Finding Library Materials
the library Online
Catalog to find books, eBooks, videos,
CDs, periodical titles, and Course
Reserves. From the catalog you will
be able to see what materials are available
in the library, if they are checked out,
and if so, when they are due back. If an
item is checked out, you can contact the
Circulation Desk (760-245-4271, x2262) to
place a hold on it. We will contact you when
item is returned. Remember that you will
need to bring your current student I. D.
or registration receipt to checkout materials.
For more information, see: Borrowing
Finding Full-Text Articles
library subscribes to online databases that
provide access to full-text magazine and
newspaper articles. Academic
Search Premier is
the main database for finding magazine and
journal articles. Newspaper Source
the main database for newspaper articles.
If you are researching a controversial topic
and need articles on opposing viewpoints,
use Opposing Viewpoints in Context and CQ
Researcher. All of these resources
are accessible from the Databases page
of the library's website. Since databases
are subscriptions that contain copyright
written materials, off-campus access is
password protected. To search the databases
from home you will first need to apply for
a Password. Once
you have access, be sure to check the "Help" links
available in each database for valuable
information about searching.
addition to article
databases, the library also subscribes to
a number of full-text subject databases
that are useful for research in specific
subject areas. These include: Access
Watch, CQ Weekly,
Health & Wellness Resource
Center, History Resource Center, Grove
Dictionary of Art, Grove
Dictionary of Music, Routledge
Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and
Routledge Religion Resource, and more.
Finding Recommended Web Sites
Resources, you will find links to
Web sites organized by subject area. These
sites have been selected by librarians
and other faculty members to assist you
in finding useful resources on the Web.
If you do not see a site listed under
the subject you are looking for, try searching Infomine or ipl2.
Both of these sites are searchable by
subject and contain annotated links to
reviewed Web sites.
Your instructor may require you to evaluate any Web sites that you include in your research for authority and accuracy. If you are not sure of the criteria used to distinguish one Web site from another, read the information under Evaluating Web Sites. Also, if you are in the habit of always searching the Internet the same way, be sure to read the Web Search Tools page to strengthen your understanding of other search options.
*Remember that if you are looking for articles in magazines, journals, or newspapers, use the library Databases. The full-text of articles found in databases will generally not be available on the Internet without paying a fee.
Finding Research Tools
Tools for a list of useful guides developed
by the librarians to assist you with enhancing
your research. Guides include examples for
citing MLA and APA style
Plagiarism, Research Tips
(Getting Started), Locating
Controversial Issues, distinguishing
the differences between magazine and journal
articles, and much more.