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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 and videos below.

Research 101 Tutorial

NOTE:

  • Use the menu on the left side to navigate freely within the tutorial.
  • There are ten Knowledge Check questions throughout the tutorial for your own self-assessment. If you need to re-try the questions after finishing the tutorial, restarting the tutorial won't reset the questions. Please clear your browser cache to do so. Here's more information about "getting credit" for completing the tutorial.
  • Any problems? Email kbussert@calpoly.edu for assistance. 

Canvas Module: "Starting Your Research: Ethics, Information Sources, and Evaluation"

In this all-inclusive module, you'll find pages that cover a wide variety of topics related to doing research in Kennedy Library, from the ethics of research to the nuts and bolts of searching and citing, to accessing library resources virtually and more.

For Instructors - Upload from Canvas Commons

For Students - Self-Enroll

Library Research Workshops - Registration

Kennedy Library's Research Workshops are live, synchronous Zoom workshops designed for students taking GE Area A: Communication Courses (English 134, 145, 149, and COMS 101, 102, 145). Students will learn how to search Kennedy Library’s databases strategically, ask questions, and hone their research skills by completing an in-class activity where they find and evaluate an information source on their chosen topic.

We also offer workshops on Finding & Using Images and Introduction to Data Visualization. These are scheduled by your professors during specific weeks of the quarter. 

OneSearch to Find Articles (video)

OneSearch to Find Books and eBooks (video)

Choose the Right Database (video)

Understand Types of Information Sources (video)

Get the Full (Article) Text (video)