Book Catalogs

Library Catalog

QuickSilver is the catalog for the John Spoor Broome Library (JSBL) at California State University Channel Islands. Search QuickSilver to locate items owned by JSBL: books, electronic books, DVDs, CDs and other items.

Note: Looking for journal articles? Try the databases listed in the "Journal Articles" tab above.



The CSU Union Catalog is the library catalog for the libraries located at all 23 California State Universities. You can search for items and request that they be sent to the John Spoor Broome Library by clicking on the "JSBLink" icon. You will be notified via e-mail once your item is available to pick up.


The National Academies Press (NAP) publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and medicine. The NAP was created by the National Academy of Sciences to publish reports of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council.


Worldcat is a library catalog that contains items from libraries worldwide. When you find an item you would like in WorldCat you want to click on the "Libraries worldwide that own this item" link to verify that California State University, Channel Islands is not one of the libraries that owns this item. If you would like to order this item you will need to request it through InterLibrary Loan.


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Biology Web Resources

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:

MLA Handbook

Ref LB 2369.G53

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.

Biology Image Resources

Biology Database

Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)

Annual Reviews

BIOSIS Previews (Web of Knowledge)

MEDLINE (Web of Knowledge) / PubMed (NLM)


Open Science Directory

Science (1997 - present)

Science Archive (1880-2007) (JSTOR)

ScienceDirect (Elsevier)

Springer Link

Wiley Online Library

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.