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Research Guides and Tools

How to Write a Research Paper

How to Write a Research Paper (Owl Online Writing Lab at Purdue University)

Developing a Thesis statement

Developing a Thesis (Guide from the Writing Place at Northwestern University)

Guide to Locating Information to Support Coursework

How to do Library & Internet Research

Search for Books

How to use the Library Catalog

Find Books in the Catalog

Find Books in the Library - how to read a call number


Search for Articles

Search keywords using subject-specific databases linked from Find Articles and Research Data

How to Locate Articles Online or in the Library


Finding Articles if you are not on the CSUN Campus

If you are a CSUN student, and not on campus, you can access more than 100 databases containing magazine, newspaper and journal articles by logging in with your Portal ID and password. If you are not a CSUN student, you can access the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) databases from home by logging on with your LAPL card.

Citation and Evaluation Guides

Citing Your Sources - Find additional citation style information for APA, MLA, Chicago Manual and others

Why Cite? Avoiding Plagiarism

Evaluating Print and Internet Resources