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Honors 161 Library Research Guide

Print Books and Physical Kennedy Collections Not Available Due to Coronovirus

Due to the Coronovirus health concerns, PHYSICAL materials such as books listed in this guide are not currently available. Similarly, the library cannot provide access to PHYSICAL materials via CSU+ or Interlibary Loan.  However, 99% of what Kennedy Library offers are online resources, so you are in luck no matter where you are located!  And ILL can still provide articles, select book chapters, and other materials electronically.  This guide gives you great pointers on the best databases for your field. And if you need help, don't forget 24/7 live chat help, or you can also contact 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.