To get you ready for research @CSULB, please watch these four short videos: three from my colleague Dr. Alexis Pavenick, our Literature Librarian and one short fun one from me!
You will probably meet Dr. Pavenick in ENGL 100. BUT please contact ME (not Dr. P.) if you have questions about research in engineering topics:
Video 1: Signing into the Library and Finding Research Guides (4 min) Example: Search by Owner: Ramachandran, Subject: Engineering
Video 2: Searching CSULB's OneSearch (4.07 mins). OneSearch is the library's catalog for books, journals and media owned by the library. Not to contradict Dr. Pavenick, but I have found that OneSerch is a good place to start your research for articles and books in any subject including engineering.
Video 3: Academic Search Complete (7.41 mins). Good basic Library database. Another good place to start your research for articles and books in ANY subject including engineering.
Short (40 sec) video from your Engineering Librarian
Dr. Pavenick's handout (referred to in the videos)
Remember DO NOT reach for Google but DO REACH for the CSULB Library’s home page! We have a LOT of authoritative, credible sources for you that will save you time to find relevant resources on any topic!
Reference - Encyclopedias etc. that cannot be checked out
Reserve - Books and other items for courses selected by instructors
Call Number - Number on the spine of a book or journal determining its place on the shelf
Database -searchable list of article titles and abstracts
Citation - identifying information of an article (title, author, etc.)
Abstract - summary of an article found at the beginning and in databases
Peer Reviewed - A premium quality journal article that has been reviewed by others knowledgeable in the field prior to publication
Journal - a published collection of articles (previously in print, now frequently online only)
Off-Campus Access (via your Campus ID and password)
My Library Account (via your Campus ID and password)