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Surface vs. Deep Web

Surface Web:

  • Found using Google or other search engines.
  • Freely available to all.
  • Examples: Wikipedia, CNN


Deep Web:

Narrow or Broaden Your Search (Boolean Searching)

Use AND between terms to narrow your search

example: television and violence and children

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

example: children or youth or adolescents
example: child* (will find child, children, etc.)

Note: check online help for the correct truncation symbol

Finding Books in the Library Catalog

Use the Catalog search box located in the center of the library's homepage to search for books. To search for books on your topic, use the default Keyword search option and enter your search terms in the For box.

Catalog search box

If you have a specific book or author in mind, before you enter your search terms in the For box, change the Search type from Keyword to:

Finding Articles

You can use these databases or any others listed on the database pages; this list is only a suggestion of places to start your research. If the full-text is not available for the article you want to see, click the Find Text button or the "Find Text" link to see if the full-text is available in another database.

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 the Options link in the upper right, then Scholar Preferences.
  2. In the box next to Library Links type "CSUN" and click Find Library.
  3. Check the box next to "CSU, Northridge (SFX Find It)"
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the Save Preferences button.

Select SFX: Additional Options or SFX: Find It for access to online full text, Oviatt Library holdings information, and Interlibrary Loan.

Putting Together Your Annotated Bibliography

The library website provides sample citations for MLA, APA, and other citation styles on the Citing Your Sources page. There are also sample annotated bibliographies for each style that show you how your annotated bibliography should be formatted.

For more information on creating annotations, check out the Creating an Annotated Bibliography page.

Contact Information

If you have questions as you do your research, you can contact me directly at or 818-677-6808. For help 24/7, go to Ask A Librarian.

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