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Special Education, Counseling, and School Psychology

Searching the Library Catalog

Search OneSearch, the Cal State LA Library Catalog for books and other library materials by keyword (recommended) or if you're looking for a specific item you can search by title, author, etc. 

When you find one book in the library catalog that looks useful, review the subject terms that are listed in the book's record.  Click on the link for any subject term that looks relevant to view other books in the library also on that subject. 

Some useful subject headings are:  

Educational counseling.


Student counselors.

School psychology.

Cross-cultural counseling.

Special education - California.

Children with disabilities -  Education.

Special education teachers.

Search Tips: Finding Books

  • Use the "Advanced Search" option within the online catalog.


  • Identify and brainstorm the keywords and concepts relevant to your search--usually noun concepts and their synonyms.
    Example: If you're researching the topic of "academic achievement," related terms may be "student success" or "academic progress" or "student achievement."


  • Use Boolean operators to link key words for searching. 
    To narrow a search to an exact topic, link major concepts with the Boolean operator "AND."
    Example: If searching for books on issues dealing with mothers in the workforce, search for "mothers" AND "work", or "mothers" AND "workforce", or "mothers" AND "labor market".

    To expand a search to retrieve more results, link synonyms or related concepts with the Boolean operator "OR."
    Example: If searching for books on issues dealing with teen-age addicts, search for "teenager" OR "teens" OR "young adult" OR "adolescent," and "addiction" OR "drugs" OR "alcoholism."


  • Use truncation to search for all variations of a key word.                                                                            

Example: If searching for books on teaching search for "teach*", typing an asterisk or star symbol (*) at the end of the root "teach."  This will find books that mention "teach," "teacher," and "teaching", all of which may be relevant to your research.


Other Libraries

Want to search for items at other libraries near you?  

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