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Honors 161 Library Research Guide

COVID-19: Limited Access to Tangible Kennedy Collections and CSU+ through "Contactless Pick-up"

95% of Kennedy Library collections are online resources, so for these you are in luck no matter where you are located!  Currently, physical materials from Kennedy Library (excluding print Course Reserves) can be requested and checked out through contactless pickup.  Some items can also be requested and checked out using CSU+.  Such access to physical items will not be as rapid as under normal circumstances, so this is not a good option if you are in a hurry. For items held outside the CSU system, ILL can provide articles, select book chapters, and other materials electronically, but no physical items can be requested at this time. For details regarding "contactless pick-up" see the Kennedy COVID-19 Guide at:https://guides.lib.calpoly.edu/COVID-19

This guide gives you great pointers on the best databases and resources for your field. Don't forget that you can find help on 24/7 live chat at any time of day or night.  You can also email the CLA librarian, Brett Bodemer, at bbodemer@calpoly.edu.

Microtheme: What is Sustainability? Find Credible, scholarly background information.

Establishing The Problem To Be Solved Using Credible Sources

1) Think about the scope of your problem: is it local, state, national, or global?

     If it crosses several or all of these scales, refine the specific focus to an achievable scope.

2)  What, specifically, IS the problem?  You cannot just declare that something is a problem.  You have to define it and cite credible sources that establishes the main outline of the problem.

3)  What are the characteristics of credible sources?

     Scroll to the bottom of this page for a VISUAL overview, "Scholarly Vs. Popular Sources".

4)  Where can I find credible sources?

Immediately below on this page are some suggestions for finding: 

          A) Credible articles and books

          B) Credible reports

          C) Credible data

Find Credible Articles

Search Ebook Central, SpringerLink, JSTOR, Project Muse and Wiley for ebooks, chapters and articles

Find Credible Data

Find Credible Reports

Types of Sources: Scholarly vs. Popular Sources

When exploring a topic and formulating a research question it is important to consult different types of sources as well as points of view. Use this page to be able to identify types of information sources and distinguish between scholarly and popular sources. Your professor may also require a minimum number of sources and types (e.g. peer-reviewed journal articles) that you need to use in your research assignment.