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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Economics Databases

Credit Line: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, [Federal Reserve Building. Front of whole Federal Reserve Building I], Horydczak, Theodor, ca. 1890-1971, photographer.

Academic Search Premier

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


ABI/Inform contains articles on business, advertising, marketing, economics and finance.


ArXiv contains articles on physics, mathematics, computer science, biology and statistics.

Economist Intelligence Unit

Economist Intelligence Unit contains country reports, global forecasting, country profiles.


EconLit is the American Economic Association's electronic database and provides full-text articles relating to all aspects of economic study.


Emerald is one of the world's leading publishers of journals and books in business and management.

RAND California

RAND California offers statistics on business & economics, community, education, energy & environment, government finance, health & socioeconomics, and population & demographics.  


SpringerPress contains journals and books on a broad range of topics.

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.

Internet Sources

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540, [Headquarters building of the International Monetary fund, Washington, D.C.], Highsmith, Carol M., photographer.

American Economic Association

Originally organized in 1885 and incorporated in 1923 the AEA is an association of economic professionals with half of its membership coming from the academic community. It is the publisher of four economic journals: American Economic Review, The Journal of Economic Literature, The Journal of Economic Perspectives, and American Economic Journals.

Bloomberg News

Bloomberg covers global markets and news from all aspects of the economy including science, arts & culture, and politics.

CIA World Factbook

The CIA World Factbook provides the history and statistics for 267 world entries. It also includes maps and flags for the different countries.

Federal Reserve

The central bank of the United States.

International Monetary Fund

The IMF is an organization of 188 countries, which was originally created in 1944 at the end of WWII in order to stabilize exchange rates and foster trade. According to the IMF its main objective is to monitor the economic stability of member countries and has a lending power of $750 billion. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Standard & Poor's

The S&P is a world leader is corporate and financial market intelligence. S&P provides investors with: credit ratings, indices, investment research, and risk evaluation. The web site offers a majority of information for free, but ratings are only for registered wholesale clients and registration is free.


United States Government Statistics

Data and statistics provided for free by the United States government.





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 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.