Here are some helpful links and some information to get you started in the library. Whether you need help with research, a comfy place to study, or access to your course reserves, the University Library is the place for you!
Need help interpreting your assignment requirements? Not sure where to go to find resources on your research topic? Been searching for 15 minutes and haven’t gotten anywhere yet? It’s time to get help from a librarian! You can get help from a librarian in the following ways:
Chat - best for relatively quick questions that you need answered quickly
Email - for more complex questions, or when you don’t need an answer ASAP
In-person at the Research Help Desk - when you need to meet with a librarian face-to-face or to find something inside the library building
Phone - when you can’t come to campus and need to talk out your question with a librarian
By appointment - when your question is complex and you need more than 5 minutes with a librarian who is an expert in your subject
Sometimes your professor will put materials for your courses either online at the library or behind the check out desk at the library. Check the course reserves system to see if we have what you need. If we don’t have it, you can ask your professor if they can put a copy on reserve or you can check the University Bookstore.
Find a book
Go to the library’s homepage
Click on the tab for “Books & More”, type in your key word, and click “Search”
If you know the specific book you’re looking for, you can search by Author or Title (select these options in the drop down menu)
If you need to find a book on a certain topic, search by Keyword or Subject
On the next screen, select “Books” from the “Materials Type” drop down menu
If you need a book right away:
Access electronic books from anywhere with an internet connection and your CSUSM log in.
Find physical books can be on the 3rd-5th floors of the library by call number.
If you can wait a little bit (up to a week), use CSU+ to request books from another CSU library:
On the results page, select “Search Within: California State University collections” from the drop down menu
The results list will show items that are at CSUSM and also at other CSU libraries
For items at other libraries, sign in with your CSUSM account to request the items you are interested in.
After you request your items, you will receive an email when they are ready to be picked up at the CSUSM library check out desk (3-5 business days).
Need help? Stop by the Research Help Desk or chat with a librarian.
Find a scholarly article
If your professor is requiring “scholarly”, “academic”, “peer-reviewed”, “scientific”, or “research” articles, you will need to use an article database.
Select an article database by subject or search alphabetically if your professor has recommended a particular database.
Each database is a little bit different, but there will generally be an option that allows you to narrow down your search so you are retrieving mostly scholarly/academic articles.
Not sure if the article you found is scholarly? Watch the What is a Scholarly Article? Video from the Kimbel Library.
Still not sure? Ask a CSUSM Librarian!