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Welcome to the CSUS Library Research Guide on Biological Sciences.  Click on the tabs above for specific resources, materials, and searching techniques.


College of Education Information

The College of Education is located in room 206 Eureka Hall. Telephone - 278-9939.



This guide will help you find research materials related to counseling in the areas of education, career, community, and family counseling.  Electronic resources with full text online are the main focus, but similar hardcopy materials can be found in the Library by searching the Library's online catalog OneSearch.


Five Steps to Successful Research

1.   Read an essay by an expert on your subject to learn important names , dates , and terminology to use in further searching. References at the end of the essay often list the core research articles on the topic.  (TAB above)
         Tools:  Specialized handbooks and encyclopedias
2.   Find books on your topic
         Tool:  OneSearch
3.   Find peer-reviewed articles on your topic 
         Tools:  Databases, Articles, & Journals (TAB above)
4.   Consider specialized sources such as:
         Statistical information  (googleScholar) or (
         CSUS theses/projects/dissertations (TAB above) or (ScholarWorks on Library homepage)
         Government publications ( or (
HINT: When searching the Internet via google advanced, limit domain to: .edu, .gov, .org for scholarly results
5.   Evaluate your material: Top 10 Questions to Ask Yourself
      1.)   Intended audience - general, specialist, student?
      2.)   Purpose: inform, entertain, persuade?
      3.)   Author's credentials: affiliation, education, occupation, publications?
      4.)   Publisher: learned society, research institution, commercial, private, political
      5.)   Refereed, reviewed, or edited journal?
      6.)   Documentation: sources cited, bibliography, list of references?
For Internet Web sources, in addition to the above ask yourself:
      7.)   What is the value of the Web site compared to the range of other sources available on
              this topic?
      8.)   When was the Web item produced and last revised - currency?
      9.)   Does the text follow basic rules of grammar, spelling, composition?
     10.)  Is contact information for the author included in the document?




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