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First Year Students

This is a Research Guide for First Year students

Search Library Resources

OneSearch allows you to search for books, articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers, streaming video and DVDs (media), or to search across all of our resources in one place.


If you know the name of the database you are looking for, choose it from the following list:


You can also view a list of databases that are best for a specific subject area:

View a full alphabetical list of available databases here:

Search the Library for academic journals, newspapers, or magazines:


Our Research Guides help you find resources specific to your subject area or course. Choose a subject or course name from the list below to view the guide for that topic, or view a list of all our research guides.


This list of Frequently Asked Questions can help you navigate Library resources and services. If you have a question that is not answered by our FAQ, feel free to contact us.

Find Textbooks

Finds Textbooks


1) Look at your syllabus for the list of required textbooks.

2) If you don't have your syllabus with you, then search the textbook database at the CSI Bookstore. You will need to know the course number and section of your class.

3) Once you have your textbook title, please search OneSearch to find your textbook.

4) Once you have found the title, identify the call number. The call number is the book's address. It identifies the book's location on the shelf.

Textbooks are located on the 1st floor behind the circulation desk.

To get your textbook, you will need your Dolphin card and the call number of the book.

Below is an example of a call number.

PS 3545.54 H67 2013

5) Once you get your textbook, ask the exact time that it is due.  Most textbooks are lent out for 2 hours for use inside the library. 

6) If you need it for longer, search OneSearch for an older edition that may be upstairs for 4 weeks.

7) Remember that all library materials are free if you return them back on time.