The following is a selected list of resources for teaching writing with a first-year emphasis. For further assistance, contact Judith Downie, Humanities Librarian.

Related Pages:

Guide to GEW Library Instruction

Syllabus Guidelines  (at CSUSM Faculty Center)

Journal Articles

The Research Databases licenses are purchased to support the courses taught at CSUSM. The following databases provide either full text or abstracts of articles from thousands of journals and other sources on good pedagogy, learning styles, classroom management, and much more on teaching rhetoric and writing.

Some databases, such as MLA, do not offer full text of the articles. Use the Check SFX for Availability button to check our other resources for full text.

Most Useful

Project Muse
Full-text coverage for hundreds of scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics
Coverage: 1993→current

Contains complete full-text back files (EXCEPT for the latest five years) of core scholarly journals in such areas as sociology, history, economics, political science, mathematics, African-American studies, Asian studies and others.
Coverage: 1838→1999

A national database of education literature, including reports and journal articles.
Coverage: 1966→current

Also Useful

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA)
Provides abstracts of articles from about 2,000 journals (published worldwide), coverage of recent books, book review citations and dissertation listings.
Coverage: 1973→current

Includes abstracts of articles from critical literary and language journals.
Coverage: 1963→current

Provides full text access to over 1,000 journals covering all fields of science.
Coverage: 1995→current


To search for books, you need to use our library catalog although it is easy to extend your search to other local academic libraries (Circuit) or the world (WorldCat).

Books at Cal State San Marcos

Library Catalog
Search our local collection of approximately 250,000 books. Use either keywords or subject headings. Some subject headings for teaching writing are:

College prose -- Evaluation
English language -- Composition and exercises
English language -- Composition and exercises -- Research -- Methodology
English language -- Grammar -- Study and teaching (Higher)
English language -- Rhetoric -- Study and teaching
Language arts -- Correlation with content subjects

Other Options (use the same subject headings as our catalog)

Circuit (1-3 day delivery)
Search the collections of other San Diego area libraries -- about 3,000,000 books. Find and request books directly online; pick them up at our Library in 1-3 days.

WorldCat (5-10 day delivery)
Search the collections of libraries world-wide -- about 52,000,000 books. Find a book in this database, and fill-out an Interlibrary Loan delivery request. Book will be delivered to the Library for pickup.

Teaching Writing

Assignment Tips

The Humanities Librarian is available to work with you to create assignments that are successful for both student learning and your instruction.

Assessment Tools


Citing Sources

As students write their papers, they may find the following sites useful to supplement Wadsworth  and the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.

Professional Organizations