Locating Library Resources

In almost every coursework you take while studying in a university, you will be required to submit some academic papers that may involve researching for various types of library resources. Knowing what it means by book collection, GIS, or periodicals can help you save time in locating the materials you want. 

To better prepare you for the academic demands of higher education in the U.S., these activities are designed to expose you to authentic experience through video clips showing a newly-admitted international student asking a staff at the Information Desk regarding various types of library resources she found on her search list.

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FINAL CHECKLIST

Books Collection

GIS Collection

Theses Collection

Periodicals Collection

e-Books Collection

Other Types of Resources


Books collection is the library's primary collection that houses printed materials available for general use. These books, including other circulating books at most college and university libraries across the U.S., are organized according to the call number system known as the Library of Congress Classification.

To learn about the system that Cal State L.A. library uses to organize their Books collection, visit the Understanding Call Numbers page.

Print out the Call Numbers worksheet and complete it using the information provided in Step 1. When complete, click here for the answer keys.

Note: You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to access this page.

View the following video clip. Find out how to locate the library resources in Books collection.

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Incorporate the information learned from Steps 1 - 3 to complete this fill-in-the-gap activity.


GIS stands for Government Information Services. GIS collection at Cal State L.A. library provides publications in various formats from the United States government to the California State government. GIS collection covers various fields of subjects; such as, politics, business, law, education, citizenship and immigration, federal grants and fellowships, etc. Usually, hundreds of new documents are added to the collections every week.

To learn more about GIS, read the article from the GIS Overview page and ask yourself what kinds of GIS publications that would be useful to you: educational reports?, consumer-related topics?, or about federal grants and fellowships?

View the following video clip. Find out where you can find the GIS collection at this particular library.

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Incorporate the information learned from Step 1 and Step 2 to complete this multiple-choice activity.

  • If interested, you can browse for online Government Resources provided by the Library of Congress.


Most U.S. university libraries maintain their complete set of all Masters theses written by students who received the degrees from the institutions in their Theses collection.

At Cal State L.A. library, Theses collection is organized using its own theses call numbers. Visit the Thesis Call Numbers page for more information on this specific classification.

View the following video clip. Find out where you can locate the Theses collection at this particular library.

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Incorporate the information learned from Step 1 and Step 2 to complete this fill-in-the-gap activity.


Periodicals collection at Cal State L.A. library are organized using Periodicals Index, which is available in both a print format and online databases. Both index formats are searchable by subject, author, title, or publication's title. In addition, periodicals materials at most libraries are broadly organized as current and older issues. The current issues are usually shelved on magazine-type racks while older issues would be bound into volumes.

Visit the Locating periodicals titles and holdings page to learn how to read the call numbers of periodicals materials.

View the following video clip. While viewing, pay attention to types of periodicals available at the library including general rules regarding the use of periodicals materials.

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Incorporate the information learned in Step 1 and Step 2 to complete this fill-in-the-gap activity.


Electronic books or 'e-Books' are part of the library electronic collection, which also includes periodicals, magazines and newspaper titles. e-Books can be searched from the library databases similar to searching for other types of materials. Have you read any electronic books before? If so, how do you like it? What do you think are its benefits and/or drawbacks?

View the following video clip. Find out how you can search for e-Books materials from Cal State L.A. library databases.

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Use the information learned from Step 1 to search for e-Books from the Advanced Search page of Cal State L.A. library Web site. Once the page opens, select 'e-Books' from the 'Format' drop-down arrow to limit your search to e-Books only.

Incorporate the information learned from Step 1 and Step 2 to complete this multiple-choice activity.

  • Since you need to have an account with Cal State L.A. library in order to read the actual content of the e-Books search results, you can try this eLibrary Web site that offers electronic materials for free. Enjoy!


Not only that the library provides books, periodicals, or electronic format of materials, there are other types of useful resources that everyone can take advantage from; such as, Atlas collection, Juvenile collection for children, Music & Media collection, including Special collection which carries rare, expensive, and/or unusual Library materials.

View the following video clip. Find out about the other types of resources that Cal State L.A. library also provides.

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Check out other types of resources that Cal State L.A. library provides from the Advanced Search page. Once the page opens, click the 'Format' drop-down arrow for more options.

Incorporate the information learned from Step 1 and Step 2 to complete this matching activity.


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