Databases are extremely useful tools for finding peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as scholarly essays and chapters in eBooks.
Not sure which database to use?
Search for articles in OneSearch if you:
1) Have an interdisciplinary, experimental, or very specific topic and are having trouble finding articles in a database.
2) Have a topic in mind and are not sure which database would be best.
3) Know the title of the exact article you are looking for and need to find it.
Note: OneSearch does not search all databases, so you may miss some articles.
GoogleScholar searches the entire web for scholarly materials.
Downside of using Google Scholar:
Upsides of using Google Scholar:
How to get Google Scholar to recognize you are a Cal State LA Student:
If Google Scholar knows you are a Cal State LA student, you will see "Find it @ Cal State LA" links, pictured below.
If you are on-campus, access Google Scholar from the library home page to ensure you are connected to Cal State LA's articles.
If you are off-campus, access Google Scholar from the library home page. If you do not go through the library homepage, make sure you add Cal State LA to your institutions:
Peer-review means the journal publishes articles that have been reviewed by 3-5 experts over the course of 3-9 months.