Book Catalogs & E-book Databases


OneSearch is the catalog for both the John Spoor Broome (JSB) Library and all 23 California State Universities. Everything or Books and Media All CSU will allow you to search all the books and media for the 23 campuses. The Books and Media CSUI allows you to locate books, electronic books, DVDs, CDs, and other items owned by the JSB Library.


WorldCat is a library catalog that contains items from libraries worldwide. When you find an item you would like in WorldCat you will want to click on the item title to verify that California State University, Channel Islands is not one of the libraries that owns this item.  If you would like to request this item click link Request Item through Interlibrary Loan.  This is a service available only to CSUCI Students, Faculty, and Staff.


Ebrary offers access to thousands of e-books from trustworthy, academic publishers, this database provides authoritative information across the disciplines, including Language and Literature. Ebrary books can be downloaded to personal computers or devices (except Kindle) after creating a personal account and signing in. They may also be saved in PDF.


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Is it peer-reviewed?

Several resources are available to help CSUCI library users identify peer-reviewed articles.  Many of the journals indexed in specialized databases are scholarly but those databases do not tell you whether a journal is peer reviewed or not.  To find out if a journal is peer reviewed, ask at the Reference Desk for Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory.  Volume 5 of Ulrich’s has a list of "Refereed Serials."  While this list is not exhaustive, it is the most complete list available.

If you cannot find the publication listed in Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory, you should go the the publication's website.  Often times you can determine if a journal is peer-reviewed by looking at their submission process on their website.

Scholarly vs. Peer-reviewed


Scholarly journals contain articles written by, and addressed to, experts in a discipline. Scholarly journals present the research of experts in a field, although these journals also often carry opinion pieces or even advertisements unique to the field addressed by the journal. Publication cycles vary for scholarly journals, ranging from yearly to monthly but most frequently they are published bimonthly (every other month) or quarterly.


Peer-reviewed journals (also called refereed or juried journals) send submitted articles to one or more experts for review before deciding to publish them. This review process helps ensure that published articles reflect solid scholarship in a field. Most often, the experts reviewing an article make critical comments on the text, comments that the author must incorporate into the article before its publication.


While not all scholarly journals are peer-reviewed, it is usually safe to assume that a peer-reviewed journal is also scholarly.

Articles and Reference

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540, In March read the books you've always meant to read, Chicago : Ill. Art Proj., [between 1936 and 1941].

Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier contains journal, magazine and newspaper articles on a broad range of topics.


JSTOR contains journal articles, primary sources and images from humanities, social sciences and the sciences.

MLA International Bibliography (Includes Literature Online and ABELL)

The leading resource for literature in English, this database contains full text articles, author biographies, and criticism for more than 355,000 works of literature, as well as full texts of poetry, drama, and prose. ABELL=Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature.


Project Muse

Project Muse contains articles from humanities and social sciences journals. 

Oxford English Dictionary

OED is the accepted authority on the English language, including the meaning, history and pronunciation of over 600,000 words.

What is a primary source?

“Primary sources are original records created at the time historical events occurred or well after events in the form of memoirs and oral histories. Primary sources may include letters, manuscripts, diaries, journals, newspapers, speeches, interviews, memoirs, documents produced by government agencies such as Congress or the Office of the President, photographs, audio recordings, moving pictures or video recordings, research data, and objects or artifacts such as works of art or ancient roads, buildings, tools, and weapons. These sources serve as the raw material to interpret the past, and when they are used along with previous interpretations by historians, they provide the resources necessary for historical research.”  (Finding Primary Sources on the Web, ALA-RUSA, 2008)

Internet Sources

American Comparative Literature Association

The principal learned society in the United States for literature and cultures

American Literature Association

Organization devoted to the study of American literature and authors.

Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature

Library of Congress recordings of poetry and literature dating back to 1943

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, articles and abstracts.

Multicultural Literature of the United States: A Finding Guide

A reference guide from Cornell University designed to help students find multicultural authors.

Open Source Shakespeare 

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare are available and searchable here for free from George Mason University. There are text, concordance, and character search boxes, as well as applications for mobile devices.

