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Cite Your Sources

For general guidance with citation

The OWL at Purdue: APA and MLA styles. A complete guide, including in-text citations, paper formatting and works cited pages.

Assemble a list of works cited [North Carolina State University]: All styles. A description of citation and clickable links to examples.

For more detailed help, check out our Citation LibGuide.

Free citation tools

BibMe
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NoodleTools Express
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Zotero
A free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

Get It If We Don't Have It

Get a book

Library Catalog
Start with the library catalog to see if the library owns it. (Note: when looking up materials in the library catalog, make sure that your spelling is correct if you are searching by Author, Title, Keyword, Subject or Call Number).

CSU+
CSU+ is a free interlibrary loan service students, faculty and staff may use to borrow books that are checked out or not available at the CSUEB Libraries. Books may be requested from any of the 22 other campuses of the California State University. Books are usually delivered within 2-4 days.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
If the item isn't in the library catalog then you can request the title via InterLibrary Loan (ILL).

Log on and fill out the request form. To make sure that you get the requested item as quickly as possible, give as much of the publication information as possible including: Author, Title, Publisher, Date and Place of Publication.

Search for the book in other Bay Area libraries.

Get the full-text of a scholarly journal article

While searching in one of the Libraries' databases, click on Check SFX for more information or FindText or SFX.

A new window will open, there are three possibilities:

  • Full text online Yay! Click on this link to access full-text.
  • Check for location of CSUEB print copy Click on this to find out if the library owns a PRINT copy of the journal article. Look for the CALL NO., write down the article information (journal title, author, year, volume, pages) and head to the second floor of the library, the PERIODICALS section.
  • Request it through Cal State East Bay Interlibrary Loan (see above). Click on this to request the article from another library. Cost: Free Article arrives: 2 days – 2 weeks

Find a Journal Article

Use the Subject Guides to see what databases our subject specialists have identified as pertinent to a discipline or go to the Research Databases list and sort by Subject.

When you have identified a database you would like to search, use keywords, descriptive words, or subject words to help identify relevant articles. If possible, limit your search to "peer-reviewed" or "academic" journals.

Find a specific article or journal title

When you already know the citation information (author, article title, journal title, date of publication, volume number), you can look for a specific journal article in the CSUEB Library catalog.

Find an Online Book

  • Do a search for your topic in the Library Catalog
  • In the Refine your Results panel, select "eBooks" in the Resource Type section

Most of the eBooks use the Ebrary or Netlibrary or Safari platform. Ebrary will require installation of the Ebrary Reader to view books; just follow the directions. You may call the Library Reference Desk at (510) 885-3765 if you encounter difficulties.

Find Streaming Videos

Find all streaming videos

  • Do a search for "streaming videos" in the Library Catalog
  • In the Refine my Results panel, select "Streaming video" in the Resource Type section

Find streaming video for a particular topic

  • Do a search for your topic in the Library Catalog
  • In the Refine my Results panel, select "Streaming video" in the Resource Type section

We also subscribe to the video databases Films on Demand and Kanopy Streaming. You can access these databases in the Databases A-Z page, and search for your subject to find videos that you can add to your online projects or stream in class.

Start Your Research

Reference sources can provide a general overview of a topic. They can help you identify key issues, controversies and facts about a topic. Use the bibliography or works cited to find other relevant & authoritative sources.

Find reference books in the Library catalog

Print reference sources

  • Do a search for the broad topic, for example, use "Education" instead of "mainstreaming"
  • In the Refine my Results panel, select "Reference Entries" in the Resource Type section and "Available in the Library" in the Available at CSUEB section

Online reference books

  • Do a search for the broad topic, for example, use "Education" instead of "mainstreaming"
  • In the Refine my Results panel, select "Reference Entries" in the Resource Type section and "Full-text online" in the Available at CSUEB section

Find reference sources in library databases

Subject Guides

For more ideas about places to start your research, check out the Libraries' Subject Guides.