IDENTIFY YOUR TOPIC
Identify key concepts (keywords, synonyms, subject headings)
IDENTIFY YOUR SOURCES
Identify your information sources (books, journal articles, news, encyclopedias)
REFINE YOUR SEARCHES
Create search statements using Boolean Operators:
Use AND between different key terms to narrow a search i.e., athletes AND doping
Use OR between synonym key terms to broaden a search i.e., colleges OR universities
Use truncation symbols (*) to retrieve multiple variations of a word i.e., athlet* retrieves athlete, athletes, athletic, athletics
Use "phrase searching" to search for words in the order they appear i.e., "student athletes"
Citation Linker allows you to enter your citation and find out whether or not the CSULB University Library provides full text. To use CitationLinker you must know the title of the journal, magazine or newspaper the article is in (e.g. Journal of Research in Reading, The Reading Teacher). You will need to enter as much information (article title, journal, author, year of publication, volume, issue, page numbers) as possible, and Citation Linker will search our databases to see if we have a print or electronic copy of the article.
Looking for Full-Text?
Click the "Get it @ CSULB" button in almost all of the Library's research databases (e.g. Academic Search Complete or PsycInfo) to search all of CSULB's subscriptions to find the full text of your article.
For more information, click here.
Put in a request through BeachReach to get full-text of any article.
You can get to BeachReach from the Get it @CSULB box when you are searching in the databases!
Need more information on BeachReach? Visit our Interlibrary Services page.
When using Google Scholar at home, go to Scholar Preferences, library links, and search for and select CSULB. Now in your search results you will have Get It at CSULB links to access CSULB subscriptions for full-text articles. See this how-to video for more info.
Enter the name of the journal (NOT the title of the article) in the COAST "Journal Title Search" link. Click submit. Look for the for the year of publication, volume, issue number, and page numbers to locate the desired article.
POPULAR vs. SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS:
Popular Sources are designed for the general population. They are typically written by a non-expert through the use of secondary sources and whose crediibility can be limited. Examples include: Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, Time Magazine.
Scholarly or Academic journals report original scientific research. Submitted articles are usually peer-reviewed by a panel of experts and scholars in the field. Examples include Journal of Sport Management, Journal of Sports Economics, Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology.
Location of Periodicals:
Current journals - Lower Level
Older (bound) - ORCA
Online via Databases