Use the Pollak Library
to create keywords that work well in databases like Academic Search Premier.
Searching for articles using the databases below will give you more control over the results
There are lots of useful journals depending on your research focus. Here are a couple to get you started:
Lists compiled by other institutions:
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Register with the ILLiad system to request, track, and receive library materials. As a CSUF distance education student, the library will provide free delivery of articles or books that we own but are not available electronically, or that we don’t own and must get via interlibrary loan.
Books are delivered for free to your mailing address, but you are responsible for paying for postage to return books by their due date. Articles are sent electronically to your ILLiad account and are yours to keep.
How to use ILLiad:
a. Click on ILLiad on the Interlibrary Loan Page
b. Log in with your campus portal username and password. If you are using ILLiad for the first time, you'll have to set up a new account.
c. In the online profile form, be sure to include your correct email and mailing address (only distance education students are eligible for home delivery).
d. Select MSIDT: Distance Education as your department.
e. Pick-up Location = Distance Education only (or Fullerton campus—Pollak Library if you live in the area and prefer to come into campus).
f. Once you are registered, you may submit your requests. As a graduate student you are entitled to 15 active requests at a time. Be sure to plan ahead - most requests are filled within six days or less but some can take longer.
If you have questions about Interlibrary Loan, ILLiad, or about materials that you've requested, please contact:
You might also try browsing dissertations to see if anyone has written on your topic.
1.To identify dissertations, use Dissertations Abstracts Online.
Dissertation Abstracts is a source of information about dissertations, including summaries, but does not provide access to the full text of the dissertation itself.
2. To obtain the full text of a dissertation, try one of these options:
Dissertations & Theses (ProQuest)
This database has 900,000 digitized dissertations in Education, Art, Communications, Humanities, Literature, Linguistics and Social Sciences. Includes the theses of Fullerton graduate students who have published through UMI Dissertation Publishing (3800+ CSUF theses are currently available full text PDF, 1967-present).
ABI/INFORM Complete (Business dissertations only)
If title is known, search by title.
You can also search by keywords or author. To limit results to dissertations: on main search screen click on 'More Search Options' (at bottom of screen). Next, in 'Publication Type' dropdown box, select 'Dissertations'.
Request the dissertation using ILLiad (interlibrary loan). Some dissertations have been purchased by libraries and are available for loan, but most dissertations are not. It is best to assume you will not be able to get a dissertation using ILLiad.
Purchase the dissertation using Dissertation Express, or order by phone at 1-800-521-3042. The cost of a dissertation starts at $34.