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CSU Library Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Articles on a variety of topics can be found in the library's online databases. On the main library page, click the Databases link and choose a database title from the list that appears. For information about the topics covered by the individual databases, click A-Z Databases or contact a CSU librarian for a database recommendation. Check out our Articles Quick Start Guide or click here for a short video on how to find articles.
Peer-reviewed or scholarly articles can be found in most of our online databases. Once inside a database, look for a box to check labeled 'scholarly' or 'peer reviewed'. For more information, click here for a short video on how to find peer-reviewed articles.
For information about the topics covered by the individual databases, click A-Z Databases or contact a CSU librarian for a database recommendation.
For business articles, start your search in one of our business databases such as Business Source Complete or ABI/INFORM Collection.
To download an article to your computer for later use, look on the article's detailed record page for a link to PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text.
Peer-reviewed articles are published in scholarly journals that use the peer-review process to select articles for publication. In the peer-review process, an article written by an expert in a particular field of study is submitted to a scholarly journal on that academic subject. The article is then reviewed by a panel of individuals who are also experts in that academic subject; they are the scholarly peers of the person who wrote the article. The panel members use a strict set of standards to determine the quality of the article and ultimately decide if the article will be published in that journal. This review adds an element of authority and validity to the article due to the confirmation from other experts within that field.
On the library homepage, click Databases, then select the database that the article is from in the list that appears.  (If you don't know its specific database, you may have to try a few different ones.)  On the database's main page, type part or all of the article title inside quotation marks in the top search box and limit its search field to Title or Document Title.  Sometimes, it might help to include the last name of one of the authors listed in the second box and limit its search field to Author.
At this time, it is not possible to search all databases in the CSU Library at once. For information about the topics covered by the individual databases, click A-Z Databases or contact a CSU librarian for a database recommendation.

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