How do I...?

How do I...?

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Welcome

This guide was developed to house answers to the most commonly-asked questions of librarians at CSUSM. Look along the left-hand side of the page to see if your question is answered here. If it isn't answered or if you have further questions after reviewing the tab, contact the Research Help Desk using the information provided to the right of the page.

...get the full text of an article?

...get the full text of an article?

HDI - get the full text of an article from Get it! at CSUSM

A search for articles in a CSUSM library database has been conducted. You would like to read the article in full.

  • There are different links that you may encounter in our databases which allow you to read the article in full, such as Get it! at CSUSMPDF Full Text, and HTML Full Text.
  • To demonstrate this, a search for an article is shown in the image below. Arrows on the image point out two of the possible links you might encounter: Get it! at CSUSM and PDF Full Text.

Image shows EBSCOhost results list with arrows pointing to , HTML Full Text, PDF Full text and Get it! at CSUSM


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your article shows a Get it! at CSUSM link follow these steps below. If you need PDF Full Text directions scroll down to the next section. 

 

  1. From the article entry OR from the list of article results: Click on the Get it! at CSUSM link.  Note: This is a three click process.  

EBSCOhost title showing arrow pointing to Get it! at CSUSM icon at title level.

 

  1. You will now be directed to the CSUSM library catalog (shown in image below). 
    • Our system works to locate a database that will provide you access to a full text copy of your article.
    • Note: occasionally there is NO FULL TEXT available.  If so, you can request the full text article via InterLibrary Loan.
    • You will see "Full Text Available at:" besides the databases that provide full text to the articles.
  2. Make your second click on the database link provided. You will be taken to an article entry in the named database. 

EBSCOhost result after clicking on the Get it! at CSUSM, shows link to a database that offers

 

3. From the named database article entry, locate a PDF Full text icon. Click three is on the PDF icon to download a copy of the article in full text. Congratulations, you now have the full text of your desired article.

Image shows database result for article, arrow indicated where to click to obtain full text

 

 


 

Get full text of an article from the PDF Full Text link

If your article shows a PDF Full Text link follow the steps below. 

  1. From the article entry OR from the list of article results: Click on the PDF Full Text link. This will download a PDF full text copy of the article for your use.
     
    Image shows article result with the icon to get full text, arrow indicates where to click to get article

 

  1. A second method of obtaining the Full text of the PDF is to click on the title of the article.  You will see the PDF Full Text link on the left hand side.  
    Image shows article entry with PDF Full text link, arrow points to link on left hand side of screen

 

 

...get an article if the results page says "no full text" available?

...get an article if the results page says "no full text" available?

HDI - no full text

A search for articles in the CSUSM Library catalog (OneSearch) has been conducted, but the full text of the article you want isn't available.  To get the article anyway, follow the steps below:

1. When you're searching in the catalog and think the full text of an article isn't available, first make sure you're logged in with your CSUSM Username and Password.

Image displaying sign in button in OneSearch

2. Once you're signed in, if there is no full text available, the results page will display a "Get It" box with different options:

Image displaying an article result in OneSearch

3. At this point, you have two different options:

  • Search for the article in Google
  • Request the article through InterLibrary Loan.

4. Searching for the article in Google:

  • Clicking on the link for "This might be available via Google" will open a new tab in Google Scholar that displays results related to the article you're interested in. The article might be availble through Google -- look to see if there is a [PDF] icon next to the individual results.

5. Request the article through InterLibrary Loan:

However, chances are that the full text of the article isn't available in Google. In this case:

  • Click on the link for "Request this item."
  • Sign in to the Interlibrary Loan system (you may have to register if you've never requested anything before).
  • The item information will be filled out for you in the interlibrary loan screen.
  • Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the button for "Submit Request."

6. Then you're done! You will receive the PDF of the article in a couple of days through your CSUSM email address.

...request a specific article if I can't find it at all in the library databases?

...request a specific article if I can't find it at all in the library databases?

HDI - manual ILL

If you've searched in the library databases and catalog and are unable to locate the full text of an article, you can manually enter the information into our InterLibrary Loan system and we will attempt to obtain the item for you.

