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If a reading is assigned from the CSU-Global Library it will be linked in your course. The Library does not collect textbooks assigned by your instructors. Oftentimes, the first week’s readings will be available in your course shell in the Course Information - Textbook Reserve folder. Visit the CSU-Global Bookstore to purchase textbooks for your courses.
To locate individual databases, click on “Collections” under the "Find It" dropdown. Here you can locate articles in a number of ways. You can also find your desired database from the A-Z Database list.
From the top right-hand side of the CSU-Global Library homepage click on Writing Center. Select the "APA Resources" button. Choose the "Templates & Examples" tab will lead you to a number of assignment templates.
CSU-Global provides students access to thousands of Ebook titles and we offer a number of ways to retrieve books. Search Quick Search from the library’s homepage or click “Find It” and then select the Ebooks link.
Peer review is a process used by experts to assess the validity, quality, and sometimes originality of articles for publication. Based on their assessment, scholars on a review panel can recommend publication within a specific peer-reviewed journal. Peer-reviewed articles and research are often considered to be the most authoritative analysis available in most disciplines.
Many library databases contain a combination of peer-reviewed articles and other articles of interest to professionals within a given field. To limit your search to only peer-reviewed articles, run an initial search in a specific database or Quick Search. Then, look for limiters (often on the left or right side of the screen) that offer the option to select “peer review”, “scholarly”, or “academic” sources. Sometimes, there will also be a limiter to find articles that contain references or a bibliography. Remember to evaluate any article from databases for peer-reviewed features (such as an abstract, references, etc).
Look for industry codes to single out which industry you want to research. For industry in the U. S., there are two coding systems: NAICS and SIC. Additionally, companies listed in the database Business Sources Complete should contain industry codes as well as industry information.
The CSU-Global Library’s website is mobile friendly, but many databases are easier to use on mobile devices via apps specifically developed by database vendors. Our A-Z database list includes mobile icons next to databases that have apps.
The CSU-Global Library created several tutorials to help you use EBSCO and ProQuest research databases. Other tutorials include Source Selection & Evaluation, a Library Tour, and Writing & Citing in APA.