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CE 101: Specialized Databases (Journal articles)


Find Articles

 ​OneSearch is a discovery tool that allows you to search most everything the CSULB Library owns or has access to through one simple search box to retrieve credible, authoritative, and suitable articles (and books and media). It solves the problem of not knowing where to start.

Keep in mind though, OneSearch searches most but not ALL library databases (for instance it does not search Compendex).

In-depth or comprehensive research is better done in subject specific databases (click on Engineering to see all the ones we have). See below for examples of databases for your term paper. Lots of help for searching OneSearch!


Databases (to find journal articles)

Databases follow some basic principles:  
Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) are used to combine terms in the following ways with parentheses to group the terms: 

AND    Both words must be present
OR      Either or both words must be present
NOT    The first but not the second word must be present

  • Use quotation marks to search as a phrase, in the exact order you type them, example “rapid prototyping”. 
  • Use an asterisk to search for multiple versions of a word at once by truncating the terms. For example, typing comput* will allow you to search for compute, computer, computers or computing.
  • Use Limits, i.e., date range, document type..
  • Search fields, i.e., author, title, abstract, etc.

All database allow you to email or print results (in different citation formats), save records, provide search history, show related topics/articles.  Many provide "cited by" references. Most of our databases allow for citations to be downloaded to Endnote.


Getting the Full Text of an Article

One of the following buttons appears in almost all of the Library's research databases (e.g. Academic Search Complete, Compendex, ABI Inform etc.):

The menu will tell you whether we have it full-text online, in print or you have to request it via BeachReach.

If you have a citation to an article (but are not in a database),  the simplest way to find out if we have the article online or in print is to search by journal title in COAST (the online catalog).


Google Scholar Search Box

Use Google Scholar (NOT Google) to find journal articles AFTER you have tried library databases. 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.If you are not on campus, you will have to enter in your University ID and library PIN/password. Search  OneSearch to find out if we have the article in print; if not request via BeachReach.


Google Scholar Search

Not Available at CSULB?

BeachReach - interlibrary loan heading image

Is your article not available at CSULB?

Put in a request through BeachReach to get full-text of any article. 

You can get to BeachReach from the Get It @ CSULB page when you are searching in the databases.

Need more information on BeachReach? Visit our interlibrary services page.