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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.)
example: wom?n (will find woman or women)

Note: check online help for the correct truncation symbol

Find Library Sources

This list is only a suggestion of places to start your research; you can also pick your topic area from the Find Articles & Research Data page to see the list of recommended databases for that topic.

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, go to Scholar Preferences:

  1. In the box next to Library Links type "CSUN" and click Find Library.
  2. Check the box next to "CSU, Northridge (SFX Find It)"
  3. 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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