1. Make sure you have as much of the following information as possible:

  • article title
  • author name(s)
  • year published
  • inclusive pages
  • journal title
  • volume and issue number
  • DOI

2. Then, access the CSUSM Interlibrary Loan system:

Image showing Interlibrary Loan link under Quick Links on CSUSM Library website

3. Log in to the system with your CSUSM ID/password. If you've never requested an item before, you'll have to register for an account.

4. In the menu on the left hand side of the page, click on the link for the type of item you are trying to request.

Image displaying new request options in the CSUSM Library interlibrary loan system

5. On the next screen, enter as much information as possible. Items marked with an asterisk are required in order to process the request.

6. Once you've entered all the citation information, make sure to scroll down and click on the button to "submit request".

Image showing the

7. You're done! You will receive updates about your request through your CSUSM email address. If we are able to locate your item, you will receive a PDF in 2-3 business days. If we need more information, we'll contact you to learn more.

...get the full text article from Google Scholar CSUSM?

...get the full text article from Google Scholar CSUSM?

HDI-Google Scholar

  1. Be sure to access Google Scholar @ CSUSM from our library database list.

  • When you're off-campus, Google Scholar will not automatically recognize you as a student with access to full text articles. Use the link above or find the Google Scholar @ CSUSM link on the library databases list to ensure you have access to full text articles.

Image of the main library website with a call out box pointed at the databases: by title link. Call out box reads,

Image of section

 

2. After typing in your search terms, look for the "Get it at CSUSM" links.

  • The "Get it @ CSUSM" links will either be located on the right side of the article title or it will be hidden behind the ">>" symbol below the article information. See both examples below. Clicking on the link will route you back into the library website to find the full text.

Image of and item in the Google Scholar search results that shows the

Image of a Google Scholar result with no

Image of Google Scholar result item with the

...find books or articles put on reserve by my professor?

...find books or articles put on reserve by my professor?

HDI-course reserves

  1. To find books, articles, and physical media put on reserve by your professor for a specific course, click the "Course Reserves" link from the main library homepage.

(Note: Most electronic media reserves will be also be available in your Cougar courses.)

Image of the library website homepage with the

 

2. This will bring you to a list, organized alphabetically, of those courses with items on reserve at the library. You can either browse for your course by using the alphabet across the top of the page, or you can use the search box to search by course number, course name, or instructor name.

Image of the course reserves screen on the library website with the alphabet highlighted by a callout box for course browsing and the search box highlighted by a callout box.

 

3. Once you find your course, click on it. You will be asked to sign in with your CSUSM username and password before being brought to the landing page for your course reserves.

Image of course page for reserves items with the callout box text pointing to items and reading,

 

...find a specific article in our library databases?

...find a specific article in our library databases?

HDI - find a specific article in our library database

Follow these steps to find a known article in our library's collections.

  1. Go to the library's website, biblio.csusm.edu
     
  2. Under the OneSeach bar you will find a link called "Looking for a specific article?" Click on the link to launch a form.

Image showing search bar with highlight showing looking for a specific article link

 

3. Once you open the form you will be asked for information to locate the article. 

  • One way to locate it is to type the exact name of the article title and name of the journal into the form. 
  • The second is to provide the digital object identifier (DOI) number in the form.

Image shows the citation linker form, highlighted areas to be filled out such as title, journal, or DOI#

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Below shows filling out the article title, journal name, and the year of publication. Hit submit to perform search for the article.  

Image shows citation linker form with known article title, journal name, and date of publication filled out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. If you know the digital object identifier number, enter this as shown. Hit submit to perform search for the article.  

    Image shows the citation linker form with DOI number filled out

     

 

 

 

6. Once you hit submit, the computer searches for a match.  Here we show you an entry for an article with two options for obtaining full text of the article. Click one of the hyperlinked database collections to view article.

Image shows the results of a search using the citation linker, article title with link to the databases providing access are shown

 

7. If you are met with the message that we DO NOT have the article, you will be provided with an option to request the title via Inter Library Loan
(To do this, first make sure you're signed in with your CSUSM ID/password - then follow the steps in this guide on Requesting an article in full-text.)

 

 

...find a specific book in our library catalog?

...find a specific book in our library catalog?

HDI - Title search for book

Follow the steps shown in the sample below to search for your book title.

