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Expand your search to materials beyond CSULA and borrow books from other Cal States with CSU+, or libraries accros the country with InterLibrary Loan.
Books in the library are organized according to the Library of Congress classification system. Each book has a unique call number. They are organized so that similar subjects are next to each other on the shelf. When you find a book that you want in the library's catalog, write down the call number and location.
|Floor||Library North||Library South (Palmer Wing)|
|1st||Check out and Research Help||ITS Help Desk, Advisement, and Tutoring Center|
|2nd||A-H Books||Special Collections|
|3rd||J-QE Books||QH-TX Books|
|4th||U-Z and Children's Books|
Example: Find RC280 .B8 L58 1980b at the Chalon Library
Easy borrowing from other Cal State schools with CSU+
While CSU+ is the fastest and most convenient way to get books and DVDs we don't own at CSULA, the library also offers traditional Interlibrary loan to access books and electronic artciles from institutions all over the country.
The library keeps a copy of all the masters theses that have been written by CSULA students. Print copies prior to 2012 are available in Archives and Special Collections, and digital theses beginning Fall Quarter 2011 are available in the CSULA Digital Repository.
Search for theses and dissertations from CSULA and other universities using OneSearch
In addition, check out these databases of digital theses and dissertations:
Some textbooks are available for you to use in the library or online through Reserves. To see if your textbook is one of them, search OneSearch and change the drop down to course reserves. You can sort the list by clicking on the instructor or course.
Searching Google Books to Find Whether a Book Is Full-Text Online
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WorldCat is a global catalog of library collections. Open WorldCat--Let you find books near you by zip code. WorldCat--let you find books by library and request them via Interlibrary Loan.
Access from Library Database A-Z list, or from the library web homepage, click on Search Other Libraries.
Book reviews can be helpful in evaluating books or understanding how a book was received during its time. In this sense reviews of current and modern books can help you gain some understanding of interpretations of the book, the validity of the research, and how it fits in with the scholarship in the topic area it covers. Current reviews can easily be found using OneSearch and subject specific databases. Search for a title or author, or using your topic and narrowing to 'reviews'.
Reviews on books published in other time periods can help you understand how to book was received at the time and the views of the society that it belonged to. Reviewed published before the 1980's may require using an index either in print or online to discover.