Online Library Resources
The Library and Information Resources Network, Inc. (LIRN)
California Coast University utilizes the Library and Information Resources Network, Inc. (LIRN) to offer library access to our student. LIRN provides a centralized management of electronic information resources that allow students to access multiple research databases through one portal. The Library and Information Resources Network, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation formed in 1996, is a consortium of educational institutions that have joined together to share access to information resources. LIRN® members enjoy the benefits of group purchasing, a centrally managed authentication gateway, and on and off campus access for their students. The LIRN® collection provides students with millions of peer-reviewed and full-text journal, magazine, and newspaper articles, e-books, podcasts, audio, and video resources to support their academic studies.
For additional information on using the network, LIRN provides a User Guide to help you search for the information you need. This helpful resource is available at Library and Information Resources Network, Inc. (LIRN).
For information on accessing LIRN, please contact California Coast University - [email protected] or (714) 547-9625.
LIRN provides comprehensive listings covering content relative to the degree programs offered at California Coast University. Below, please find a list of the various collections offered:
The Gale PowerSearch platform offers comprehensive access to authoritative reference, periodical and primary source information. PowerSearch simplifies browsing through Gale's more than 20,000 publications, providing the ability to search across more than 150 million documents.
Academic OneFile is a 2009 and 2008 CODiE Award Finalist for Best Online General Reference Service. Perfect for research libraries, graduate schools, universities and community colleges, Academic OneFile is a sophisticated, current and easy-to-use resource for extensive research. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full text, researchers are able to find accurate information quickly from over 14,000 titles.
Researchers looking for practical farming tips or the latest scientific studies from agricultural research centers will find Agriculture Collection is the right place to “dig”. With a strong emphasis on full-text coverage of titles in the Agricola Index, Agriculture Collection comprises over 400 agricultural periodicals powered by InfoTrac as well as relevant, in-depth reference titles from Delmar, a part of Cengage Learning.
Business Economics and Theory Collection includes over seven million articles, including coverage of Kiplinger Handbooks such as Retire Worry Free, Switching Careers, Making Money in Real Estate, Financing College and more. Researchers will also value the inclusion of exclusive video feeds from forbes.com highlighting current business news and interviews with CEO’s and entrepreneurs.
Business and Company ASAP provides access to all the business and management journals, trade journals, newspapers and directories needed for in-depth research on companies, products, markets, industries, economics and management disciplines. It also provides full-text U.S. and international private and public company directory listings, and full-text PR Newswire releases on those corporations.
Gale Business Insights: Global combines an international perspective and sophisticated research tools with convenient access to a range of comprehensive learning materials. Designed to move researchers quickly to higher levels of understanding and application, Gale Business Insights: Global uses case studies, statistical data sources, news articles, academic journals and topical reference materials organized by country, company and industry to quickly engage users in the global business environment.
Communications and Mass Media Collection brings together information found in more than 250 journals. Nearly 3 million articles on all aspects of the communications field meet the needs of researchers, including:
- Broadcast journalists
- Communications engineers
- Information technology specialists
- Marketing professionals
- Media buyers
- Public relations professionals
- Sports commentators
- Students aspiring to careers in communications
- And many others
Computer Database is a one-stop reference resource for up-to-date information on the world of high technology. With Computer Database, researchers can instantly access hundreds of today’s most well-read and influential periodicals in a single search. Featuring coverage from 1980 to the present, Computer Database is the perfect source for research on trends and innovations in the ever-changing world of technology.
Criminal Justice Collection reforms the research process for researchers who are:
- Studying law or law enforcement
- Training for paralegal service
- Preparing for a career in Homeland Security
- Delving into forensic science
- Investigating crime scenes
- Developing policy
- Going to court
- Writing sociological reports
- And much more
Criminal Justice Collection makes research easy by bringing together information from more than 700 journals.
