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Library How-To Guide

Find 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

Evaluate Sources

Learn about source evaluation, the peer review process, and types of information sources in the resources below.

Civic Online Reasoning Framework for Evaluating Credibility of Sources

Civic Online Reasoning is a framework created by the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) that is used to evaluate online sources for credibility. Civic Online Reasoning, according to SHEG, is the "ability to effectively search for, evaluate, and verify social and political information online. The ability to evaluate online content has become a prerequisite for thoughtful democratic participation." The following videos provide an introduction to three main questions that professional fact checkers ask when encountering information:

  1. Who's behind the information? (video)
  2. What's the evidence? (video)
  3. What do other sources say? (video)

Cite Sources