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Research 101

Your starter kit for college-level research at Kennedy Library. Advance your research skills with the self-guided tutorials, handouts, videos and more!

Find Research Sources

OneSearch (Library) Catalog

The OneSearch Catalog provides access to most of the resources available through our subscription databases.

Subject-Specific and Multi-disciplinary Databases

Additional Resources

If you are logged into My Cal Poly Portal, you should automatically be able to access library licensed material from your own device. 

A reliable way to troubleshoot access issues is to connect to Cal Poly's Virtual Private Network (VPN), available through GlobalProtect. Installation instructions are on the campus ITS website.

Many of the databases you use to find articles are discovery tools only, meaning you will then need to use the records you've found to access the actual documents. The tutorials below present a variety of ways to access full text articles.

There is a growing variety of extensions you can add to your internet browser to search for legal access to free to read copies of articles with the click of a button. Some options are linked below.

Precision Searching Strategies

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