  1. Search the catalog from the library's homepage, biblio.csusm.edu 
     
  2. From the OneSearch bar, select "Books & More" as shown below.
    Image shows library search bar with books & more selected

     

  3. Be sure to change the dropdown to the right of the search bar.  Make sure it is a TITLE search.
    Image shows the search bar with books & More and also Title selected for searching

     

  4. In the white search box type the TITLE of your book.  Take care that you have the correct title and spelling.  Click the SEARCH button.
    Image shows library search bar with I am Mala as a title search, also shown is where to click search

     

  5. Once the catalog completes its search for your book title you will EITHER see a list of results, OR be told we don't own that title.  If we do have the book, you will either be given a call number with the physical location the book is located at or be given a link to click on if it is an ebook.

 

  • If you don't see the title you are looking for at the CSUSM library, your next step would be to see if it is available at one of the other CSUs and order it to be sent here through CSU+.  If it's not available through CSU+, you can then attempt to get it through InterLibrary Loan.   If you need assistance with either of these steps, a librarian will be happy to help.

     

Image shows a result for the search on book title I am Malala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. To view more details about your book title, click on the hyperlinked title.

Image shows the detailed record for I am Malala book title search, details such as call number and floor are shown

 

7. The search results and detailed record for the title show that this title is held in two locations, in the 4th floor stacks and at the reserves desk.  
 

8. To obtain the book, record the floor (books are located on 4th & 5th floors), and the call number, here this is shown as LC2330 .Y69 2013b.  The call number is needed to find the title on the shelves. 

9. View the university library map showing location of books on each floor. For this title look at the 4th floor and where the books beginning with the call number L are located.    
 

10. Once you locate the book bring it down to the 3rd floor check out desk in the library. For your convenience, view our policies for borrowing books & media at CSUSM. 
 

11. If you need assistance - Ask a librarian

...request a physical book through CSU+?

...request a physical book through CSU+?

HDI-CSU+

For directions on how to search for books, please see: How do I find a Specific Book in our Library?

 

If you locate a book via the OneSearch catalog and it states “Print version not available in the library” you can order the book via CSU+

Print Version is not Available in the Library

CSU+ is a library borrowing service that includes all 23 CSU campus libraries. It takes approximately 2-5 days to receive books from CSU+. You may need to sign in on the book record page in order to fully see the CSU+ Request button.

May Need to Sign In

To request your book via CSU+, click on the Request from CSU Libraries: CSU+

 Request from CSU Libraries: CSU+

The OneSearch catalog will then search the CSU holdings for a copy of the book you are requesting.

 

If there are no copies available please fill out an Interlibrary Loan Request. See: How do I request a physical book via Interlibrary Loan?

 

If a copy of your book is available at a CSU campus, the CSU+ request area will show a green dot and “Item available for request.”

 

At the bottom right hand corner of the box, click the green REQUEST button.

Search the CSU holdings

 

The box will then say “Request Placed.”

Request Placed

You will be notified via email when the book is received by the library and you can pick the book up at the 3rd floor Circulation desk. Don’t forget your Student ID card.

 

If you need to view your CSU+ requests, please go to My Account (left hand side of the main CSUSM Library web page)

 

CSUSM Library My Account

 

CSUSM Library My Account Full View

...request a physical book through Interlibrary Loan?

...request a physical book through Interlibrary Loan?

HDI-ILL

For directions on how to search for books, please see: How Do I Find A Specific Book in our Library Catalog?

 

If you locate a book via the OneSearch catalog and it states “Print version not available in the library” you can order the book via Interlibrary Loan.

Print Version is not Available for InterLibrary Loan

First, you should try to order the book via CSU+ since books ordered via CSU+ arrive quicker than books ordered through Interlibrary Loan. See: How do I request a physical book through CSU+?

 

If the book is not available via CSU+, you can order it via Interlibrary Loan.

 

Interlibrary Loan is a worldwide Library borrowing system. Various types of materials can be available via Interlibrary Loan. It takes approximately 2-10 days to receive books from Interlibrary Loan.

 

Click on “Request this Item.” A new page will open.

Interlibrary Loan Request This Item

Click on the link that matches your CSUSM identity: Student, Faculty, or Guest.

ILL Login CSUSM Identity

Enter your Student ID and password. Press Login.

