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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History Databases

America: History and Life
America: History and Life is an index of journal literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada, from prehistory to the present. With indexing for 1,700 journals from 1964 to present, this database is an important bibliographic reference tool for students and scholars of U.S. and Canadian history.


Historical Abstracts

Historical Abstracts is an index of concise abstracts of journal articles, books, and dissertations that covers history of the world excluding North America from 1450 to the present.  This database includes over 600,000 entries.  Although this is a database of abstracts, key strategic partnerships allow full text linking to numerous articles. 


JSTOR offers a high-quality, interdisciplinary archive to support scholarship and teaching. It includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.  JSTOR is a historical archive and does not include items published within the last 3-5 years. 

Academic Search Premier 

Academic Search™ Premier contains indexing and abstracts for more than 8,300 journals, with full text for more than 4,500 of those titles. This database contains coverage across the disciplines including biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, history, religion & theology, and many more.

Digital Dissertations

Digital Dissertations provides full-text access to dissertations and theses from over 1,000 North American and European universities from 1997 to present. 

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.

Historical Newspapers

Los Angeles Times Historical (1881-1985)


Includes indexing and full text content of the Los Angeles Times from 1881 through 1984.

New York Times Historical (1851-2002)

The full text of the New York Times from its first issue in 1851 to 2002.

Newspaper Archive

Newspaper Archive includes more than 3,000 foreign, national and local newspapers that date back as far as the 1790’s. 


Caribbean Newspapers 1718-1876

Contains 66 newspaper titles from 22 Caribbean islands published between 1718-1876.

Early American Newspapers

Early American Newspapers, Series 1, 1690-1876 offers 350,000 fully searchable issues from over 710 historical American newspapers. Focusing largely on the 18th and early 19th centuries

Hispanic American Newspapers 1808-1980

Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980 represents the single largest compilation of Spanish-language newspapers printed in the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Latin American Newspapers Series I 1805-1922

Searchable newspapers from Latin America published between 1805-1922.

Latin American Newspapers Series 2 1822-1922

Searchable newspapers from Latin America published between 1822-1922.

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)

Primary Source Databases

American Indian Histories and Cultures

Manuscripts, artwork and rare printed books, treaties, speeches, and diaries dating from the earliest contact with European settlers to photographs and newspapers from the mid-twentieth century.

American Periodicals Series 1740-1900

American Periodicals Series Online contains over 1,100 periodicals that first began publishing between 1740 and 1900.

American State Papers, 1789-1838

Contains primary material of American historical importance including legislative and executive documents, speeches of U.S. presidents and coverage of historical events from 1789-1838.

American West

Books, journals, diaries and pioneer accounts, maps, broadsides, periodicals, advertisements, photographs, and artwork of the American West from the early eighteenth to the mid-twentieth century.

China, America, & the Pacific

Rare texts, visual images, personal and business correspondence, newspapers, and maps which document the trading and cultural relationships between China, America, and the Pacific region between the 18th and early 20th centuries.


Confidential Print: Latin America

British Foreign and Colonial Office documents covering the whole of South and Central America, including the non-British islands of the Caribbean, from the 1820s to the height of the Cold War in the 1960s.

Early English Books Online

Includes images of works printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America from 1473-1700.

Medieval Travel Writing

Late medieval manuscript illuminations and maps documenting journeys to Central Asia and the Far East (including Mongolia, Persia, India, China, and South-East Asia), and the Holy Land.


Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice

Primary and secondary documents relating to slavery, abolition and social justice. Includes an interactive map that allows selection of contents by preset regions.


Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries 

The world's music and aural traditions are preserved in this virtual encyclopedic collection of 42,405 tracks from 2,949 albums. 


Travel Writing, Spectacle and World History

Women’s world travel writing from the early 19th century to the late 20th century. Collection includes manuscripts, diaries, correspondence, drawings, guidebooks, and photographs.


U.S. Congressional Serial Set

Contains reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.


U.S. Congressional Serial Set Maps

Contains images and indexing for maps published in reports and documents of the 37th Congress, 1st Session through the 103rd Congress, 2nd session.

Women and Social Movements in the United States

Women and Social Movements is a collection of documents that are organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000.





Reading, Writing and Researching for History: A Guide for College Students

Researching in History 

World History Sources

EuroDocs: Online Sources for European History

Asian History

Making of America

Internet History Sourcebooks Project

The History Guide


Evaluating Internet Sources

Not all information is equally valuable. Retrieved information, whether from a print or non-print source, 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?


Guides to Primary Sources on the Web

Guide to Primary Sources on North America

Guide to Primary Sources Outside North America

Help Citing

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Stop by the library to look at the official Turabian manual:

A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations : Chicago style for students and researchers.

Ref. LB2369 .T8 2007




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Citing Images

For help with citing images (art, photographs, paintings, etc.) see the University of Cincinnati citing images resource guide.