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RTM 330: Women, Leisure and Ethnicity in the United States Research Tips: Overview

Professors Dr. Veda Ward; Librarian Marcia Henry


By the conclusion of the instructional session, students will be able to:

1)     Describe the steps needed to locate databases on the Oviatt Library homepage.

2)     Differentiate between scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles and popular literature (e.g., Time Magazine, The Economist, Newsweek, Harvard Business Review, etc.)

3)     Identify 5 different databases that may provide information you can use for assignments.

4)     Learn how to cite references using APA style manual. (NOTE: Students may use another style -MLA, U of Chicago, etc.- if mandated in their major).  If they do not know, they should use APA).

5)     Ask librarian about specific problems you are having (or have had in the past)finding scholarly articles.

6)     Leave the library with a list of 3 articles for each assignment to “jump-start” your work and not procrastinate.  Not all articles will provide the exact type of information you want or need.  You have to read a lot in order to find ones that will work for you.

7)     Be able to email articles to yourself at a desired location.

8)     Access databases from off campus.

9)     List 3 ways you can contact the librarian in the future.

Take home a handout designed by Marcia Henry for RTM courses to include in your course portfolio

Check the Library catalog for the Journal of Leisure Research --

Library owns this journal in print (Floor 4) and online


Catalog records for Journal of Leisure Research

catalog record for the Journal of leisure research online

Journal of Leisure research online



Access Databases from Off Campus

Only current CSUN students, faculty and staff can access our databases from off campus. To access the databases from off campus, click the name of the database. You will then see a screen asking you to log in, using your CSUN User ID and password (the same ID and password you use to log in to the portal).

For more information, see Accessing Library Resources from Off-Campus and the Library's Copyright Statement (in particular, the Appropriate Use of Oviatt Library's Electronic Resources section).

Check for Full Text Using Find Text

If the article isn't available full text in the database you are searching, click the Find Text button to see if we have access to the full text through another database or in print. A new page opens that will have one or more of the following links:

  • Full text available via [database name]: Click to access the full-text online. If the link takes you to a publication-level page, you can navigate to the article by first choosing the correct year, then the correct month or volume number, then the issue, and then selecting the article from the displayed table of contents.
  • We have this. Check availability in CSU Northridge Catalog: We have the article in print. Click to view the catalog record for the journal or magazine. You'll need to note the call number and then go to the fourth floor to get the article.
  • Request document via Interlibrary Loan: We do not have the article online or in print. You can request the article via interlibrary loan (takes approximately ten working days).

For more information, see About Find Text.

Citation Formatting Tools

Citation managers are software that keep track of your sources and automatically format your citations in a variety of styles.

  • EndNote Web - free to CSUN students, staff, and faculty; integrates with MS Word and any browser; can export references directly from many databases
  • Zotero - free to anyone; integrates with MS Word and/or Google Docs; must be installed on your own computer 

Scholarly Journals (Peer-reviewed/Referreed)

American Journal of Philology cover
  • 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.