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History Course Handouts: History 499 Los Cerritos Rancho

Handouts Used for Library Instruction in History Research

History 499 Library Instruction Handout

History 499
Los Cerritos Rancho, Library Resources
Greg Armento (Spring 2019), 562-985-4367 




  • By placing an asterisk* at the end of a search word, you will catch all word variants. So if you type in word*, it will find all subject headings using the terms: word or words or wordiness or wordy or wordsmith, etc. (Don't use the asterisk in a google search. It does not work)
  • If you want to force word adjacency or find a phrase, such as "los cerritos ranch" "bixby land company" but your words in quotation marks as shown. 
  • If you want synonyms in a search, use OR. The OR should be capitalized. ("rancho los cerritos" OR "rancho los alamitos* OR "rancho los nietos")

FINDING HISTORY BOOKS (print and online)

"rancho los cerritos"   "cerritos ranch*"   "rancho los alamitos"    "alamitos ranch"   
 "rancho los nietos"    "juan temple"    "jonathan temple"    "bixby land company"*   
 "manuel nieto"   "leonardo cota"   "jotham bixby"  
  • For finding primary materials, use some of these subject keywords below with another topic of interest:

sources      personal narrative*     interview*      diaries      oral histor*       biograph*     correspondence      papers      letters

  • Using any of the above techniques, also conduct the exact same search using CSU+ or LINK+ to find even more materials at nearby CSU libraries. See how to borrow from another library.
  • Use WORLDCAT for hard to find books and archival material around the world. It identifies over 100 million titles. 


Academic Search Complete (Comprehensive interdisciplinary access to nearly 3000 scholarly journals. 

America History and Life U.S & Canadian History. Scholarly research last 60 years.

American Periodical Series Online 1700-1940 Full text online scholarly and popular articles.

America's Historical Newspapers Online 1680-1870 (Full text newspapers from the late 1600s to mid 1800s.

California Digital Newspaper Collection. Full text online searchable California newspapers up to the 1920s

California Newspaper Archive Covers some Long Beach and Southern California newspapers up to the 1970s

Dissertations and Theses (Full text access to book length PhD writings. Good for original research.)

Historical Los Angeles Times 1881-1993

JSTOR (Full text online archive to hundreds of scholarly journals dating back to the 1800s.

VOAHA: Virtual Oral/Aural History Archive. Local oral history interviews. Listen carefully. Summaries available but no transcripts.






Search only within certain Internet domains:

site:edu (for U.S. academic sites)

site:gov (for government sites, city, county, state, federal)

site:org (for nonprofit organizations, museums, institutes)

site:int (for international organizations such as UN


See thie pre-formatted Google Scholar Search to find a range of interdisciplinary scholarly journals. You may be able to open many of these articles if searching on our campus (since it knows our IP address and what we subscribe to.)


Use Google Books to identify a wide array of books that might exist on your topic. You can then check our OneSearch service to see if we own it, or if it can be borrowed quickly.