Research Resources

CALUMS Library has a plethora of research resources.

Research Resources

The CALUMS Library has a plethora of research resources:

  • Library Subscriptions
  • Periodicals
  • Open eBooks and Journals
  • Reference Tools
  • APA Formatting

If you have any questions about research resources, please feel free to ask the librarian.

Research Databases
  • Gale General OneFileAccess general interest magazines and key serials in a single resource. Best for general research.
  • Gale Academic OneFileQuickly access articles from a database of scholarly journals and other trusted periodicals. Best for academic research.
  • Gale In Context: Science – Understand context for hundreds of science topics through overviews, journals, news, interactive experiments, and more. 
  • Gale Business: Insights – Research global companies and industries with in-depth analysis through current news, statistical data, and comprehensive reports. 
  • Ask a librarian for login info

SAGE Data-Planet Statistical Datasets

SAGE Data-Planet Statistical Datasets online resource provides immediate access to standardized and structured datasets from public and private sources on various subjects. These include business, finance, banking, economics, sociology, political science, demography, agriculture, education, international studies, criminal justice, housing and construction, labor and employment, and energy resources and industries. Data-Planet offers visualization tools such as charts, maps, graphs, and tables, along with descriptive summaries and citations.

  • Ask a librarian for login info

ProQuest Database

The ProQuest database provides a comprehensive collection of scholarly works, case studies, and streaming videos in various fields like information technology, computer science, engineering, and environmental studies.

  • Ask a librarian for login info

Open Library for Business and Economics

Google Scholar

  • Thousands of free academic journals
  • No password

Entrepreneurship for research and statistics

OECD is an international organization that works to build better policies for better lives.


A “periodical” is a magazine, newspaper, or scholarly journal that comes out regularly or occasionally. It is important, however, to understand when and how to use them, as magazines and newspapers are different from scholarly journals

1. Newspapers
A “newspaper” is a periodical containing written information about current events (usually daily or weekly) and is often typed in black ink with a white or gray background. Newspapers can cover a wide variety of fields such as politics, business, sports and art, and often include materials such as opinion columns, weather forecasts, reviews of local services, obituaries, birth notices, crosswords, editorial cartoons, comic strips, and advice columns. 

CALUMS Newspaper Collection:

  • Wallstreet Journal
  • Orange County Business Journal

2. Magazines
A “magazine” is a periodical with a popular focus, i.e. aimed at the general public, and containing news,
personal narratives, and opinion. Articles are often written by professional writers with or without expertise
in the subject; they contain “secondary” discussion of events, usually with little documentation (e.g.
footnotes). Magazines use vocabulary understandable to most people, and often have lots of eye-catching
illustrations. Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, and Psychology Today are magazines.

CALUMS Magazine Collection:

  • Entrepreneur
  • Fast Company
  • Harvard Business Review
  • Inc.
  • Wired

    Understanding the Differences

    It’s important to understand the differences between journals and magazines/newspapers. Magazines/
    newspapers are not necessarily bad or low quality (nor are journals necessarily high quality) — they simply
    aren’t designed to support most upper-level academic research. This is because they do not document their
    sources of information, and they generally lack the depth of scholarly journals.

    The CALUMS Library provides journals, magazines, and newspapers for its students, faculty, and staff to use within the library.

    eBooks and Journals

    Directory of Open Access Journals

    DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

    Access DOAJ

    Free Access to eBooks in the Public Domain

    Public domain: the book is no longer under copyright and can be freely distributed.

    Alex Catalog of Electronic Texts This is a collection of public domain and open access documents with a focus on American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.
    Bibliomania Free online literature with more than 2,000 classic texts.
    Bookboon Download free eBooks and textbooks.
    CoreEcon Open Access texts for economics students.
    Goodreads Lets users track and rate books and network with other readers.
    Digital Book Index Links to 140,000 free eBooks.
    Econometrics Text A small collection of out-of-print econometric texts.
    EIX Entrepreneurship for research and statistics
    English Server EServer provides digital texts in the humanities.
    Feedbooks Discover thousands of eBooks, including new releases and the best collection of free public domain books, that you can read on any mobile device.
    Free Books for Doctors Free access to medical books.
    Great Books Online Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse.
    Google Books Offers samples of recently published books, and complete versions of older titles.

    Google Free eBook (business management)

    Google Free eBook (computer information systems)

    Provides many eBooks free.
    Manybooks Thousands of free ebooks, pre-formatted for reading on your computer, smartphone, iPod, or e-reading.
    Open Library An open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published.
    Oxford Text Archive Several thousand electronic texts in a many languages.
    Project Gutenberg Offers older books, CDs and DVDs available as downloads.
    RefSeek Directory of leading domestic and international news services, aggregators, and newspapers.
    Statistic Offers training resources for statistics, and covers a wide variety of applications, including laboratory research (biomedical, agricultural, etc.), business statistics and forecasting, social science statistics and survey research, data mining, engineering and quality control applications, and many others.
    The Online Books Page Listing over 2 million free books on the Web.
    The National Academy Press This site contains over 2,500 free eBooks.
    Wikibooks An open-content textbooks collection that anyone can edit.

    Purchase Books

    Reference Tools

    When conducting research, it is important to credit other people’s words and ideas that are not your own, in order to give your work more credibility and to allow readers to further their own understanding of the topic.

    CalUMS uses the American Psychological Association (APA) style manual, seventh edition (updated October 2019), as the standard style guide for all its courses. Consistency of style encourages students to develop a habit of discipline in organizing their research. Other style guides, like the Modern Language Association (MLA) Handbook and the Chicago Manual of Style, are also widely recognized in scholarly research.

    For advice on understanding the APA style, students may consult the printed copies of the APA style guide in the Library. Purdue University also offers its Purdue Online Writing Lab on the Internet to non-Purdue students, providing assistance in all aspects of writing, including the use of APA and other styles. You may access this assistance by clicking here:

    Directory of Open Access Journals

    DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

    Access DOAJ



    Plagiarism Checking
    Free online plagiarism checkers for teachers and students. Turnitin alternative.