Poets & Writers

The nations largest non-profit organization serving creative writers. The site offers resources for help on becoming published, applying for grants, and offers links to contests and competitions.  

Popular Multicultural Literature

A list from the Good Reads website that has hundreds of multicultural books for readers of all ages.

Purdue OWL: Professional, Technical Writing

Guide from Purdue University on tips for technical writing.


Evaluating Internet Sources

Not all information is equally valuable. Retrieved information, whether from a print or non-print sources, must be carefully examined to determine its usefulness and quality. As the World Wide Web becomes more popular as a source of information for assignments and research papers, it is important to be able to select and critically evaluate the sites you visit.



  1. Is the format/medium of the information useful for your assignment?
  2. If you need primary sources, is this a primary source?
  3. Is the information comprehensive enough for your needs?
  4. Does the information express a particular point of view?
  5. Is the information directed toward a general (vs. a specialized) audience?


  1. Is there an indication of when the information was created/published?
  2. Is the information regularly updated?
  3. Is the information still valid for your topic?


  1. Is there information on the author/producer of the source?
  2. Is there information on author/producer’s credentials?
  3. Does the information come from an “authoritative” source?
  4. Is there contact information (e.g. email address for author/producer)?


  1. Does the information source cover the topic extensively?
  2. Is the information abridged (e.g. table of contents/summary only)?
  3. Is full-text information available only to subscribers?


  1. Is the information presented as fact (vs. opinion)?
  2. If the information is presented as fact, can it be assessed for accuracy (i.e. are there footnotes or references)?
  3. Does the information appear to be biased?


  1. Is the page layout visually pleasing?
  2. Are the buttons or icons easy to understand?
  3. Are the hot links provided to additional information?
  4. Do the images enhance the information?
  5. Is the load/response time acceptable?

Academic Dishonesty

What is academic dishonesty?


What happens if I get caught plagiarizing?


Want to know more about the California State University, Channel Islands, policy on academic dishonesty? 


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Help Citing


Need more help?

Stop by the library reference desk to look at:


MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed.

Ref. LB2369.G53 2009


The Chicago Manual of Style

Ref. Z253 .U69 2010


Publication Manual of the American Pyschological Association

Ref. BF76.7 .P83 2010


A Manual for Writers of Term Paper Thesis, and Disserations (Turabian)

Ref. LB2369 .T8 2013


Also see the library "need to cite" page for a guide for assembling your work cited in your paper.


Visit the Writing and Multiliteracy Center and take advantage of their services.

Literature, Drama, and Narrative Databases

African Writers Series

African Writers Series includes fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fictional prose works.

Asian American Drama

Asian American Drama contains plays, information about productions, production companies, playbills and photos.

Black Drama

Black Drama contains plays, information about productions, production companies, playbills and photos.

Black Short Fiction and Folklore

Black Short Fiction and Folklore from Africa and the African Diaspora is the most comprehensive collection yet created of stories from Africa and the African Diaspora, offering short stories and folklore.

Black Women Writers

Black Women Writers contains plays, information about productions, production companies, playbills and photos by African and the African diaspora.

Early English Books Online

Early English Books Online contains digital page images of almost every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America between 1400-1700.

Irish Women Poets of the Romantic Period

IWPOTRP contains contains poetry composed during the Romantic period by Irish women, critical reviews and scholarly essays.

Latin American Women Writers

Latin American Women Writers includes works by women in Mexico, Centeral America, and South America

Latino Literature

Latino Literature contains poetry, fiction, and plays in English and Spainish from Chiano, Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, and other Latino authors.

North American Indian Drama

North American Indian Drama contains plays, information about productions, production companies, playbills and photos.

North American Women Drama

North American Women Drama includes plays and production, theater and prodution company information.

Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period

SWPOTRP contains poetry composed during the Romantic period by Scottish women, critical reviews and scholarly essays.

Twentieth Century North American Drama 

Covering 419 playwrights and their 1,902 plays, this database for full text North American drama from the twentieth century also includes information on theatres, productions, production companies, playbills, and production photos.

Underground & Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels

This databases contains adult comics and graphic novels.