Hello! I'm your Foundational Learning and Engagement Librarian. I can help you locate, evaluate, and use information for your research projects. I'm a first generation college graduate with a BA in Biology and Master's in Library & Information Science.
This 4 min tutorial shows you how to search well in most databases (courtesy of UCLA Library).
Tip: Each database and platform should have documentation available on how to make best use of these tools. Look for search tips/help buttons within the search interface, or on developer websites or user community forums/blogs.
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.
Use this form to request to borrow items the library doesn't own/license. If you have a DOI for an article, entering it will fill out the rest of the form automatically. If you're able to find the item in Onesearch, you will find instructions for requesting a loan and will not have to provide as much information.
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.
This 3 minute video discusses how to:
• Choose an appropriately scoped research topic
• Overcome challenges in your search
• Locate a variety of information sources, including
Courtesy of McMaster University Library
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