The new Culinary Arts Collection is comprised of more than 250 major cooking and nutrition magazines from the award-winning InfoTrac product line as well as almost 20 reference titles from Delmar, part of Cengage Learning. The Culinary Arts Collection provides researchers with more than just recipes. It gives them quick access to restaurant reviews, industry information and practical instruction, including:
- Creating baked goods
- Preparing popular recipes
- Managing your weight
- Choosing the right wine
- Gaining catering experience
- Preparing fast meals
- Practical advice on opening a restaurant
- Developing healthy eating habits
- Calculating recipes
- Becoming a wine connoisseur
- And much more
Environmental Studies and Policy Collection brings together full-text information found in more than 700 journals and reference content from Delmar, part of Cengage Learning. Now you can provide environmentalists, policy makers, corporate researchers, educators, students, geologists, engineers and more with a comprehensive, easy-to-access, online resource that answers all their environmentally-related inquires.
Perfect for a broad spectrum of students, faculty and other researchers, Expanded Academic ASAP contains more than 4,300 titles; more than 2,500 full-text titles in a wide variety of disciplines, including more than 3,000 peer-reviewed journals. Balanced coverage on a variety of subjects is available through:
- Social science journals
- Humanities journals
- Science and technology journals
- National and global news sources
- General interest magazines
Fine Arts and Music Collection is a powerful online movement leading scholars, students, artists, teachers, historians, filmmakers, art buffs and music lovers to a successful research finale. Powered by InfoTrac, this database quickly places information from over 5 million articles at the finger tips of serious students of the arts.
Gardening hobbyists, master gardeners and biotechnologists alike will find practical applications as well as the scientific theories of horticulture studies in one convenient collection with the Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection. These resources will inspire and educate those seeking more information on gardening, landscaping or horticulture. The information included in this collection varies from inspirational to instructional, such as:
- The biology of various plant species
- How to create floral arrangements
- Easy-to-use landscape design tips
- Developing landscaping contracts
- Pruning flowers correctly
- Urban landscape planning
- Using computer graphics in landscape design
- Conducting conservation research
- The best time to plant tree
- Which plants are indigenous to a particular area
Covering practical business issues in every business-related area, General Business File ASAP integrates a wide variety of sources: local-area business titles such as Crain’s Detroit Business; national magazines such as Forbes and Inc.; trade journals like Tax Executive, full-text investment reports on thousands of private and public companies; full-text listings from Ward’s Business Directory; Graham and Whiteside™’s Major Companies of the World, full-text PR Newswire releases; and indexing of several major national newspapers.
Gale's largest general interest periodical resource, General OneFile, provides periodical and news information through an intuitive, user-friendly search interface for researchers at all levels. Content includes more than 12,000 titles in all with nearly 30 years of coverage. General OneFile puts approximately 80 million (updated daily) records at users' fingertips with a single search query. General OneFile includes:
- More than 7,800 full-text titles and 3,600 refereed journals, and hundreds of newspapers
- More than 500 travel guides, including hundreds of Fodor's titles
- The full collection of National Public Radio programs from 1990 to the present, including searchable transcripts
- Full-text of the New York Times from 1985 to the present, updated daily
- The ability to translate articles into 11 different languages, helping ESL researchers
- More than 4,000 full-text titles recommended by Bowker's "Magazines for Libraries"
- Access to a range of additional new collections created to fill subject-specific curricular needs
Health & Wellness Resource Center offers access to thousands of full-text medical journals, periodicals, reference works, multimedia and much more. Perfect for researchers at all levels, this comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices.
Created specifically for students, knowledgeable consumer health researchers and health care professionals, Health Reference Center Academic integrates millions of articles from a wide range of full-text nursing and allied health journals, newspapers, magazines, newsletters and select consumer health information sources with full-text reference works and hundreds of health-related multimedia. Health Reference Center Academic is the perfect resource for up-to-date information on the complete range of health care topics. With more than 2,000 full-text sources and hundreds of videos demonstrating medical procedures and live surgeries, Health Reference Center Academic ensures that researchers get current, scholarly, comprehensive answers to health care questions.
