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University Now: Introduction

Help for UNow students working to complete their Henrietta Lacks assignment


The purpose of this guide is to provide an overview of the research process.

The process outlined will demonstrate how to find sources for a research paper or project.  Specifically, you will learn how to find books, full-text articles, and useful internet sites. 

The information provided by this guide is an introduction to the research process.  It should not be viewed as a substitute for individual assistance on any topic. 

PLNU Reference Librarians are available to help with any research questions you may have.  You can contact us via:

Ask a Librarian

Chat with a librarian here! 

You can also connect via text message at 619-592-8884 or by email.


Before you can open an ebook or database, you will be promted to enter your PLNU Network ID and password. Use the same ID and passwords you use for Canvas.

Google Form for Session #2

Open this Google Form, type in your name, answer #1, do a Google search on your topic, and answer #2 and #3:

Ryan Library Website

The Ryan Library website is your portal to all of your library research.

We suggest making a bookmark for the main Ryan Library page.

Feeling Scholarly?

Science Research Guides

These Research Guides provide more information on how to access science related resources through Ryan Library:





Physics & Engineering: