Article databases help you find the articles and research information that you need. Find databases listed by topic, by database name, or do a quick search to find just a few articles.
Kennedy Library provides access to thousands of eBooks in many different subject areas.
Kindles with pre-loaded titles are also available for check-out. Current titles and availability are both listed in the PolyCat record for the Kindles.
An online and comprehensive collection of over 3,700 high quality books in the humanities and area studies, chosen by scholars and scholarly societies. These titles are provided by the ACLS in collaboration with twenty learned societies and over 100 contributing publishers.
A collection eBooks in business, supply and operations management, international business, social media, finance, accounting, public relations, and marketing strategy.
CABI (Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International) eBooks cover such subjects as animal and veterinary sciences, agricultural economics, environmental science, food, human health and nutrition, plant sciences, rural studies, and leisure and tourism studies.
CRCnetBase eBooks publishes hundreds of reference handbooks in engineering, chemistry, biology, medicine, technology and the environment.
EBL offers content across all subject areas, with a focus on recent titles – most specifically in the areas of Science, Technology and Medicine (STM). EBL features titles from hundreds of academic publishers. Individual titles are listed in PolyCat.
Offers full text content for over 1,400 titles and also provides access to more than 3,500 publicly available titles, primarily literary classics. The collection covers the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences.
Publishes content from university presses and other scholarly publishers. You can create an account to add notes to books, keep a handy “bookshelf”, and download books to ebook readers. Individual titles are listed in PolyCat.
Offers MIT Press eBook titles in fields such as computer science, artificial intelligence, information theory, computer programming, information technology and electrical engineering.
Full-text scholarly eBook titles in the fields of language and literature, philosophy, religious studies, and sociology.
Project MUSE provides eBooks content primarily in the humanities and social sciences content; MUSE eBook and journals content, published by leading university presses and scholarly societies, is fully integrated for discovery on their platform.
The Safari eBook Library provides access to almost 6,000 titles in computer programming and sciences, desktop and web applications, digital media, communications, career planning and more.
Springer eBook content includes an array of subjects such as architecture and design, biomedical sciences, chemistry, engineering, Environmental Sciences, life sciences, mathematics, physics, public health and more.
Open access (free) eBooks
There are also many other eBooks freely available on the web. These are primarily older books, which are no longer restricted by copyright law. Some sites also offer previews of newer books, and can be a great way to discover what books are available on a topic.
Google has partnered with libraries to provide full and partial content to more than 20 million books.
Google Books offers advanced search optiions, personal library and book list and other features. In addition to conventional books, Google Books now offers online editions of older trade and popular magazines (e.g. Life, Mother Jones). This is a great source to identify potential books and read a sample to learn if the book will be useful to you.
A large-scale collaborative repository of digital content from research libraries including content digitized via the Google Books project as well as content digitized by libraries. HathiTrust provides access to over 5.5 million books. HathiTrust provides a number of discovery and access services, notably, full-text search across the entire repository.
The Internet Archive is a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.
Their Open Library project features over 1 million freely available eBook titles.
Find books at Kennedy Library
- PolyCat Online Catalog — Use PolyCat to search for books by keyword, author, title and more.
- Locating books on the shelf at Kennedy Library
- Course Reserves
At our partner libraries
Use Link+ to search for books at our partner libraries, including many university and public libraries. These books may be requested through the Link+ system and then delivered to Kennedy Library for pick-up. Use the barcode number located below your photo on your PolyCard ID card when requesting items. Requests for items held at Kennedy Library will not be processed, so please check PolyCat prior to requesting through Link+. Delivery time: 3-5 days
At Libraries Worldwide
Use WorldCat to search for books from libraries across the United States and other countries.
Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request items not available at Kennedy Library or through Link+. Delivery time: 7-14 days
Scholarly journals include articles written for subject specialists and are critically evaluated by experts before they can be published (peer-reviewed).
Print journal locations (shelf maps)
The library provides access to over 50,000 electronic journals.
The library continues to receive some print journals and the latest issues of these are shelved alphabetically by title in Room 111.
Current (unbound) issues do not circulate. Once they are bound, periodical volumes can be checked out for 4 days.
Main collection (floors 3, 4, and 5)
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Journals on microform
For some titles, the Library has retained older issues on microfilm or microfiche.
How to view
Microfilm and microfiche can be viewed on special machines in room 111. Images of pages may be viewed, printed or scanned.
A selection of local, national, and international newspapers is conveniently located by Julian’s Café on the second floor of Kennedy Library.
You can also access many issues online.
- LexisNexis Academic
- Provides full-text of current (and older) issues of major newspapers including the New York Times and news magazines, published since late 1980s. Provides full-text transcripts from non-print news media such as National Public Radio, CNN, Fox, ABC, etc.
- ProQuest Newsstand
- Provides full-text articles from 500 national and international newspapers, including the New York Times (1980-current) and Los Angeles Times (1985-current).
- ProQuest Historical Newspapers
- Provides articles and images from the New York Times, 1851-2003, and the Los Angeles Times, 1881-1985.
- California Newspapers (Newsbank)
- A full-text collection of major dailies and regional papers from over 20 California newspapers. Includes the Tribune and Fresno Bee. Coverage dates vary and the newspapers may be searched individually or in groups. Select “NewsBank California Newspaper Package” from the opening screen.
