The MSMU Libraries can help you gain access to a wide variety of data resources:
In the Databases A-Z list, databases may be found:
If you already know exactly which database you need, you can select it directly from the list below:
You can create personal accounts for most databases to save resources and search strategies for the future.
Just log in to the database of your choice (Quick Search, ProQuest, EBSCOhost, etc.) and find the "login" or "my account" button and sign up for a free personalized account.
Also known as Government Documents
Locating government information can seem daunting. Depending on your topic, there are a wide variety of resources at your disposal.
To begin research on Federal Government documents, start with locating the responsible agency through usa.gov.
Each agency has its own website and searchable content.
To start researching state-specific information, start with the government website associated with that specific state. For California, use ca.gov.
The library subscribes to a number of resources that you may find helpful, including:
NexisUni - (MSMU students, faculty, and staff only)
Features more than 15,000 news, business and legal sources from LexisNexis, including U.S. Supreme Court decisions dating back to 1790.
HeinOnline - (MSMU students, faculty, and staff only)
Legal history and government documents, with law-related periodicals, the entire Congressional Record, Federal Register, and Code of Federal Regulations, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, and entire databases dedicated to treaties, constitutions, case law, world trials, classic treatises, international trade, foreign relations, U.S. Presidents, and much more.
A journal, sometimes called a serial or a periodical, is a publication that is issued at regular intervals in a continuing series. This includes:
Journals are issued both online and in print. MSMU subscribes to many databases which include access to online journals and articles.
Use the MSMU Libraries Catalog to locate print periodicals.
Search by title or use the Advanced Search option to limit by Material Type "PERIODICAL."
Browsing is also encouraged! Circulation rules vary by campus.
Where are they located?
Coe Library - 1st Floor, rolling stacks
McCarthy Library - 2nd Floor
MSMU Libraries subscribes to many popular newspapers including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times (and many more!)
To locate a newspaper by title, use either of the following methods:
Patents & Trademarks
A patent is the legal right of an inventor to exclude others from making or using a particular invention. This right is customarily limited in time, to 20 years from the date of the application submission in most countries. (New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd edition)
A trademark is a word, name, symbol, or device that is used in trade with goods to indicate the source of the goods and to distinguish them from the goods of others. Trademark rights may be used to prevent others from using a confusingly similar mark, but not to prevent others from making the same goods or from selling the same goods or services under a clearly different mark. (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)
Tests & Measurements
You may come across various tests and measurements while studying:
Doing research in these fields may require collecting your own data, as well as the use of a test or measurement tool designed to address the specific variables in that data collection.
Finding the right test or instrument can be difficult. In most cases, tests are copyrighted and must be purchased from the publishers. In other cases, instruments can be obtained for free directly from the original authors or may be found published entirely within a journal article.
Mental Measurements Yearbook (EBSCO)
Designed for a broad audience, the MMY contains information essential for a complete evaluation of standardized tests within areas as psychology, education, business, and leadership. Also included is access to Test in Print (TIP), a comprehensive bibliography of all known commercially available tests that are currently in print in the English language.
TestLink: Test Collection at ETS
Offers the publisher and cost information as well as some indication of whether the test has been published in the literature, but does not offer the in-depth reviews.
Theses & Dissertations
Some dissertations may be available in Quick Search.
(located in the left-side navigation panel in Quick Search)
Open access dissertations may also be found at: