Books are useful for background information and for getting an overview of your topic. While journal articles will have the latest research and developments, they are often focused on a very narrow aspect of a topic.
So start your project by looking for books on your topic (use the Library Catalog). Get an overview and learn about the terminology used to describe your topic. Once you have the "big picture" you can then use the article databases (Articles tab) to find journal articles on your topic.
For print books, be sure to record the book location and call number.
For ebooks, follow the link to access the content. If you are off-campus, you will need to enter your Library Pin.
Books not at SDSU
To further access to material for SDSU affiliates, the library two additional methods for patrons to obtain material.
If you can't find material through the SDSU Library Catalog or there isn't an available copy at SDSU, try search Circuit. Circuit provides access to material from Cal State San Marcus, San Diego County Library, San Diego Public Library, UC San Diego, University of San Diego. SDSU affiliates can request that material available from these libraries be sent to the SDSU Library.
Still unable to located a copy of the material you would like to view, try search the WorldCat which will help identify if there is a library anywhere in the world that holds a copy. If you located a copy, you can submit an Interlibrary Loan request for us to try to obtain the copy for you.
Or submit an Interlibrary Loan request and we will try to find a copy for you.