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Comp 300: Overview


Narrow or Broaden Your Search (Boolean Searching)

Use AND between terms to narrow your search

example: history and linux and open souce

Use OR and/or truncate (*, ?) words to broaden your search

example: OS or operating system
example: comput* (will find computer, computers, computing, etc.)
example: wom?n (will find woman or women)

Note: check online help for the correct truncation symbol

MLA Style


  • ACM Digital Library (Full Text)

    Use Advanced Search to restrict to recent dates of publication, to limit to journals (not conference proceedings), and to restrict to full text.

  • IEEE XPlore (Full Text)

    Use Advanced Search to restrict to subscribed content only (full-text), to limit to journals (not conference proceedings), and to restrict to recent dates of publication. You can also choose to search the metadata (citation and abstract) or full text. Save or print articles; email option only sends a link to the article, which will not work off campus.

  • INSPEC (Use the Find Text button to check for full-text)

    Search INSPEC only to be able to select a discipline (information technology or computers/control engineering).

  • Databases by Subject

    Select your field/major from the lists on these pages to search in databases focused on your field.


Using Google Scholar

You can find items the Oviatt Library owns using Google Scholar's Find Text capabilities. To activate the capabilities for your browser:

  1. Select Settings in the upper right, then Library links from the left menu.
  2. In the search box, type "CSUN" and select Find Library.
  3. Check the box next to "CSU, Northridge (SFX Find It)"
  4. Then select Save.

Select the SFX Find It at CSUN link (to the right of the article) or the SFX: Additional Options link (located below the article description) for access to online full text, Oviatt Library holdings information, and Interlibrary Loan.