Here are some tips for doing research during the summer and some reading recommendation sources.
Research Help in the Summer
Need help with research this summer? Librarians and students are at the SDSU Library Research Services desk to help you, so please visit us. Not able to visit us over the summer and want to get started on research? Start at the Research by Subject page and select the subject you want to research from the list. These guides list important scholarly resources for you to use to find scholarly, and peer reviewed information on a particular subject. Use research guides to:
Choose the Right Database
Select the right database for your topic. You have access to over 100 databases of academic literature on many subjects. Go to the Research by Subject page and select the subject you need. On each research guide there is an “articles” tab. Click on this tab to get a list of the most helpful databases on your subject available through the SDSU library.
Contact Research Librarians with Subject Expertise
You can contact research librarians for a subject using the contact information on any of the research guides. Use the Main tab to get the librarian’s contact information. These librarians are here to help you with your projects in the subject area for which their name is listed. Don't hesitate to contact them if you have questions. As always, you can come by the reference desk to ask general questions about using resources and conducting research for your papers or projects.
Get Tips about Common Research Questions for Your Subject
Researchers in particular subject areas often come up with the same research questions that can be easily answered by a librarian. For this reason, most subject librarians offer Tips that give step by step instructions on how to find the information you need. Tips can jump start your research in certain subject. Don’t forget to look at the tips.
Find citation help, Primary Sources, Newspapers, Book Reviews, or Other Types of Information Not Specific to a Subject
Summer Readers Resources
Looking for some pleasure reading for the rest of the summer break? Check out some of the resources in this post to help you find books you’ll love to read.
Check out San Diego Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program and San Diego County Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program. Sign up at either or both pages
- San Diego Public Library
- San Diego County Library
- New York Times Summer Reading Update
Check out the New York Times must reads for summer to find something that interests you. Then check out OneSearch to find and borrow the book.
- What Should I Read Next
This website allows you to type in the title or the author of a book that you read and enjoyed to find other books recommendations similar to that title or author. Again, check out OneSearch to find and borrow the book.
This online social community allows you to create virtual bookshelves that help you track what you read, write reviews and get recommendations based on your reading interests. You can explore the thousands of lists of recommendations created by users based on everything from genre, to most anticipated releases, to book covers.
Written by: Brittany Geissinger and Linda Salem. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org