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 will see a login screen. When you've entered the ID and password information, you'll be redirected to the database.
- Course Textbook: Essentials of Public Health by Bernard Turnock. Current volume on Reserve Floor 4 East Wing [Reserve Room and Reserve Desk]
- Library Catalog -- search the library catalog for books, journal titles, media and other materials
News, Current Events, General Information
- Academic Search Premier -- Multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles.
- 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 news 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
- 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
- Offical California Legislative Information gives status and history of bills at http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billSearchClient.xhtml
- California State assembly at http://assembly.ca.gov/assemblymembers
- California Senate at http://senate.ca.gov/
- Legislation in other states, check out the National conference of States Legislatures (NCSL) at http://www.ncsl.org/about-us/ncslservice/state-legislative-websites-directory.aspx
- CSUN Find Resources: Government Publications at http://library.csun.edu/GovernmentPublications
- Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Reference Room and 2nd floor - BF76.7 .P83 2010)
- APA Online Resources
Citing your sources EndNote Web
- Learn how to sign up and use Endnote Web . You can import bibliographic records from a variety of resources to create your own personal database of articles, books, websites. Use EndNote Web to collect, manage, and create a bibliography or works cited list from your citations.
Registration is free while you are a student. First time, to sign up for your EndNoteWeb account, you can connect directly to http://library.csun.edu/restricted/endnote.scr. In addition to asking Marcia Henry and other librarians for help, Endnote Web will also answer your questions about installing the Cite While you Write plugin for Microsoft Word on your own computer. If you install Cite While You Write plugin on your own computer in your MicroSoft Word, be sure to set Preferences so it goes to the url:
on your own computer you can put in the working email address you used to sign up with EndNoteWeb, your password, and check Keep me logged in.
Tutorials for Endnote Web are provided at library.csun.edu/FindResources/i-Endnoteweb
Endnote Web technical support's telephone number is (800)336-4474
Call Monday-Friday 6:00am-5:00 pm (Pacific Coast Time)
Finding Books and Journals 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.
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:
- Title - to look for a specific book.
- Author - to look for books by a specific author.
To look for ebooks only, select Ebooks in the Limits field.
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!
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.