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CECS 490 and CECS 491: Find Articles / Databases

The first in a two-course capstone senior project in computer engineering.

See also the main Engineering guide for more databases in engineering and related fields.

Search Google Scholar

When using Google Scholar rom off-campus, either use the University's VPN or 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.


Find Articles

 ‚ÄčOneSearch 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!


Technical Books

Online Training Videos

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).


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.