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Research Guide

Places to get Information

Cal State University Fullerton (Pollak Library)

Has a a large selection of databases and an extensive collection of books for research.

Cal State University Fullerton YouTube Channel

Has videos about evaluating sources and writing topics

Cal State University Fullerton Libguides

Lists of resources compiled by CSUF librarians and broken down by subject.


Footage of C-Span dating all the way back to 1993.  Items include bill signings, briefings, and hearings.  Also has a small collection of British Parliament sessions.

Diamond Bar High School Library

Has access to Proquest database along with a variety of books in a number of different subject matters.

Diamond Bar Public Library (LA County Libraries)

Provides access to 93 databases as well as books from all over LA County.  They also provide online research help with a librarian.

Google Scholar

Provides an internet search of scholarly sources.

Library of Congress

Largest library in the world and is the main research facility for Congress.  It is also home to the US Patent Office.  Some of the documents they

house include photographs, recordings, maps, and manuscripts.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Access to free articles and reports in science related fields.  Also features access to congressional reports and informational pamphlets.

National Archives

Online record of all US Federal government documents.  This includes artwork, statistics, survey data, manuscripts, and much more.


Database of science related articles, mainly biomedical research.

University of California Science Today

Audio programs produced by University of California on topics that relate to science.  

University of Southern California Libguides

Lists of resources compiled by USC librarians and broken down by subject

Topics can range from interviews with professionals, public health, medicine, agriculture, and the environment.

Classification Systems

Library of Congress (academic libraries)

Dewey Decimal System (school and public libraries)


Citation Guides

APA (Science & Psychology)

Purdue OWL

APA Publication Manual 6th Ed.


Chicago/Turabian (History)

Purdue OWL

The Chicago Manual of Style


MLA (English & Foreign Language)

Purdue OWL

MLA Style Center


Ways to stay organized


Organizes online information. Has free and subscription options.


Citation generator.



Writing a Research Paper

  Gives tips on writing a paper.


Series of short videos on hundreds of different topics created by educators and illustrated by artists.


Searching Tips

Boolean Operators 

Explains how Boolean Operators work.

Google Search Operators 

Google help page that explains the various symbols one can use in Google to search with.


Writing Tips

University of Illinois Writing Center 

The writing center provides writing and grammar tips including how to construct different parts of a paper such as abstracts and lab reports.  They also have links to different citation guides.

Annotated Bibliography

Gives an overview along with examples of how to create an annotated bibliography.



Evaluating Sources

Owl Purdue: Evaluating Sources

Provides tips on how to determine if a source is credible and how to get the most out of the information.  

UCSU Evaluating Web Sources

Gives guidelines in evaluating web sources for credibility.

Avoiding Plagiarism

A video to explain why plagiarism is bad. In case you didn't already know that.