The purpose of this guide is to
familiarize you with the best resources for researching in
Started in the Library Catalog
Chances are you are already starting
with a research topic or issue that interests you. Remember
that books will generally be broader in subject scope than
Books at Cal State San Marcos
books by searching the Library
think of terms to describe your topic? Catalogs use specific subject headings to group related
books together. A good strategy
enter a keyword or two
the list for one good item of interest
click on the subject headings for that item
the list of subject headings for ones that are of
click on another subject heading to search for more
Books at other libraries
* Books will be delivered to Library for pickup.
** Find a book in this databases, and fill-out an
delivery request. Book will be delivered to Library for
Useful Subject Terms in the Library Catalog
Mathematics -- Study and teaching -- United States
Algebra Remedial Teaching
Useful Call number
The entire "L"
call number group is dedicated to
the field of Education. Check the books
in the "L" section of any
academic library to see their collection
of education-related books! Likewise Mathematics is in
the "QA" call number group.
Useful Genres for finding
materials and manipulatives to help you teach!
A national information system funded by
the U.S. Department of Education provides
access to both journal articles
and documents such as reports, lesson
plans and other information on education-related
issues. ERIC has 2 types of information:
Document Reproduction Service (EDRS) provides the last 5 years
of ERIC in full text.
** a free version of ERIC is available at the
Once there, use
the link on the left to begin your search.
Search Premier (also known as EBSCOHost!!!)
Full-text. A large, multi-disciplinary
database offering full text for nearly
1,850 scholarly journals, including more
than 1,250 peer-reviewed titles.
Interscience (maybe not as useful)
Access to abstracts and full text for
about 300 mainly science related journals.
It includes life sciences, chemistry,
physics, mathematics, psychology, earth
sciences, and business among others.
On the Web
websites provide gateways to excellent
science materials specifically for teachers.
also have wonderful sites full of teaching
ideas. Below are just a few good ones.
As you write your paper,
you'll need to cite passages and ideas from
the sources you've found. In order
to cite your resources properly, you need
to follow the style guide
used by educators.