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Research Guide

Real Estate

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Library databases provide access to thousands of articles and ebooks you'll need for your research. Library databases can be accessed off campus by entering your SURF ID and password. For a complete list view our Databases by Subject listing.

Business Source Premier provides full-text coverage of scholarly business, management and economics journals. The collection also includes publications covering topics such as accounting, banking, finance, international business, marketing, sales, Regional Business News provides full text for nearly 100 regional U.S. and Canadian business publications. Vocational & Career Collection provides full text coverage for nearly 340 trade and industry-related periodicals.

Articles & Journals

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Nexis Uni is a leading database for researching news, business, and legal topics. It contains more than 6,000 sources from all over the world, drawn from print, broadcast, and online media..  Ebscohost provides access to several periodical databases. Academic Search Ultimate contains  full text articles from mostly academic/scholarly journals. Masterfile Complete provides more general and popular periodicals. ProQuest's US Newsstream offers full-text of Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Denver Post, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal / Constitution, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, and over 500 other newspapers, plus other news sources

Books & eBooks

The MiraCosta College Library owns copies of over 200,000 books and ebooks! To locate books in print and ebooks, use the Library Catalog . If you wish to access the ebooks from off-campus, you will need to enter your SURF ID and password. Try the Databases by Subject list for additional reference, periodical, and ebook databases.

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Reference & eBook databases provide background information and in-depth research on many research topics.  Popular databases include: Gale Virtual Reference Library; Oxford Reference Online; EBSCO eBooks; Britannica Online, and Springer eBooks.

Multimedia Sources

The MiraCosta College subscribes to several streaming video databases containing documentaries and educational videos. If accessing streaming databases from off-campus, you will be prompted for your SURF ID and password.
Films On Demand provides streaming educational videos on subject areas including Archival Films & Newsreels, Social Sciences, Business, Science, Health & Medicine and more. Academic Video Online (VAST) is a multidisciplinary collection of streaming video with approximately 17,000 full-length videos in 22 disciplines.  Intelecom is a searchable video clip database covering a wide variety of disciplines. Topic-specific clips average 3 to 5 minutes in length and are closed-captioned.


Web Resources


Miracosta College Real Estate Program

The Real Estate program (REAL) provides training for students planning to enter the real estate profession, as well as opportunities for those already working in real estate and related areas to increase their knowledge in the field. Real Estate, along with Accounting and Business Administration, comprise the MiraCosta College Business Department. Career options include real estate sales, property management, appraising, brokerage and mortgage services.

California Bureau of Real Estate

The California Legislature enacted the nation's first real estate license law in 1917. Providing for the licensing and regulation of real estate licensees, this law continues to serve as a model for similar legislation in many other states. The California Bureau of Real Estate (CalBRE) continues to enjoy a nationwide reputation as a leader in real estate licensing and regulation. Its mission is to safeguard and promote the public interests in real estate matters through licensure, regulation, education and enforcement.

National Association of Realtors

The National Association of REALTORS® is America's largest trade association, representing over 1.1 million members, including NAR's institutes, societies, and councils, involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

California Association of Realtors

The California Association of Realtors is a statewide trade association dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. The Association develops and promotes programs and services that will enhance the members' freedom and ability to conduct their individual businesses successfully with integrity and competency and, through collective action, promotes the preservation of real property rights.

North San Diego County Association of Realtors

NSDCAR was founded in 1994 when several small boards of REALTORS® joined forces to better serve REALTORS® and real estate consumers in the rapidly growing areas of North San Diego County. Today it is the largest trade association in North County, representing approximately 6,000 real estate industry professionals.

Greater San Diego County Association of Realtors

In 1878 the first real estate board of San Diego was organized by Cyrus Arnold. It was known as the Real Estate Board of San Diego. Today with more than 12,000 members, the renamed Greater San Diego Association of Realtors is the largest trade association in the county.