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.

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)

Communication Databases

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540, [New York, New York. New York Times newspaper syndicate. Foreign newspapers and syndicates buy privilege of using Times news. The paper has so many correspondents all over the world, that often they scoop Associated Press and United Press. Swiss correspondent in foreground, Mexican in back.], Collins, Marjory, photographer, 1942.

Academic Search Premier

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

Communication and Mass Media Complete

Communication and Mass Media Complete contains articles from the fields of Communication and Mass Media.


Contains various business and technology focused journals, including those geared towards Marketing and Public Relations.


GenderWatch contains scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, regional publications and books that focus on gender issues.

SAGE Journals Online

SAGE offers a wide variety of journals, including the Communications focused Media, Society, and Culture.

Newspaper Databases

These are the newpaper databases available through the John Spoor Broome library that contain current news.

Proquest Newspapers

Newsbank: Access World News

Alt-Press Watch


Internet Sources

American Rhetoric

A site featuring hundreds of transcriptions,videos, and audio of famous speeches, definitions of rhetoric, and lists of communication journals.

Center for Media Literacy

The CML is an educational organization dedicated to the promotion of media literacy education. Features an overview defining media literacy in the 21st century and educational resources.

Critical Commons

Non-profit advocacy coalition that supports the use of media for scholarship, research, and teaching. Its goal is to establish new an innovative ways of tagging and annotating media to create new forms of electronic scholarship. The site features various clips and lectures, which focus on mass media and culture.

E-Server Critical Theory

A free Humanities database from Iowa State University featuring more than 35,000 works.

Google Scholar

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

Nancy Duarte: The Secret of Great Talks

A free TED video on what makes great speeches. An interesting video for students wishing for help in their own speeches.

Power Point Presentations

A free guide provided by Microsoft designed to improve Powerpoint presentations.

Purdue OWL: Logic in Argumentative Writing

A guide provided by Purdue University to assist students with creating logical arguments in their 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?

Communication Societies

Association for Media Literacy

A Canadian association made up of teachers, librarians, consultants, parents, cultural workers, and media professionals concerned about the impact of the media media on contemporary culture.

International Communication Association

The ICA is an academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication.

National Communication Association

The NCA serves scholars, teachers, and practitioners to advance communication as a discipline that studies all forms, modes, and media.

Rhetoric Society of America

The RSA considers itself to be an umbrella organization for scholars and teachers who are interested in rhetoric, and the art of effective communication.

Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is an organizations of over 270,000 individuals dedicated to improving public speaking and leadership skills.

Western States Communication Association

The WSCA's purpose is to unite people in the Western States who have an academic, lay, or professional interest in communication. Member states include: California, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Hawaii.

Help Citing

Need more help?

Stop by the library to look at:

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 University Writing Center and take advantage of their services.

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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