -- explores in depth hot issues in the news
- Information Sources: Health Sciences -- SimpleSearch allows you to search up to 10 databases, and offers you an electronic shelf to save records from diverse databases.
- Offical California Legislative Information gives status and history of bills at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/
- Legislative WWW sites can lead you to congressmen's websites http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/legsite.html Redesigned California legislation website
- Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Reference Room and 2nd floor - BF76.7 .P83 2010)
- APA Online Resources
Library Catalog Basic Search
Starting from the Library Catalog Basic Search screen you can search by Keyword, Title, Author, or Subject by selecting the radio buttons and typing search words in the text box.
The default Limits setting will search the entire collection. You may also limit your search to smaller sub-collections: Ejournals (electronic periodicals--not specific articles), Ebooks, NCOD (National Center on Deafness), TCC (Teacher Curriculum Center), Periodicals/Serials (not specific articles), Videos, Reference Room, Special Collections, or Sound Recordings by selecting a collection from the drop-down menu.
Searching for a specific Item
Select an Author or Title search if you know the author (last name, first name) or at least the first few words of the title.
Searching for Items by Topic
There are two ways to search the online catalog for resources on a topic: by Keyword or by Subject.
- A Basic Keyword search will simultaneously look for words in titles of materials, in subject headings, and in notes fields.
- A Subject search will locate materials by Library of Congress Subject Headings, which is a controlled vocabulary or standard list of subject terms. The Oviatt Library assigns Library of Congress Subject Headings to all items listed in the online catalog.
- Another way to find the Library of Congress Subject Heading for your topic is to search the catalog by Keyword, display the record for a relevant title, and select one or more of the Subjects listed for that record.
Finding Articles in Magazines, Journals, and Newspapers
Pick a database recommended for your subject from Databases by Subject and then search using keywords.
To locate the full text of an article:
- If full-text is available in the database, click on the link to full text (HTML or PDF).
- If full-text isn't available in the database, click the button to see if we have access to the article in another database or in print in the library
- If no Find Text button is available or you didn't find the article through our databases, search for the magazine or journal title using the Journals tab in the library catalog.
- If the full text isn't available through the Library, you can request an Interlibrary Loan for the article(s) that you need. However, you must allow about two weeks for this!
How to Cite Articles
- Determine which citation style to use; the two most commonly used at CSUN are MLA and APA. If your professor didn't specify, pick one and use it consistently.
- Check the sample style sheets (MLA or APA) to see what information the article citation should contain and how it should be formatted.
- Be sure to indicate where material you quoted directly or paraphrased came from.
For more information, see Citing Your Sources - Plagiarism.
Scholarly Journals (Peer-reviewed/Referreed)
- Authors are authorities in their fields.
- Authors cite their sources in endnotes, footnotes, or bibliographies.
- Individual issues have little or no advertising.
- Articles must go through a peer-review or refereed process.
- Articles are usually reports on scholarly research.
- Illustrations usually take the form of charts and graphs.
- Articles use jargon of the discipline.