Here is some help for choosing and narrowing topics for your papers and projects:
Selecting a Database
To find scholarly journal articles, you will need to search one of the library's databases which provide free content to CSUSB students. You can do this in the library or from home. Always begin on the library's website. A reference librarian can recommend the best database for your topic and show you how to use it. See our guide, How to Begin a Database Search which includes a video tutorial.
Searching a Database
Keyword searching is a method for getting what you want out of a database. See our guide, Keyword Search Strategies which includes a video tutorial.
Finding the Full Text of Articles
Knowing where to click will help you find full text: Maximize Your Full Text! Includes a video tutorial.
The Interlibrary Loan (a.k.a. ILL, or ILLiad) service for articles and books
This free service allows you to request the full text of any article that is not available from the Pfau Library. You also can request books that are not at any CSU library. See our guide, Get Articles This Library Doesn't Have.