English 0800 & 0900 series

Search Strategy

Remember to ASK if you need help:
Library home page: http://library.csueastbay.edu
Subject guides: Use the tab in the center of the home page, select your subject, and click "Go."
Ask us: chat (24/7), chat, email, phone, or come to the reference desk.

Principles of searching
  • gather the information you need/want
  • keep away the information or "noise" you don't want

Think and Plan

Assignment calculator:  http://library.csueastbay.edu/calc/freecalc/index.php
Owl at Purdue:  http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/

Find and Evaluate

Questions to help you evaluate:  Choose Evaluate Print Sources or Evaluate Web Sources from the left navigation bar.

Key Areas on the Library Home Page

  • Library catalog is a database of materials available through the University Libraries - books, media, some journal titles - that you can access on campus or home.
  • Databases A-Z lists our subscription databases that you can access from campus or home. From home, you will need to "authenticate," that is, enter your net ID and password.
  • Find books - just type in your keyword word and see what results you get
  • Find articles - choose how you'll search this site. Quick Search works like "Find Books"; journal title brings up a list; "search by subject" takes you to the subject guide for the discipline
  • Find books and articles - a new service that combines the two, searching the catalog and some of our databases
  • Subject Guides - also takes you to the subject guide for the discipline
  • Citing Your Sources - gives you places to go to learn about citation (you can also view the tutorials on the left navigation bar)

The Catalog

Reserve materials
  • Search by course or search by professor's name.
Other materials
  • If you don't have a specific title, you can start with a Word Search
For e-books, click "connect." At home, you will need to enter your login and password.
For print books, look on the shelves. To do that, you need three things:
  • the location (book stacks, reference, etc.)
  • the call number
    • read it "line by line" within the line before
    • the period is a decimal point, so that .S45 falls between .S4 and .S5
  • the status (on the shelf, DUE date, etc.)
If the book is not in the catalog or not "on the shelf," repeat search in LINK+" to see if another library has the book.


Examples: Britannica Online, CQ Researcher, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, ProQuest Newspapers
Use the "Subject Guides" to find subject-specific databases to use. Base your choice of subject guide on your topic, not your class. For example, if you are in an English class, but writing about the Civil War, you would use a general database or a history database.

Some databases have full text, some have some full text, some have no full text.
Use SFX or Find text to see if the full text for something you want is in another database.

Click on the title to reach the title/abstract page. Read the abstract or summary of what's in an article to figure out if you want to read the whole article.

The Web

Find information through a search engine. Examples:
NOTE: about Wikipedia: as anyone can change wikipedia, this is NOT authoritative, no matter how useful it is. You need to verify the information you find there in another source. Like wikipedia, things can change in an instant and many sites are not reliable, so evaluate and verify information in another source.


Click on "Cite Your Sources" on the right side of the library home page
View the tutorials on citation (see the left navigation bar under tutorials)
Note:  there are other tutorials as well.

Don't forget to Ask Us -- chat, email, phone, in person

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