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The mathematics research guide can guide you in finding relevant resources for your research such as journals and databases.

Background Sources

Sometimes it can be hard to know where to start, especially if you are unfamiliar with a topic. Encyclopedias and books, similar to Wikipedia, are good places to get a topic overview. Prefer print? Try searching OneSearch to locate one on your topic.

Refining OneSearch Results for E-Books

  1. Open OneSearch
  2. Choose your Initial Search Scope. Your best bet is to choose CSU Collections. It will allow you to see books available here at Cal State LA, along with books you can request from other CSU campuses.
  3. Type in what you are looking for in the search bar.
  4. Use the Refine my Results box on the left-hand side to filter your search.
    • For print books: Select Available in the Library under "Available at Cal State LA" and select Books under "Resource Type".
    • For e-books: Select Full-Text Online under "Available at Cal State LA" and select Books under "Resource Type"
  5. Narrow your search further with other filters on the left-hand side, including Date, Subject, or Author.

OneSearch Book Filters Screenshot

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