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BIOL 320: Writing for Biologists: Finding Library Resources

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To find resources start at the Library's Homepage www.calstatela.edu/library/
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Boolean Operators are connector words that can help you narrow or broaden a search. They include: AND, OR and NOT.

‣ AND narrows your search by only returning results that contain the keywords.

‣ OR broadens your search by returning results that either one of the keywords.

‣ NOT narrows your search by excluding all articles that contain the keyword.


  • Use Truncation (usually the asterisk * symbol) to search for variations of a keyword. For example: If searching for books on teaching you can type: teach* to find items that contain the words teach, teacher, teaching, etc.

  • Use Advanced Search to limit your search by publication type, date, language, etc.  For example: If searching for peer-reviewed articles after 2010, most databases have a limiter for peer-reviewed (scholarly) articles, as well as a date limiter.

Library Research Assistance

Need help?

Visit the Reference Desk in Library North, 1st floor.

In-depth research assistance is available M-F: 9am-6pm

Chat with a librarian 24/7

Peer-assisted Information Research (PAIR)

Receive help from highly-trained student reference assistants at the Writing Center. Available Week 3 - Week 10, M-Th: 12pm-6pm.

STEM Librarian

Ken Ryan
kryan@calstatela.edu
(323) 343-4943

John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300
323-343-3988