SBS 362/366 Library Guide

Research Methods & Data Analysis

Research process

Information Literacy Tutorials for U.S. Histories & Democratic Participation:

Peer Review & Primary/Secondary Sources Tutorial

This tutorial will introduce you to the peer review process and how it contributes to the reliability of knowledge. You will also learn to recognize the structure of typical scholarly journal articles and learn to distinguish between primary historical evidence and secondary historical sources.

Using Library Databases & Evaluating Sources Tutorial

This tutorial will help you learn how to search for and retrieve relevant, peer-reviewed sources on a research topic. You will learn to choose relevant library databases and combine keywords and synonyms to develop a search strategy. You will evaluate information sources using several important criteria to help you establish the credibility of the source and its author(s).

Additional help on specific topics, or related to specific CSUMB courses is available via:

How Do I ...

"How Do I ..." provides help on how to look for and use various library resources and services.

Course Guides

This link provides access to an index of web pages related to Library Instruction and library resources for specific courses at CSUMB.

Durable / Persistent / Stable Links

Links to Books and E-books

The catalog record for each item in the CSUMB Library Catalog displays a URL toward the bottom labeled "Persistent Link to this Record." Right click on that link and copy the link address.

If you want to link directly to an E-book, go to the record in the CSUMB Library Catalog, right-click on the link labeled "Electronic version of this book" and copy the link address.

Links to Articles

Follow these instructions and tips for creating or finding durable links to the full-text of articles in library databases.

Ask a librarian

Eddy Hogan, Coordinator of Collection Development, is the Library's liaison to Social, Behavioral & Global Studies. Once your senior capstone project has been approved, you may request a one-on-one, in-person consultation with Mr. Hogan to explore relevant information resources. Pre-capstone research assistance from a librarian is available in a variety of ways.

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's research guides on: Anthropology & Archaeology, Business, California & Local History, Cultural Studies, Economics, Education, Gender Studies, Geographic Information Systems, Government Information, History, Media Studies & Journalism, News & Current Events, Political Science and Law, Psychology, Public Policy, Social Work, Sociology & Social Issues, and Statistical Information.


Books in the CSUMB Library

Use the links below for quick lists of books and videos on:



oral history

primary sources in history

Books at other libraries

First try...

CSU Union Catalog to search library catalogs of the 23 California State University campuses.

Then try...

MOBAC Monterey Bay Regional Library Catalogs to search library catalogs in the Monterey Bay region

Melvyl to search library catalogs of the University of California

WorldCat to search library catalogs from around the world.

CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books found using the catalogs above

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's guides on: Finding Primary Sources and Citing Your Sources.


Find articles

Databases That Focus on Topics in History

America: History & Life - U.S. and Canadian history

Historical Abstracts - world history

JSTOR Retrospective Journal Collection - anthropology, archaeology, area studies, economics, education, geography, history, political science, sociology, statistics

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center - viewpoint articles and topic overviews on social issues

Project Muse - humanities, including history

Sage Journals - social sciences, including history

Interdisciplinary Databases

Academic OneFile - useful for all topics

Academic Search Premier (Ebsco) - useful for all topics

Dissertations in Full Text - including history

Google Scholar - indexes a large proportion of the scholarly literature in a wide range of research areas

Reference and Statistical Databases

CountryWatch - information, data and news on all countries

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences - abstracts only, see Ref H41.I58 2001 for text

New York Times Historical (1851-2009)

RAND California - statistical information on California economic and public policy issues

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's guides on: Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from Other Periodicals, Find Journals by Title, and How to Cite Electronic & Print Resources.


Selected Social Science Data & Public Opinion Sources

American FactFinder - Includes population, housing, economic, and geographic data via maps, tables, and reports; provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Bureau of Labor Statistics - The principal fact-finding agency for the U.S. government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics; provided by the Bureau.

California Financial and Economic Data - Includes Latest Economic Data, Economic Indicators, Statistical Abstract, County Profiles; provided by the California Dept. of Finance.

California Institute for County Government - Includes county profiles with financial, economic, and demographic statistics for each county in the state; provided by California State Association of Counties and CSU Sacramento.

Counting California - Wide range of social science and economic data about California, searchable by topic, geography, title, and government agency; provided by The California Digital Library.

The Field (California) Poll - Selected reports from an independent, non-partisan, media-sponsored public opinion news service that focuses on California political and social issues; provided by the Field Research Corporation.

ICPSR (Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research) - Provides a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction; for information about access and use, CSUMB students, faculty and staff should contact the campus ICPSR representative, Dr. Jennifer Dyer-Seymour (Psychology); provided by the University of Michigan.

Internet Crossroads in Social Science Data - Contains annotated links to data-related resources; categories include: Crime, Family Life, Environment, Historical, Politics, Public Opinion, Housing, Migration, Population, Sociological; provided by University Wisconsin-Madison.

Neighborhood Knowledge California - Statewide, interactive website that assembles and maps a variety of databases that can be used in neighborhood research; allows creation of maps and reports with associated demographic, housing, and lending information; provided by UCLA.

Pew Research Center for the People and the Press - Summaries of results from an independent public opinion research group that studies attitudes toward the press, politics, and public policy issues; provided by the Center. - Nonpartisan site which reports poll data on topics of national, political, economic, and sociocultural interest; sources include: Gallup, Harris, CNN, CBS/NYT, and NBC/WSJ; provided by The Polling Report, Inc.

Public Agenda Online - Nonpartisan, nonprofit organization presents overviews, news digests, statistical information, and public opinion poll data on current U.S. public policy issues; provided by Public Agenda.

Public Opinion Poll Database - Search an archive of over 230,000 poll questions by keywords; provided by the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at UNC Chapel Hill.

Social Science Data on the Net - Search or browse over 360 collections of social science data; provided by UC San Diego.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics - Includes data from more than 100 sources about all aspects of criminal justice in the U.S.; provided by the University of Albany and the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.

StatPages - Links to web pages that perform statistical calculations; provided by John C. Pezzullo, Georgetown University.

Tutorials on SPSS

(Statistical Package for the Social Sciences)

SPSS Flash Videos - Provided California State University, Fullerton.

SPSS Tutorial - Provided by North Carolina State University.

SPSS Tutorials - Provided by Texas A&M University.

Human Subjects

Research Involving Human Subjects - Campus forms, instructions, guidelines, links; provided by CSU Monterey Bay.

Student Research Competition

CSU Student Research Competition - CSU-wide competition held held each May to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity; provided by CSU Monterey Bay.

Streaming video

Streaming video on Research Methods in the Social Sciences (four parts)

Exploring Qualitative Methods (46 min.)

Inferential Statistics (36 min.)

Introduction to Designing Experiments (23 min.)

Organizing Quantitative Data (37 min.)

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's research guides on: Business, Countries of the World, Economics, Education, Government Information, Political Science and Law, Public Policy, Sociology & Social Issues, and Statistical Information.

See also the CSUMB Library's guides on: Evaluating Websites & Internet Resources and How to Cite Electronic & Print Resources.

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