Peer-reviewed articles are published in scholarly journals with an editorial board of scholars and specialists in the discipline related to the article topic. The terms "peer-reviewed" and "scholarly" articles are often used interchangeably. This type of article always cites sources in a bibliography or in footnotes. While not all scholarly journals go through the peer review process, it is usually safe to assume that a peer reviewed journal is also scholarly.
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Main Collection books, Reference, and bound Periodicals are shelved according to the Library of Congress (LC) call number system. Main Collection books are located on the third floor of the library. Each group of stacks is marked with a sign indicating the call number range for that section. Reference, Periodicals, and Theses also use LC call numbers, but Government Documents and Juvenile books use different systems.
Here's how to find a Spanish language book using the library catalog :
- Look around... Is it near a copy machine? Is it misshelved close to where it should be? Did it slip behind the other books? Feel free to ask for other ideas at the Reference Desk or at the Circulation & Reserve counter.
- Check the sorting area (near the Folio books) on the 3rd floor. Books are in rough call number order.
- Check the new book shelves on the 3rd floor (across from the elevators), especially if it is a recently published book.
The library has the New York Times in several formats.
The Sacramento Bee is the leading newspaper of northern California.
Through our subscription to NewsBank America's News we have online access to the Sacramento Bee from 1984 to the present.
On our "Newspapers" page click on the link for the Sacramento Bee e-edition.
Use OneSearch on the home page. Try searching the keyword "educational attainment" using quotes around the phrase. Use the Refine options on the left side to select Scholarly/Peer Reviewed.
If you need more help, feel free to come to the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor. A librarian is available during these normal library hours who can help you refine your search terms.
The University Catalog Library can be accessed online. The site has PDF copies of catalogs from 2003-2005 through 2017-2018. Course descriptions can be requested from catalogs published before 1993.
You are able to search and find library books using OneSearch. Just search for your topic/subject by typing a keyword or keywords. Once you click "search" a list of books with those keywords will be listed on a result list.
For example, if you were looking for "How has renewable energy helped the economy" you could use the keywords: renewable energy and economy.
There is a good Library Guide on political science which provides links and news feeds.
CQ Researcher has excellent reports with opinions and facts on controversial issues in the news.
The New York Times also has a Topics page, which is especially good for researching countries and places: http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/places/all/index.html