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How To Do Research: Exploring Books

An introductory guide on the research process for graduate students.

Exploring Books

Books can be useful for providing historical background information and broad overviews of topics and can help you determine what type of research has been done on your subject in the past.

The library has thousands of books on a variety of subjects within the eBook Academic Collection database. For information on finding e-books in the library, see tutorial below.

How To Find E-books

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Research Appointments

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The CSU librarians can support you during the research process with personalized reference services. We are happy to help you with the following tasks:

  • Accessing and using the CSU Library databases in order to create a peer-reviewed literature review with library resources
  • Using free personalized database folders within multiple database platforms to organize your research
  • Brainstorming keywords and recommending search limiters to use
  • Locating the dissertations and theses that may support and inform your research process