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New Videos!

Here are videos about Finding Articles in our Library. For more complete information click on the "Finding Books and Articles" tab at the top of the page.

Finding Articles - Basic Searching (video)


Finding Articles - Improving Your Search (video)

Search Tools

  • LIBX at JPLL
    A Firefox extension that adds SF state library searching functionality to your web browser, enhancing linking between library resources and web resources like Google scholar, and WorldCat
  • Google Scholar
    Use Google Scholar to search the web for scholarly articles, books and websites.
  • Set Google Scholar Preferences to Link to Library Resources
    Instructions to set up Google Scholar to link to library resources. So if an article isn't full text on the free web--you can quickly check the library

Nursing Research Exercise

All About eBooks!


Did you know that the Library has thousands of electronic books (eBooks) that can be viewed from any web-accessible computer?

eBooks are available on many different topics and are a great way to get full-text information anytime you need it. Watch the video to learn how to search for and use eBooks through the Leonard Library.

Library News/Updates



Text the Library

Text a librarian to ask simple research and other library related questions. Standard text messaging charges apply. This service is offered when Research Assistance is available. See hours.

Instant Message (IM) a Librarian!
 IM reference assistance is now available via our website during regular business hours.
Just click on "IM Library Help" from the Library's main web page or if the box to the right says "LibraryHelp is Online" you can get immediate help from the Research Assistance Desk.

Teach Yourself

Intro to College Level Research
An overview of college research, including the web and library resources.


Creating a Research Strategy
How to turn your topic into a search that will WORK!


Evaluating Information
How to evaluate the information you locate, including the difference between scholarly and non-scholarly sources.


Online Library Access

Setting up a Library PIN and Viewing Your Library Record

Set up a library pin (personal identification number) to access the electronic databases from off campus and to order materials through the document delivery service.


Your Librarian

Jeff Rosen
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J. Paul Leonard Library

San Francisco State University

1630 Holloway Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94132

(415) 338-1811


Office Hours - By Appointment