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A selective guide to information sources available from SF State's J. Paul Leonard Library.

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The following bibliography is a selective guide to information sources for the family studies discipline available from SF State's J. Paul Leonard Library.  To view the entire research guide, simply click on the Family Studies Research Guide link below.  The lists of relevant online reference books, recommended databases, and selected Internet sites are duplicated following that link.


Welcome to the Libguide for Consumer and Family Studies!

The goal of this Libguide is to provide a set of resources and to show students how to utilize the tools of the library in the most productive way possible. Click on the tabs above to access tools that will aid you in your reserach. If you're not sure what the purpose of a certain tab is, read on in the description section below this box.

Library research, as always, begins with your own in-depth analysis of the topic. As you start your research, you will want, for example, to outline the component parts of the topic, generate lists of keywords and variations, decide how current, historical, scholarly or popular the articles or books should be, and identify key researchers and journals in the field.

If you have not yet done so, we highly recommend taking the Library Skills Tutorial in our RESEARCH HELP: DIY (Do-It-Yourself) LibGuide! This will help you search efficiently and get the most out of SF State's library resources.

Description of Libguide Content

Finding Books

The Finding Books page will show you where to go to look for useful books and where to go to request these items once you have identified them. There is also a discussion of relevant call number ranges on this page, which will aid you in finding books on specific topics.

Finding Articles

For users looking for useful CFS-related databases, this page contains a number of recommendations for resources that will help you locate the articles you need.

Consumer Family Studies Websites

A list of CFS websites and descriptions of what the websites contain and are useful for.

Reference Sources

This page contains resources such as encyclopedias, subject-specific dictionaries, indexes, and bibliographies. Users who need to get a better idea of some aspect of their topic may want to begin looking here, as reference resources are generally meant to provide background information.

Citing Sources

Information on citing sources using different citation styles

Library News/Updates

Until Spring 2014, Undergraduates were required to complete OASIS to fulfill the Basic Information Competence Requirement. No more! The research skills have now been incorporated into the courseswork in General Education. We invite you to explore the OASIS tutorial, which is still very helpful, but no longer required. 


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Subject Guide

Adam Mann

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Caroline Harnly (, former Family Studies librarian, for her contributions to previous versions of this research guide.