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Engineering Summer Academy (BESST): Getting Started in Research

Beach Engineering Student Success Team (BESST)

Welcome from the CSULB University Library!     

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 1Signing into the Library and Finding Research Guides  (4 min) Example: Search by Owner: Ramachandran, Subject: Engineering   

Video 2Searching 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!


Library Lingo



Call number




Peer Reviewed


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)