Skip To Content

University Library

University Library

Research Tutorials

The University Library's self-paced online video tutorials provide on-demand research instruction for students. Need help with the fundamentals of college level research, from constructing effective search strategies to figuring out what the heck a scholarly journal is? Then try our EZ Research tutorial or our more in-depth Research 101 tutorials. For brief overviews on finding books and articles or accessing materials that our library doesn't own, try our Finding Books & Articles tutorials. And if you want to know more about how you can connect Google Books, Google Scholar, and Zotero with the library to maximize your research and quickly organize and cite your sources, scroll down to our tutorials focusing on Online Research Tools. For subject-specific research tips and information, please visit our Research Guides.

The Research Process:

abc blocks Provides an introduction to conducting library research. Includes a Quiz and Certificate of Completion.
Watch the tutorial.
young woman holding books Interactive tutorial focusing on how to select reputable sources for academic research projects.
Watch the tutorial.

cartoon of searching through papers Interactive tutorial focusing on strategies for selecting relevant sources.
Watch the tutorial.

the word topic written on paper Part 1 of Research 101 focuses on selecting and refining a research topic. Includes Quiz and Certificate of Completion.
Watch the tutorial.
Slower Connection.

image of books, magazines, periodicals Part 2 of Research 101 focuses on some of the different types of information available on the web and via the library. It also discusses the appropriateness of specific information types for different kinds of research projects. Includes Quiz and Certificate of Completion.
Watch the tutorial.
Slower Connection

image of a maze Part 3 of Research 101 focuses on constructing effective search strategies to find high quality information on your topic. Includes Quiz and Certificate of Completion.
Watch the tutorial.
Slower Connection

image of a scale Part 4 of Research 101 focuses on strategies for evaluating the information you find. Includes Quiz and Certificate of Completion.
Watch the tutorial.
Slower Connection

image of a works cited page Part 5 of Research 101 focuses on using information ethically, citing your sources, and avoiding plagiarism. Includes Quiz and Certificate of Completion.
Watch the tutorial.
Slower Connection

Finding Books & Articles:

image of a books Learn how to find print and ebooks through the Cal Poly Pomona library. Includes Quiz and Certificate of Completion.
Watch the tutorial.

delivery truck with Link plus logo Learn how to access library materials that are checked out or that our library doesn't own. Includes Quiz and Certificate of Completion.
Watch the tutorial.

hand holding a small globe Learn how to access library materials that are checked out or that our library doesn't own. Includes Quiz and Certificate of Completion.
Watch the tutorial.

theses on shelf Learn how to find Master's Theses and Projects produced by Cal Poly Pomona students. Includes Quiz and Certificate of Completion.
Watch the tutorial.

screenshot of abi inform database Learn about simple techniques for retrieving scholarly information from Proquest and EBSCO databases that focus on business research. Features comprehension quiz and certificate of completion.
Watch the tutorial.

Online Research Tools:

zotero application icons Learn how to use Zotero, a free program designed to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research resources. With the click of a button you can instantly store citation information for the online sources you find as you browse the web or the library's databases.
Watch the tutorial.

man in scholar costume Learn how to use Google Scholar in conjunction with the CPP University Library to find scholarly articles and to access them for free.
Watch the tutorial.

cartoon robot Learn how to use Google books to find out if a book contains information on your topic and then find the book through the library (rather than paying for it!)
Watch the tutorial.

Library Research Tours:

dvd and vhs tape Take a library tour! Follow a student as she navigates the library in search of media.
Watch the tutorial.

image of hands on computer keyboard Take a library tour! Follow a student as she goes in search of high quality library resources for her research paper.
Watch the tutorial.

folder with course reserves written on it Take a library tour! Follow a student as she locates reserve materials at the library.
Watch the tutorial.

student studying at table Take a library tour! Follow a student as she seeks out study spaces in the library.
Watch the tutorial.

magnifying glass searching paper Take a library tour! Follow a student as she tracks down citations at the library.
Watch the tutorial.

Got suggestions for additional tutorials that would help you with your research? Contact Christy Stevens.