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Doing Your Research From Home: The Best Place to Begin

This Library Guide will give you all the basics needed to successfully do your research from home.

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The best place to begin.


  • Help you understand your assignments.  Librarians are familiar with all types of assignments from all kinds of classes.
  • Give you strategies for choosing and narrowing a topic.
  • Recommend the best resources (books, articles, databases, etc.) and strategies for researching your topic.
  • Show you how to find and use the recommended resources and strategies.
  • Save you time, trouble, and frustration.  Why make research any harder than it already is?


  • Provided multiple ways for students to interact with them.
  • Designed workshops that address how to use library resources and services.
  • Authored Library Guides (you are looking at one right now) containing self help on a variety of topics.
  • Created video tutorials containing self help on a variety of topics.

Try Our Research Assistance Services!

Ask a Librarian and Research Appointments buttons.

Look for these buttons on our website, or use the links given here.

Ask a Librarian

  • Live chat with a CSUSB librarian.
  • Email or text a CSUSB librarian (909-542-8990).
  • After hours, use the 24/7 option for live chat with a non-CSUSB librarian.

Research Appointments

  • Virtual appointments with CSUSB librarians via Zoom.
  • Screen sharing allows you to see what to do.
  • Zoom Video Conferencing at CSUSB.  How to join a meeting and more.

Workshop Calendar & Registration

  • A variety of live Zoom workshops to choose from.
  • Also some recordings of previous live workshops.

Library Guides

  • Created by CSUSB librarians.
  • Choose a category or run a keyword search to find a Library Guide.


  • The tutorials with quizzes live here and many others.

The video version of the information on the left.  

Direct link to this video: How to Get Online Research Help.

An overview of doing research from home.

Direct Link: Researching From Home.

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