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Welcome to the CSULB Library Workshop for BUILD (BUilding Infrastructure Leading to Diversity).

We call this course BUILD-O-RAMA (BUILD - Obtaining & Researching Articles Made Awesome)!.

This guide will help you become better acquainted with what the library has to offer to expand your research skills.

Scientific Journal Articles, What Are They?

Scientific Literature:

Primary scientific literature has several elements:


  • Papers usually start with an abstract which is an  introduction or  overview that summarizes the research. They use a lot of detail to describe exactly how the research was performed and may describe the materials or methods used and/or the exact location and sampling procedures. They are usually very specific: mentioning particular places, organisms, etc.
  • They often have a "Materials and Methods" section and "Results" section.


  • These are written catering to a specific audience in their subject area.
  • Authors may use the first person while writing about their research.


  • Each article will discuss why the research was performed and a discussion section will attempt to describe how the research fits into the larger picture and may suggest further research to follow and extend the conclusions.

Subject Research Guides

Quick Links

Off-campus access

Internet computers
Most of the library's electronic resources are accessible from off-campus.  Here are some tips to remember:

To access the library's electronic resources from off-campus you must use your campus password.

If you are having a technical issue with a library resource (e.g. database, library catalog) then send an email to our Library Webgroup

If you are having trouble with Beachboard then send them a message.

Be sure you read our information on pop-up blockers.

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