The Home Improvement Collection is a special collection of more than 250 home improvement-focused titles from InfoTrac. Many subject areas are covered and include:
- Architectural techniques
- Building design
- Holiday and party planning
- Home maintenance
- Interior and exterior painting
- Room updates
- Small project management tips
- Tool and material selection
- Zoning requirements
INFORME is specifically designed to meet the research needs of Spanish-speaking users. With full-text articles from the most popular Spanish-language and bilingual periodicals, it provides quality Hispanic reference material — not simply Spanish translations of English-language materials. Informe also features a powerful, easy-to-use interface configured for Spanish-speaking users, allowing researchers to analyze topics and conduct research in Spanish. Aimed at the needs of both serious, academic researchers as well as casual browsers, Informe provides single-search access to the full text of more than 420 Spanish-language and bilingual products including:
- Latin American Research Review
- NACLA Report on the Americas
- La Opinion
- National Geographic en Espanol
- many others, including more than 15 key Latin American newspapers covering a wide range of subjects, from current events to academic disciplines.
This full-text newspaper resource allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, author, newspaper section or other fields, eliminating random searching through newspaper archives. InfoTrac Newsstand provides access to more than 1,100 major U.S. regional, national and local newspapers as well as leading titles from around the world. It also includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.
The ideal resource for students, law school faculty and legal researchers, LegalTrac features a comprehensive collection of major legal publications. This invaluable database provides indexing for more than 1,500 major law reviews, legal newspapers, specialty publications, Bar Association journals and international legal journals, including more than 200 titles in full text. The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), not only endorses LegalTrac, its special advisory committee selects, reviews and enhances the content for this resource yearly — meaning researchers can benefit from timely, accurate results with every search.
Literature Resources from Gale contains more than 650,000 full-text articles, critical essays and reviews and biographies of more than 130,000 authors from antiquity to today and thousands of continuously updated Web links, periodicals, images, audio and more. This collection also includes Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography, with more than 2 million citations to journal articles, books and dissertations covering more than 80 years of publishing, with an additional 66,000 new citations added each year. Gale’s offering of the MLA International Bibliography includes the MLA Directory of Periodicals.
With nearly 4.2 million articles, Nursing and Allied Health Collection comes to the rescue of nursing students, physician’s assistant students, and researchers in allied health fields who are looking for answers related to the specialized care, treatment and management of all sorts of patients. Details concerning nearly every kind of nursing application can be found, including:
- Caring for AIDS patients
- Dealing with accident and trauma victims
- Supporting cardiovascular surgery
- Giving emergency care
- Developing policy
- Providing neonatal care
- Relieving pain
- Serving the elderly
- Administering CPR
- Delivering babies
- Operating specialized equipment
- Keeping records
- And much more
Nursing and Allied Health Collection brings together information found in 1,115 journals, with a strong emphasis on full text titles cited in CINAHL.
Opposing Viewpoints in Context provides balance and perspective to every controversy. Targeted arguments from recognized subject-matter experts complement authoritative reference and top media sources. From immigration to stem cells to texting-while-driving, Opposing Viewpoints in Context delivers 13,000+ pro/con views, 1,000+ court case overviews, and thousands more topic overviews, biographies and profiles. This highly relevant content contributes to the understanding and evaluation of hot debate topics.
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: Critical Thinking is an ingenious new way to help students develop the critical-thinking skills they need, while supporting their personal development and mastery of curricula. The new Critical Thinking module offers activities, assessments and tools that encourage students to interact with, argue about and analyze issues and concepts, encouraging the next step of learning, beyond rote memorization. Additionally, students can use Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: Critical Thinking in a self-directed fashion, as a resource for group projects and in a classroom environment. Students will master core curriculum content and develop skills while engaging in the self-discovery of their opinions across a broad spectrum of issues. Based on the acclaimed Greenhaven Press® print series, Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center offers thousands of statistics, newspaper and magazine articles, images, primary source documents, Web site links, podcasts, and articles written by experts on a wide variety of current-event topics. Students love the easy access to some of the best sources of information available on today’s most controversial topics. Librarians appreciate how Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: Critical Thinking represents a new vision for reference: a movement away from static resources toward a personalized learning experience. Educators value the rich, authoritative resources that supplement and amplify classroom teaching. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center: Critical Thinking is 21st century reference for 21st century learners.
Gale Group PROMT® is a multiple-industry database that provides broad, international coverage of companies, products, markets, and applied technologies for all industries. PROMT is comprised of abstracts and full-text records from the world's important trade and business journals, local newspapers, regional business publications, national and international business newspapers, industry newsletters, research studies, investment analysts' reports, corporate news releases, and corporate annual reports. PROMT abstracts and full-text records cover the international events and activities of public and private companies throughout the world.
Based on the acclaimed Science Resource Center, the new Science in Context combines an eye-catching web-like user experience with a comprehensive selection of the finest science content available. Supporting high school curricula and university coursework, Science in Context features authoritative information for assignments and projects, and provides detailed coverage of popular subjects from obesity to endangered species. Science in Context features:
- A media-rich selection of videos, audios, podcasts, images and interactives
- Gale references including our most acclaimed science series, like Experiment Central
- Curriculum-aligned content to aid educators and enhance student research
- Full-text articles from national and global newspapers, magazines and journals
The growing collection of new Gale In Context knowledge portals deliver authoritative, media-rich content complemented by features that foster information literacy and encourage critical thinking:
- Search Assist (with "Did You Mean?" prompt) helps users find accurate results
- Factbox overviews of biographical highlights encourage further investigation
- Related Topics and vetted websites aid discovery of similar content
- Content organized by type - reference, news, primary sources, multimedia and more - supports general users and those who wish to conduct extensive research
- Interactive maps place information in geographical context
- Translation-on-demand, ReadSpeaker text-to-speech and font size adjustment technology support diverse communities and differentiated learning
- MLA7 and APA citation tools facilitate correct assignment presentation
- Tools to download, print and share content online encourages collaboration
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The Archives Library Information Center (ALIC)
More than a traditional library, the Archives Library Information Center (ALIC) is more than a traditional library. Recognizing that our customers no longer expect to work within the walls of a library, these pages are designed to provide NARA staff and researchers nationwide with convenient access to content beyond the physical holdings of our two traditional libraries. ALIC provides access to information on American history and government, archival administration, information management, and government documents to NARA staff, archives and records management professionals, and the general public.
The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
ERIC was established by the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in 1966. ERIC provides access to an immense collection of education-related literature. ERIC consists of a database and an extensive network of subject experts. The ERIC database uses the ERIC thesaurus for controlled vocabulary, and includes more than one million abstracts and citations to reports, documents, and articles.
Full-text reports on educational topics prepared by the ERIC Clearinghouses, provide broad information on current subjects and point to sources for additional information.
WebJunction bridges the barriers to learning by providing open, affordable, online learning communities.
Search ERIC Wizard
Frames-based version of the ERIC database, complete from 1966 to the present. The search engine is based on the ERIC Thesaurus; entered keywords are matched to thesaurus entries, which can then be used as search terms. Some limit options are also available.
The Library of Congress
The nation's oldest federal cultural institution, the Library of Congress serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library's mission is to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people.
The Library of Congress Online Catalog contains approximately 14 million records representing books, serials, computer files, manuscripts, cartographic materials, music, sound recordings, and visual materials. The Online Catalog also displays searching aids for users, such as cross-references and scope notes. The catalog records reside in a single integrated database; they are not separated according to type of material, language of material, date of cataloging, or processing/circulation status.
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