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Library Databases

Choose the databases that best fit your topic for the best results. 

Spanish and Latin American Literature

Spanish Language & Linguistics

Japanese Language and Culture

Because Japanese majors have such diverse research topics, choose your databases from those recommended on the research guides that best match your topic: 

Multidisciplinary databases (good for many topics)
Academic OneFile  - interdisciplinary coverage of journals
Academic Search Premier (Ebsco) - useful for all topics
Google Scholar - indexes a large proportion of the scholarly literature in a wide range of research areas
JSTOR Retrospective Journal Collection - includes journals that focus on language

Interlibrary Loan

Finding Full-Text of Articles and Interlibrary Loan

Once you have located citations to journal articles, follow the "Find Text" button to determine whether the text of an article is available in the Library or through its databases. If you need articles not available in the library, CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use the Interlibrary Loan Request Form.

See also

CSUMB Library guides on:

Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals

Find Journals by Title

Books in the CSUMB Library

See also the CSUMB Library's guides on: Finding Book Reviews, Finding Primary Sources, Placing Holds & Recalls, and Renewing Books & Videos.

Books in the CSUMB Library

The CSUMB Library Catalog lists books and videos in the CSUMB Library.

The "search books, articles, and more" box on the library's home page can also be used to search for books, but it does not work well if your search terms include accents. 

Use the links below for quick lists:

books, videos, and audio CDs in Japanese
books, videos, and audio CDs in Spanish

books of and about the literature or fiction of Japan (also search by author's name and keywords)
books of and about the poetry or drama of Japan (also search by author's name and keywords)

books of and about the literature or fiction of Mexico (also search by author's name and keywords)
books of and about the poetry or drama of Mexico (also search by author's name and keywords)

books of and about the literature or fiction of Spain (also search by author's name and keywords)
books of and about the poetry or drama of Spain (also search by author's name and keywords)

Books at other libraries

CSU Union Catalog to search library catalogs of the 23 California State University campuses.

Also consider:
MOBAC Monterey Bay Regional Library Catalogs to search library catalogs in the Monterey Bay region
Melvyl to search library catalogs of the University of California
WorldCat to search library catalogs from around the world.

CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books found using the catalogs above.


Credible background information on countries:

CountryWatch - information, data and news on all countries

CIA World Fact Book - Background information compiled by the CIA on all nations of the world

World Bank Open Data - Data about development in countries around the world

Selected Websites

Gob.Mx - provided by the government of Mexico.

Governments on the WWW: Japan -- Mexico -- Spain - provided by Gunnar Anzinger.

Internet Resources for Latin America - provided by Molly E. Molloy, New Mexico State University Library.

Global Gateway: World Culture and Resources - provided by the Library of Congress.

J Guide: Stanford Guide to Japan Information Resources - provided by Stanford University.

Prime Minister of Japan - provided by the Cabinet Secretariat of Japan.

Language & linguistics websites

Ethnologue - An encyclopedic reference work cataloging the world's known living languages; provided by SIL International

The International Phonetic Alphabet - Provided by the International Phonetic Association

MLA Language Map - Map of languages spoken in the U.S.


Asian studies

AsiaSource includes categories: Arts & Culture, Business & Economics, Policy & Government, and Society & History; provided by the Asia Society

CiNii is a database service that enables searching of information on academic articles published in academic society journals or university research bulletins, or articles included in the National Diet Library's Japanese Periodicals Index Database.

Latin American studies

HLAS Online: Handbook of Latin American Studies search extensive bibliography of citations to scholarly publications about Latin America; provided by the Library of Congress

LANIC: Latin American Network Information Center search or browse extensive collection of links about Latin America; provided by the University of Texas at Austin

Citing Your Sources

MLA (Modern Language Association) Citation Style

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (CSUMB Reference Collection: REF LB 2369 .G53 2003).

Using MLA Format (Purdue U. Online Writing Lab)
MLA Style FAQ (MLA website)
Citation Styles Handbook: MLA (U. of Illinois)
Writer's Handbook -  MLA Style (U. of Wisconsin)

APA (American Psychological Association) Citation Style

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (CSUMB Reference Collection REF BF 76.7 .P83 2010)

APA Style (APA's web site)
Using APA Format (Purdue U. Online Writing Lab)
Citation Styles Handbook: APA (U. of Illinois)
Writer's Handbook - APA Style (U. of Wisconsin)

Databases with citation formatting

Many of the Library's databases offer automatic citation formatting tools for APA, MLA and other citation styles.

The automatic formatting tools are not always 100% accurate, so check your results carefully. If you are in doubt, compare your results with examples from the most recent version of the appropriate style manual.

Need Help With Your Research?

CSUMB Library Information Literacy Tutorials

These tutorials are completed by many CSUMB students as part of their lower-division coursework. They may be useful for transfer students or any student needing a refresher. 

Tutorial 1:

Choose a topic
Identify relevant search terms
Refine the topic

Tutorial 2:

Use the books and articles search
Perform a keyword search
Evaluate relevance of results

Tutorial 3:

Who writes about U.S. History
The peer review process
Structure of a research article
Primary/Secondary sources

Tutorial 4:

Select the best database(s) for your topic
Identify search terms and synonyms
Construct and use an effective search strategy
Identify peer-reviewed articles among results
Evaluate credibility, purpose, point of view

Ask a Librarian

Sarah Dahlen is the library's liaison to World Languages & Cultures. Once your senior capstone project has been approved, you may request a one-on-one, in-person consultation with her to explore relevant information resources. Pre-capstone research assistance from a librarian is available in a variety of ways.

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