- San Luis Obispo Tribune
- Also available from 03/01/2001 to present in California Newspapers Certain freelance articles may not be available.
- ABI/INFORM provides in-depth coverage of business issues, management techniques, competitive information, and a variety of other topics. It indexes and abstracts articles from more than 1,000 leading business and management publications, including over 350 English-language titles from outside the United States. More than half of the articles are available in full-text or full-image.
- Mustang Daily
The following daily papers are currently available every morning:
- San Luis Obispo Tribune
- Fresno Bee
- Los Angeles Times
- New York Times
- Wall Street Journal
- Atascadero News
- La Opinion
- Paso Robles Press
- Santa Barbara News Press
- Santa Maria Times
- USA Today
Doctoral dissertations and masters theses are often overlooked as information sources. While dissertation writers may go on to publish their findings as articles or books, often the dissertation is the earliest and most detailed source of information. In some fields dissertations or theses may be the only source of information on a topic.
Writers of theses also want to be sure their own topics are unique before beginning an extensive research project. Checking to see if other researchers have done thesis or dissertation research on their topic is a good idea, in addition to checking for published books and articles.
There are three major databases where most doctoral dissertations and many masters theses can be found:
- National Library of Electronic Theses and Dissertations
- A collaborative effort of the NDLTD, OCLC, VTLS, and Scirus, the NDLTD Union Catalog contains more than one million records of electronic theses and dissertations with links to the full text.
- Dissertations & Theses (ProQuest)
- With more than 2 million entries, PQD&T is the single, central, authoritative resource for information about doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. Once you find a thesis or dissertation of interest, you may request a copy of a dissertation through our Interlibrary Loan service.
- WorldCat is a worldwide union catalog listing more than 74 million bibliographic records for items held in over 9000 libraries worldwide. To find a dissertation or thesis that may be held by another library:
- From the search page enter a dissertation topic (e.g., lean manufacturing).
- Scroll down to the Subtype Limits > Any Content drop box.
- Select Thesis/dissertation.
- Once you find a thesis or dissertation of interest, you may request a copy of a dissertation through our Interlibrary Loan service.
Cal Poly masters theses
All Cal Poly masters theses are cataloged in PolyCat and can be found by adding “Cal Poly masters thesis” to your keyword search. All masters theses submitted since 2009 are also available online through DigitalCommons@CalPoly.
What are government documents?
Government agencies collect, publish, store and maintain a wide range of information including statistical, industry, demographic, economic data, scientific, technical, historical, and agricultural information.
Where can I find government documents?
Many government publications are now available online, including historical documents. Some gateways to government documents online include:
Government Info on the Web
You can search government documents from California specifically using Google. By including the “site” command in your search, you limit your search to a particular site or range of sites.
- site:.gov (searches all government websites)
- site:.ca.gov (searches the California state government and many California county governments)
- site:.ca.us (searches many California city websites)
There are exceptions to these rules for counties and cities. Your safest bet is to search site:.gov and include the name of the city in the search as well as your topic keywords.
Where are government documents at the Kennedy Library?
- State of California documents: 2nd floor
- These are located on the second floor of the Kennedy Library, near the books from A-DS245 and the Teacher’s Resource Collection.
The Teachers Resource Center (TRC) collection supports the needs of undergraduate students in the Liberal Studies Department, single- and multi-subject teaching credential programs, and the School of Education.
For more information about what is in the Teachers Resource Center and how to find specific resources, please read our Teachers Resource Center Research Guide.
TRC collection areas
The TRC acts as a both a California Department of Education Learning Resources Display Center (LRDC) and an example of a K-12 school library.
State adopted textbooks, K-8
- The LRDC contains K-8 California state adopted textbooks, teacher’s edition textbooks, manipulatables, supplemental fiction and non-fiction books, and science experiments kits. LRDC materials are on loan from the State of California. The subjects (reading, language arts, music, science, health, mathematics, social studies, and multicultural education) are updated every seven years on a rotating schedule. These materials are for reference only and may not be checked out of the Library.
School library collection
- The TRC also consists of a special collection library with fiction and non-fiction books ranging from kindergarten to twelfth grade. The fiction consists of award winning titles, award winning authors and illustrators, notable books, multicultural books, and books that meet the local, state and federal school curriculum standards. The non-fiction books also supplement these standards.
Picture books and big books
- In an effort to support campus families, the ASI Children’s Center and the Preschool Learning Lab there are a small number of picture books intended for children K-3 and “big books” suitable for reading aloud to groups of children.
For more information please contact Jeanine Scaramozzino by email or by phone (756-5677).
Looking for resources?
Use the “Search Everything” at the top of this page. You can search for books, eBooks, online articles and more, or you can limit your search to just PolyCAT, eJournals or search our website.
- Search PolyCAT.
- PolyCat is Kennedy Library’s online catalog . Find books, e-books, course reserves, online resources, senior projects, maps, periodicals, and videos in the library’s collection and from libraries across California.
Can’t find it here?
- Expand your search with LINK+.
- LINK+ is a union catalog of contributed holdings from participating libraries in California and Nevada. Items not available at the Kennedy Library may be requested through LINK+. They are delivered to Kennedy Library or a library of your choice in two to four days.
Still no results?
- Try Interlibrary Services.
- We can get it from anywhere for you with Interlibrary Loan.