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English 101 Research Guide: Searching for Information

Resources to assist English 101 students with their research.

Off-Campus Access

If you are not using a networked computer on the SDSU campus when you click on an electronic resource (database) on the Briggs Library site, you will be asked to enter a username and password.

SDSU Students

  • Enter your MyState Online username. (This should be the same as your Self Service login ID.)
  • Enter your MyState Online password. (This should be $ and then your student ID number, e.g. $1234567, unless you have changed your MyState Online password.)

Password Help: SDSU Computer Support Desk 605.688.6776 or or contact SDSU Librarians.


Using the Library's Quick Search

On the library's home page use the Quick Search option to access PRIMO Discovery Service.  Quick Search searches the library's catalog and a number of the library's databases simultaneously.

Using Library Databases

NEIU Library

General Databases

General databases cover many topic areas and are excellent resources for undergraduate research. Three general databases available through Briggs Library are listed below.

Subject-Specific Databases

Briggs Library provides access to over 100 databases. General databases cover a broad range of topics. Other library databases limit their coverage to certain topic areas. These are valuable for in-depth and scholarly research. Consult the library's Research Guides to identify recommended databases in your subject area. Below are just a few examples of subject-specific databases.

Finding Books

Print Books

The library has over 750,00 books in the shelves on the 3rd floor, all of them available for check-out. The best way to search for them is by using Quick Search, the search box on the library homepage. Watch the video below for more information on how to that. 


The library has collections of eBooks that can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection; log in with the same credentials you use to access article databases. In most cases, you can view the book right in your browser but some collections require you to create a free account with them in order to borrow and download texts. If you have trouble, ask a librarian for help. 

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