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Faculty Resources Guide


OneSearch is CSUSM University Library's library’s searching tool to locate book, ebooks, articles, videos and more provided by the Library. OneSearch has been adopted by all 23 CSU libraries giving the CSU system a shared platform to collaborate and share resources.

  • However, please be aware that when students are trying to find articles they can feel overwhelmed by the amount of unrelated results that OneSearch returns.  Therefore, we often recommend that students, especially those new to research, use a specific database rather than OneSearch when searching for articles.


CSUSM students have access to over 200 databases containing full-text articles, e-books, videos, and more! There are a few ways to find the best databases for your research. You can browse the databases by Most PopularBy Subject, or Title

Library Reserves

Library Reserves provide instructors an easy way of creating, accessing, and managing course resources. Instructors can build, maintain, and share reading lists that include all material types, physical and electronic, such as books, articles, and media. 

Purchase Requests

  • For course purchase requests, contact the Library Reserve department at

InterLibrary Loan

If you come across items that our library doesn’t own while doing research, we can easily get these for you from our partner libraries for free -- whether it’s a book, DVD, electronic journal article, or something else. This service is called Interlibrary Loan or ILL.

  • To be able to get an item, you MUST make sure that you are signed into OneSearch with your campus login.  

Login to Your Account from OneSearch


  • If the item you want is not available, look for the “Get it for me from other libraries” option. When you click on this, the full record opens.
    • For books, if you are signed in when you open the full record you will see an option to “Get it."  Click on that.
    • For articles, you will see a link that says, “Get it through Interlibrary Loan” when you open the full record.  Click on that.
  • If you know exactly what you’re looking for, you may also submit requests by going straight to the Interlibrary Loan form.
  • For questions and/or additional assistance, you can reach out to Interlibrary Loan staff at