Interlibrary Loan Login Page

 

A request form for the book should appear with certain fields already filled in.

Double check that all required fields (indicated by a red asterisk) are completed and change any fields needed.

Interlibrary Loan Request Page

 

Press “Submit Request” at the bottom of the page.

Interlibrary Loan Submit Request

You will be directed to the Interlibrary Loan Menu page. It will have verification of your Interlibrary Loan Request at the top of the page. If verification does not appear, your request did not go through. Try your request again.

Interlibrary Loan Menu Page

 

You will be notified via email when the book is received by the library and you can pick the book up at the 3rd floor Circulation desk. Don’t forget your Student ID card.

 

If you would like to view your Interlibrary Loan requests, please go to My Account (top Left Hand Corner of the main Library page) and click on Interlibrary Loan.

 

On the Interlibrary Loan Account page, you will be able to view requests, make new manual requests, and view checked out items. Make sure to logoff after you have completed your use of your Interlibrary Loan Account.

Interlibrary Loan Menu Page with Arrows

To Login to your Interlibrary Loan Account when you are NOT requesting an item, go to the main CSUSM Library website. There are two ways to view your Interlibrary Loan Account. You will need to login with your Student ID and password.

1. Click My Account at the top of the Page and in that menu, click Interlibrary Loan Account

Getting To ILL Account via My Account

 

2. On the main CSUSM Library website under Quick Links, there is a button to go to your Interlibrary Loan Account.

Getting to ILL account via Quick Links

...know if a journal article is scholarly (peer-reviewed)?

...know if a journal article is scholarly (peer-reviewed)?

HDI - Know if an article is scholarly (peer-reviewed)?

There are several ways to determine whether or not an article is scholarly or peer-reviewed.

1) One way to know that an article is scholarly or peer-reviewed is if the database give a visual indication as to whether an article is scholarly.  For example, the second image below, indicates that the article is scholarly, unlike the first image, which indicates it is from a periodical that is not peer-reviewed.

It's important to note, however, that this visual indication does not definitively mean the article is peer-reviewed.  In fact, some articles published in peer-reviewed journals may not actually be peer-reviewed. For example, book reviews, editorials, and news items do not undergo the same review process as research articles. Therefore, even if the database gives a visual indication that the article is from a peer-reviewed or scholarly journal you still need to ask the questions given below to ensure that it is a scholarly journal article.

 

This image shows a non peer-reviewed database article.

This image shows a peer reviewed article in the database

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2) The purpose of a scholarly article is to inform and disseminate original research to scholars. Readers should ask the following questions when trying to determine if an article is scholarly (peer-reviewed):

  • Who are the authors?: Generally researchers or scholars in the academic discipline and/or field.

Authors in a Scholarly Article

  • How is it written?: Scholarly articles contain vocabulary that is technical and specialized according to discipline; audience is generally scholarly peers in that field of study.

Vocabulary in a scholarly article

  • What does it look like?: Scholarly articles may include quantitative data in the form of graphs, charts, and tables supporting research; delineated sections: abstract, literature review, methodology, results, conclusion, and bibliography.

 

Format of a scholarly article

  • How are the sources cited?: Scholarly aticles contain an extensive bibliography and footnotes which are formatted according to research discipline (e.g. MLA - Humanities; APA - Social Sciences, CSE - Sciences).

Cited sources in a scholarly article.

...know if a research article is empirical?

...know if a research article is empirical?

HDI - know if a research article is empirical?

Empirical research draws from observed or measured phenomena and derives knowledge from actual experimentation or observation. Empirical research articles are considered original, primary research. In these types of articles, readers will generally find the following sections organized by IMRaD format (Introduction, Method, Results, and Discussion).

  • (I)ntroduction: Includes the research hypotheses and the literature review (current research on or related to the topic).

Introduction section of an empirical article

  • (M)ethods: How the research was conducted, including participants, research design, and measures used.

Method section of an empirical article

  • (R)esults: What did researchers learn from their study/experiment--this section may include statistical data and research participant quotes.

Results section of an empirical article

  • (D)iscussion:  Research conclusions that state why the study was important and its impact on future research and/or practices.

Discussion section of an empirical article

Also check out:

How to find an empirical research article in PsycInfo (video).

If you need additional assistance, please ask a librarian.

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