Monthly Archives: March 2015

CSUN Student Workshops Offered at the Creative Media Studio

The Creative Media Studio is now offering workshops for CSUN students that provide hands-on assistance in using software programs such as Pro Tools, Final Cut Pro and the Adobe Master Collection programs. Working with 27-inch iMac computers, students learn how to utilize software programs in creating videos, digital audio recordings, and other multimedia projects. Reservations are required as seating is limited. To register please visit http://tinyurl.com/ombq8xr. For more information about the Creative Media Studio and its workshops and offerings visit http://tinyurl.com/p37fjkt and watch the video below.

– Coleen Martin

Check Out These Tips for Improving Your Google Search

You probably have been using Google your entire academic life.  But there is more to this search engine than typing in keywords.  Improve your Google search by utilizing some of these recommended tips useful for all types of research.

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Improving your Google Search: Tips and Tricks to help you master the simple search

  1. Site: To find pages within a specific site type “site:” followed by a website or domain. Example: site:latimes.com
  2. Exclude words: To exclude a term from your search use the minus (-) sign in from of the term. Example: Taylor Swift –sucks
  3. Similar words: Use the tilde (~) sign in front of a word to search synonyms. Example ~college will also retrieve university.
  4. “Quotation Marks”: Searches the exact phrase instead of individual words. Example “Global Warming”
  5. Number Ranges: Include two periods when you want to search within two number ranges. Suitable for years, prices or series of numbers. Example: Oscar winners 2000..2014
  6. Document Type: To search for a particular document type such as a pdf, PowerPoint, doc, jpeg. Example: filetype:pdf
  7. Definitions: Put define: in front of a word for a quick definition. Example: define:impetuous
  8. Calculator: For simply math problems consider using Google (+,-,*,/). Example: 365/5*12
  9. Unit Converter: Easy unit converter, just type what you would like to convert such as temperature, volume. Mass, area, speed, length, or time. Example: 3 quarts to cups.

Have questions? You can always Ask a Librarian for help!

– Jamie Johnson

Finding a Thesis or Dissertation

Are you looking to access theses or dissertations to aid in your research? The Oviatt Library is here to help.

Finding a Thesis or Dissertation

Finding a Thesis or Dissertation

Thesis

Capstone research for a Master’s Degree.  Length: 1-2 journal articles.

Dissertation

Capstone research for a Doctoral Degree.  Length: 3-5 journal articles.

CSUN Graduate Students

If you’re a current CSUN graduate student, you might want examples of recent successful theses from your department.  Find them in ScholarWorks (http://scholarworks.csun.edu/)

CSUN Alumni

If you wrote a thesis while at CSUN, search for yourself as an author in the Oviatt Library catalog (http://suncat.csun.edu/).

Other Universities

Graduate research from other universities is available through the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database.

Embargoed?

Authors can choose to restrict access to their research for a few years, usually until they publish or patent their findings. Embargoed theses and dissertations are not available.

Librarians are here to help.  Text (818) 900-2965.  Call (818) 677-2285.

Have further questions about accessing dissertations and theses? Contact Ask A Librarian.

– Laura Wimberley