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How-to guides

New to college-level research or CSUDH? Use the how-to videos, tutorials, and handouts on this page to start and finish your research project! If you need help at any part of the research process, ask a librarian!

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Choose a Topic

First, choose and develop a topic you're interested in!

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Mapping Your Research Ideas

 A visual tool for narrowing a research topic, generating ideas, and asking questions.

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Turn Questions into Keywords

A brief video from UCLA on brainstorming keywords for your search strategy.

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Choosing a Topic

A brief video about the research process with tips on choosing a research topic.

Preview of Choosing a Topic handout.
Choosing a Topic

Suggestions and questions to ask for formulating a research topic for your assignment.


Use Search Tools

Use online and library search tools to explore your topic and find sources.

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A short video on using OneSearch to find books and articles available through the library.

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A quick tutorial on using OneSearch to find library materials with hands-on practice.

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Finding the Full Text

How to find the full text of an article in CSUDH Library's OneSearch.

OneSearch results for climate change with my favorites pins highlighted.
Saving Your Results in OneSearch

How to save searches and items in CSUDH Library's OneSearch.

Preview of Choosing a Library Database video.
Choosing a Library Database

Find a list of library databases and filter by subject to find database for your topic or major.

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Searching in a Library Database

How to use keywords and connectors to search in a library database.

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OneSearch v. a Subject Database

A flow chart of when to use OneSearch or a specialized library database.

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Advanced Database Searching

An infographic for using AND, OR, NOT keyword connectors in a library database.

Preview of Connecting to Google Scholar video.
Google Scholar

 Use the cite, cited by, and CSUDH Library link features in Google Scholar.

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Citation Tracking in Google Scholar

Find relevant studies in references and using "Cited by" in Google Scholar.

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How to find research articles in PubMed through the CSUDH Library.


How Do I Find...

Looking for a specific kind of source? 

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Peer-reviewed Articles

A quick guide to finding scholarly, peer-reviewed journals in library databases using filters.

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Books & eBooks

A quick guide to finding books in the library, including online textbooks and course reserves.

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Statistics and .Gov Sources

Searching in Google using to find government web pages and statistics.

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Legal Research

Find primary and secondary legal sources in WestLaw and Google Scholar.

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Chemical Information

Find chemical information and secondary sources in SciFinder.

Preview of Finding Tests and Measures video.
Tests and Measures

Find tests and measures to use for a research project in PsycTESTS.

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Search Strategies for Job Seekers

 Tips on how to research jobs using keywords, filters, and algorithms.

Preview of Company Research video.
Company Research

Find company information through Google and SWOT analyses in a library database.

Preview of Gerth Archives Primary Source Research and Discovery Guide
Primary Sources

An introduction to identifying, finding, and analyzing primary sources at CSUDH and online.

Educational Materials

How to find lesson plans through repositories, member organizations, and books.


Read & Evaluate Sources

What makes the information you find credible? What about scholarly?

Preview of All About Peer Review guide.
All About Peer Review

+ + A mix of resources about peer review and reading research articles.

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Anatomy of a Research Article

A brief guide to the parts of a research article. Focus on the abstract and the discussion.

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Evaluating Information

A tutorial on evaluating information, including popular and scholarly, peer-review sources.

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Avoiding Cognitive Bias

Examples of cognitive bias and information practices.

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Evaluating Web Sources

Questions to evaluate web sources based on audience, purpose, and evidence.

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Fact Checking

A method for fact-checking specific claims for accuracy called "4 Moves & a Habit."

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Anatomy of a News Article

Look for context in a news article, such as the author, byline, and dateline.

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Ways to Use Sources

Ways to use sources in a research project for background, evidence, argument, or method.

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A brief overview of the guiding principles of Wikipedia and how to evaluate the quality of an article. 


Cite & Write About Your Research

Use and cite sources in your paper! 

Preview of CSUDH Library Citation Guide

Guides for using citation styles such as APA and MLA.

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Why Do We Cite

 How, when, and why should you include citations in a research paper.

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Literature Reviews

 Tips for writing a literature review that is more than just a summary.

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Literature Reviews

Tips for finding and using sources in a literature review.

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Annotated Bibliographies

Introduction to the purpose and conventions of annotated bibliographies.


Advanced Research

Preview of citation management guide.
Citation Management

Guides for using database account and citation management software.

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Research Methods

 Differences between quantitative versus qualitative research with examples.

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Journal Metrics

 An overview of various metrics to determine the impact of a particular journal.

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Test Measurement

 Steps in the develop process to determine the validity and reliability of a test instrument.

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Systematic Reviews

Introduction to finding and conducting systematic or integrative reviews.