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Graduate Student Workshop: Finding Books

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Searching for Books in the Library Catalog


Use One Search to locate books and other library materials by keyword.  If you're looking for a specific item you can search by title, author, etc using the advanced search.


After you have typed in your keywords and hit search, click on books on the left hand side of the screen under resource type to refine your search to just books and then click on apply filters.






E-book Collections

Finding Resources From a Citation

Finding a Resource from a Citation

Scholarly articles and books include a list of references/ resources that the author consulted when writing the work. These citations can either be listed at the end of the page in the case of footnotes or the end of the chapter or article.  Here is an example:

When trying to find the full text of a resource from the citation information, it is helpful to know what type of resource it is before trying to find the full text. 



Citations for books will generally list the place of publication and publisher distinguishing them from other types of resources.    

To find a book, try an advanced search in One Search using the title of the book or a title search in WorldCat.


Jahoda, G. (1993).Crossroads between culture and mind: Continuities and change in theories of human nature. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.



Citations for articles will generally list the year, volume, issue, and page numbers.

To find the full text of an article, start at the library homepage, click on the Google Scholar tab and copy and paste the citation information into the search box.  You can also try a basic search in One Search using the author's last name and a couple of words from the article title.


Shields, S. A., & Bhatia, S. (2009). Darwin on race, gender, and culture. American Psychologist64(2), 111-119. doi:10.1037/a0013502

About Interlibrary Loan

The Cal State LA Library does not have the book or article you need?  No problem.  We'll get it for you. Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request that we find the book or article at another library. 


  • What's it cost? Nothing, free service to students.
  • How long does it take? Somewhere between 3 working days and 2 weeks.
  • How long can I keep the book? That depends on the lending policy of the library usually 2 weeks. You will learn when the book is due when you pick it up.
  • Where do I pick up the book? At the Service Desk inside the main entrance to Library North.
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