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Counseling: Home

Subject Guide for Counseling

Welcome, Counseling Students!

Welcome to the Pollak Library and to the Counseling research guide!

This guide is designed to facilitate your counseling research and offers a variety of resources.  Please feel free to explore the different sections in this guide.

In addition, please note that some of the resources presented in the Counseling research guide are subscription-based and will require authentication using your Cal State Fullerton Portal username and password.

For research assistance, please feel free to contact Adolfo Prieto, Reference & Instruction Librarian, by using the communication methods provided on the right-hand side of this guide.  For other research-assistance options, please refer to the Pollak Library's help page.

If you would like to review some general research guidelines before you begin, please feel free to consult the "Research Tips" section below.

Related Links:

Pollak Library home page

CSUF Department of Counseling


This research guide is adapted from a guide originally created by Jie Tian.
Prepared and maintained by Adolfo Prieto.
An instructional page of the Paulina June & George Pollak Library at
California State University, Fullerton. 

Research Tips

The following tips provide some helpful guidelines as you begin your research:

Identify your research interest and articulate your research question.
  • Writing down your topic will help you identify your research needs and interests. Your topic can be a keyword, a phrase, a complete sentence, or a paragraph that describes your research.
Determine what types of materials you will need for your topic.
  • Do you need books, articles, statistics, audiovisual materials, government documents, book reviews, biographical information, primary sources, etc.?
Formulate a search strategy.
  • If your topic is phrased in a sentence, can you identify the key terms which are unique?
  • What synonyms or other similar concepts might you use to make your search more comprehensive or inclusive?
  • Is your topic too broad that you might want to consider making your topic narrower and more focused by adding another term or using a more precise term?
  • Is your topic too narrow that not enough information is found?  Do you want to make your topic broader by using a broader concept?
  • Are there thesaurus, index, or subject terms that are specific to a database and to your subject  that you should be aware of?
Select relevant research sources or databases.
  • What database would you use to look for books owned by the Pollak Library, by CSU Libraries, or by other libraries?
  • What is the primary database to locate articles on your topic?
  • What other relevant databases would you consider? Why?
Evaluate your search results.
  • Is the database appropriate?
  • Are your search results relevant? Why or why not?
  • Is the information (e.g., articles or books) written in an authoritative, accurate, and objective manner?
  • How might you improve your search results?