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Electronic Resources Training

Types of Electronic Resources

Electronic resources consist of a variety of types.  Below is a brief overview of the types of electronic resources we have in the Library. 

Resource Type

Brief Description


Publisher Journal Package

Academic journal packages are generally published by university presses and well-known academic publishers, such as, Oxford University Press, Wiley.

  • Oxford University Press Journals Online
  • Wiley Online Library
  • Sage Premier Collection

Aggregator Databases

An aggregator database collates and indexes many resources including full-text journal articles, index/abstract journal articles, images,  magazine and newspaper articles, etc.

  • EBSCO Academic Search Complete
  • Proquest ABI/Inform

Non-article databases

These databases are not article-based.  There are a variety of non-article-based databases, such as, statistical databases, financial databases, investment databases, image/media databases, etc.  

  • IBISWorld
  • Value Line
  • SimplyAnalytics
  • ArtStor

Newspapers (single paper or aggregated)

Newspaper databases can be a single newspaper database or aggregated newspaper databases

  • New York Times
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Global Newsstream

Single Subject Databases

Some databases cover only a single subject area, and most of this type of databases are journal packages. 

  • APS (American Physical Society) Journals
  • AnthroSource

Single Journal

In addition to journal packages in publishers and aggregators databases, there are single journals that we subscribe to.

  • The Journal of economic history
  • Harvard educational review

eBook Packages

Currently most ebook packages are subscription-based from the Chancellor’s Office.  All ebooks are searchable in OneSearch. 

  • GVRL
  • eBook Central (Proquest)

Individual Purchased eBooks

The Library also purchases ebooks individually in all subjects.  To find individual ebooks, use OneSearch

Open Access eBooks

About 160,000 open access ebooks are available for access using OneSearch.

Open-Access Journals

Journal access made available by various open access sources

  • Directory of Open Access Journals

Media Databases

Similar to those non-article-based databases, media databases include image databases, music databases, video databases, etc.

  • AnatomyTV
  • Films on Demand
  • AVON
  • Music Online

Library Access from Off-Campus

When you access library electronic resources from off-campus, you need to use one of the following methods.

1.  Campus VPN  (Recommended)

Setting up VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your personal computer allows students, faculty, and staff to access library resources from off-campus.

  • Download the VPN client 
  • Once VPN is installed on your computer, you turn it on by clicking the Connect button (shown below).


2.  EZProxy Login  (Default)

When you are off-campus and click on library electronic resources, you will be prompted to login using the EZProxy screen (shown below). Login using your MyCalStateLA ID username and password.


Please note:

  • Place your MyCalStateLA ID account username (e.g. lsmith8) in the user name box. Do not include as part of your username.
  • If you don't know your MyCalStateLA username and password, please go to the myCalStateLA page and click on "Forgot Password."
  • If you experience difficulty in recovering your ID username and password, please contact the ITS Help Desk at or 323-343-6170.

Linking to Library Resources

What Are Permanent Links and Why Do I Want Them?

Permanent links, also called durable links, are internet addresses or URLs that remain consistent and do not change over time. For example, our library home page can always be reliably reached at because it is a permanent link. By using a permanent link to items like full-text articles or videos in databases allows you to share the resource without worrying about the link breaking.

Creating Permanent Links from OneSearch Results

From the OneSearch Results:

Click the PERMALINK option right above the book or article title. An example is shown below:
Screenshot of Permalink Option in OneSearch

Creating Permalinks in Individual Databases

For articles, media, and datasets you found in an individual database, you will need to add the campus EZProxy prefix ( The proxy prefix points the address to the library’s proxy server and allows Cal State LA community members to authenticate and use the resource from off-campus in our databases. It will look like this: EZProxy Link + Permanent LinK

Below is an example of how you would put the EZProxy Link in front of a permanent URL for the below article.

Lenhoff, S. W., Somers, C., Tenelshof, B., & Bender, T. (2020). The potential for multi-site literacy interventions to reduce summer slide among low-performing students. Children & Youth Services Review, 110, N.PAG.

  1. Identify the permanent link:
  2. Add the EZProxy Prefix ( to the permanent link.
  3. Post the final link (see below) wherever you want to share the article.

Links will work from on- and off-campus computers with your MyCSULA Identity authentication.

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