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Research Survival Guide  

Get started with essential tools and concepts for successful research at Cal Poly. Formerly known as Freshmen 101.
Last Updated: May 21, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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How This Guide Can Help You

Welcome to your Research Survival Guide! After exploring this guide, we hope you will:

  • Be comfortable enough to use the library catalog and find books and journals in the library
  • Understand what databases are and how to use them
  • Understand what a peer-reviewed article is and how to identify one
  • Know what help, study spaces and technology are available to you in the library


The tabs along the top will help you complete your research.


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Where Can I Find More Help for my Research?

Come to the Research Help Desk in room 111 of the Kennedy Library, where a student LibRAT or librarian can help with any question you have!

Call the Research Help Desk at (805) 756-2649.

Chat online with a librarian or a LibRAT.

Make a personal appointment to meet with your College Librarian.

For help writing your paper you can contact the The Writing Center.

You can call the Circulation Desk for basic library information at  (805) 756-5760.

For the many ways to access help, including chat, click on ASK.

Library Location & Hours

Click to see the current hours posted on the library website: Kennedy Hours

To see where rooms and places are located: Library Floor Maps

The Library and its helpful staff can be found in building 35, near Dexter lawn (campus map).


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