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A brief overview of the library and vital services for students

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  • Research on the GoResearch @ the Beach CSULB Library
  • The Difference between the Internet and Research Databases Internet Anyone can create a website Contain unfiltered information You get a lot of junk sites with every search Last resort for university level research! 9/16/2008
  • The Difference between the Internet and Research Databases Research Databases Commercially published materials Scholarly articles are reviewed by experts Databases contents are hand selected Use these FIRST for researching a topic
  • Scholarlypublications Provide data or theoretical analysis In-depth coverage of a topic References Peer reviewed by experts Written by experts
  • Popularpublications Written by paid journalists Will provide overview of a topic Written for general public Vague references to sources NO references
  • Narrows a search Both terms appear in same recordAND Terms have different meanings example: healthcare AND legislation Broadens a search Either term may appear in recordOR Terms have similar meanings example: facebook OR myspace
  • Can look for multiple endings of a word or pluralsasterisk punk* punk, punks, punker, punk rock, punk music“Q” Allows you to specify how close you want your terms to appear in the record ProximityPhrase Searching online w1 interaction within ONE word “online interaction”
  • Selecting the right sourceFor Articles: Library Home PageOneSearch: for a wide variety of research/sourcesDatabases by Topic: for a specific discipline
  • Review the TWO step process for getting journal articles
  • Get citations from Research Databasecitation info located in the record- usually found on the citation or source line
  • Search for the Articleclick on the Get it @csulb Link It will tell you if the item is available electronically, in print (via COAST) or if you need to request it using BeachReach
  • If the record isn’t full text Click on SFX to determine availability9/15/20089/16/2008
  • SFX box pops up “online via” indicates the item is full text on the computer9/15/20089/16/2008
  • Click link for “Check availability in COAST” Determine where your volume is located Get it off the Shelf!9/15/20089/16/2008
  • makes getting an article as simple as saying, "I want it!"
  • Citing sources karen_yim Instagram Image by Books Articles In-text citations Book Chapters Web SitesOWL Purdue Writing GuidesThis page provides links to a variety of onlineexamples of citing in both MLA and APA styles
  • Get a Library Password to CoastType in your name, CSULB I.D. #, and a Password of your choiceConfirm Password by typing it twice moreIf the screen shows your name- it worked!