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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 blocksProvides an introduction to conducting library research. Includes a Quiz and Certificate of Completion.
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young woman holding booksInteractive tutorial focusing on how to select reputable sources for academic research projects.
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cartoon of searching through papersInteractive tutorial focusing on strategies for selecting relevant sources.
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the word topic written on paperPart 1 of Research 101 focuses on selecting and refining a research topic. Includes Quiz and Certificate of Completion.
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Slower Connection.

image of books, magazines, periodicalsPart 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.
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Slower Connection

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

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

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

Finding Books & Articles:

image of a keyLearn how to find print and ebooks through the Cal Poly Pomona library. Includes Quiz and Certificate of Completion.
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image of catalog record for kerouac, jackLearn how to find print and ebooks through the Cal Poly Pomona library. Includes Quiz and Certificate of Completion.
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delivery truck with Link plus logoLearn how to access library materials that are checked out or that our library doesn't own. Includes Quiz and Certificate of Completion.
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hand holding a small globeLearn how to access library materials that are checked out or that our library doesn't own. Includes Quiz and Certificate of Completion.
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theses on shelfLearn how to find Master's Theses and Projects produced by Cal Poly Pomona students. Includes Quiz and Certificate of Completion.
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screenshot of abi inform databaseLearn about simple techniques for retrieving scholarly information from Proquest and EBSCO databases that focus on business research. Features comprehension quiz and certificate of completion.
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directional signs with database namesLearn how to select an appropriate database to begin searching for articles on your topic. Includes Quiz and Certificate of Completion.
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image of a keyword search in databaseLearn how to find articles on your topic using the multi-subject database Academic Search Premier. Includes Quiz and Certificate of Completion.
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image of cursor on pdf iconLearn how to access the full-text of the articles you find. Includes Quiz and Certificate of Completion.
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Online Research Tools:

zotero application iconsLearn 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.
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man in scholar costumeLearn how to use Google Scholar in conjunction with the CPP University Library to find scholarly articles and to access them for free.
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cartoon robotLearn 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!)
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Library Research Tours:

dvd and vhs tapeTake a library tour! Follow a student as she navigates the library in search of media.
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image of hands on computer keyboardTake a library tour! Follow a student as she goes in search of high quality library resources for her research paper.
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folder with course reserves written on itTake a library tour! Follow a student as she locates reserve materials at the library.
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student studying at tableTake a library tour! Follow a student as she seeks out study spaces in the library.
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magnifying glass searching paperTake a library tour! Follow a student as she tracks down citations at the library.
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Got suggestions for additional tutorials that would help you with your research? Contact Christy Stevens.