Use keywords when your term may be very new, very distinctive, or jargon, e.g. "instant messaging", "XML".
Use a variety of keywords. There may be additional items on your topic that use different terms.
Be aware that you may retrieve items not related to your topic (called false drops).
When you cannot remember the exact title of an item, do a keyword search using the title words you remember.
Narrow or Broaden Your Search
Use AND between terms to narrow your search
example: television and violence and children
Use OR and/or truncate (*, ?) words to broaden your search
example: children or youth or adolescents
example: child* (will find child, children, etc.)
Note: check online help for the correct truncation symbol
How to find books & e-books
Watch this video to learn how to use OneSearch to locate print and electronic books through the library.
CSUN students, faculty, and staff can now borrow library books and physical media through its contactless Locker Pickup service. The lockers are located outside on the southeast corner of the Library portico ( see map ), and you are welcome to pick up your items 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. seven days a week. If you require an accommodation, please contact Library Guest Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (818) 677-2274.