RSCH 200: UROC Research and Writing

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Short videos: Using the library's research databases

These short videos will help you understand how to use the library's subject-specific and multidisciplinary research databases to find scholarly articles relevant to your research topics

Search Statements (4:33)
Databases pt. 1 (4:22)
Databases pt. 2 (4:28)
Full Text (3:20)

Using the books and articles search

These short videos will help you understand how to use the books and articles search on the library homepage. The content of these videos may be review if you took Information Literacy Tutorials 1 and 2 in First Year Seminar. 

Books and Articles Search pt. 1 (5:00)
Books and Articles Search pt. 2 (2:03)


Find Books at CSUMB and Beyond

First try...

Searching for 'Books by Title / Author / Keyword' via the drop down box at If your search does not lead to any useful resources available on campus click the 'Other Cal State Campuses' box on the right. Clicking 'We'll get a copy for you in 3-5 days' will allow you to request a book from another Cal State campus via Interlibrary Loan

If You're Still in Search of the Right Book Try...

WorldCat, which has over 1 billion books, videos, maps, etc. Books found via Worldcat can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Locate articles

The Articles and Databases page is a good place to begin searching for articles.

If you have a specific journal in mind, you may also consult the CSUMB Journals List for a list of journals available at CSUMB.

Slides from library overview session

Annotated bibliographies

How to prepare an annotated bibliography (from Cornell University)
Annotated Bibliographies (Purdue OWL)
Annotated Bibliographies (UNC Chapel Hill)

Literature Reviews

Academic Writing: Reviews of the Literature
The Literature Review: A Few Tips on Conducting It


MLA (Modern Language Association)

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

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


APA (American Psychological Association)

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (CSUMB Reference Collection REF BF 76.7 .P82 2001)

Electronic Reference Formats (APA's web site)
Using APA Format (Purdue U. Online Writing Lab)
Citation Styles Handbook: APA (U. of Illinois)
Writer's Handbook - Citing Electronic Sources APA Style (U. of Wisconsin)
APA Citation Guide (Ohio State)

Chicago/Turabian Style Guide

Chicago Manual of Style (CSUMB Reference Collection: REF Z253 .U69 2003)

Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate Turabian (CSUMB Reference Collection: REF LB 2369 .T8 1996 ).

Chicago Manual of Style FAQ
Chicago Manual of Style Citation Guide (Ohio State U.)

American Chemical Society (ACS) Style

ACS (American Chemical Society) Style Manual : REF QD8.5 .A25 1997
This guide from the American Chemical Society (ACS) provides information on citing chemistry documents, as well as suggestions on writing style, sentence structure, etc.
See also these Web sites for how to cite references using the ACS style guidelines:
ACS Style Guide from Williams College
Writing Tools: ACS Style Guidelines from University of Wisconsin

More general guidelines may be found in the CSUMB Library's How to Cite Internet & Print Resources

Council of Scientific Editors (CSE) Style

Scientific style and format : the CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers : REF T11.S386 2006
This guide from the Council of Scientific Editors (CSE) provides both citation and writing style guidelines for the sciences and related fields.
See also these Web sites for how to cite references using the CSE/CBE style guidelines:
CSE Citation Examples from Dakota State University
Documenting Sources: CSE Style from
Examples for Citing Internet Resources using CSE Style Guidelines from Weber State University Library
Try SourceAid Citation Builder to format your citation on the fly. Be sure to check the results carefully.

Useful Tools

Note: if you are using the main books, articles and more search on the library homepage, you will find automatically-generated citations in APA, MLA, and Chicago. After doing a search click the title of an item and the citations will appear on the right side of the screen. Then, just copy and paste.

Tools for creating citations:

KnightCite - APA, MLA or Chicago


Tools for creating citations and keeping track of useful articles:



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