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Archive for February, 2013

CSI: E. coli

The last creature I would ever think to fingerprint would be an E. coli microbe. First, it doesn’t have fingers. And second, it’s gross. But then again, I’m not biological sciences professor Chris Kitts, who has pioneered the Cal Poly Library of Pyroprints (CPLOP) and spends much of his time helping biological sciences students fingerprint the gross, fingerless little bacteria.


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Journey into library land: Blogging bonanza

Victoria Billings is the communications and public programs intern at Kennedy Library. ‘Journey into library land’ is a series about what she’s learned creating media for Cal Poly’s university library.

It’s been a busy two weeks! And not just because I had midterms galore last week.

What happened since we last spoke?

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Julia Morgan’s legacy lives on in Cal Poly architecture students

A tiny city sprung up almost overnight this January in Kennedy Library’s 1st Floor Gallery, thanks to the work of 2nd year architecture students.

The city, or rather, models of buildings all inspired by architect Julia Morgan, was the result of the architecture students’ work last quarter studying the history of the iconic Morgan. Architecture professors and students worked with Kennedy Library’s Special Collections to access Morgan’s own documentation of her work, and then designed projects in response to Morgan’s style of design.

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New Digital Resources Keep Cal Poly Students Competitive

February 1, 2013 – Student Success Fees are giving Cal Poly students online access to new resources for research and coursework in every discipline.
“With a portion of funding made available through the Student Success Fee, we’re finally able to give our students the same access as other CSU students,” said Anna Gold, university librarian.

Something for everyone

Among these new resources is EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier, expanding student access to more than 4,000 peer-reviewed full-text journals in science, technology, business, health, education, social sciences and the arts.

“Academic Source Premier is like the Target of databases,” said Sarah Cohen, associate university librarian. “There is something for everyone. It’s a great starting point for research and provides a variety of quality materials – including scholarly, trade, technical, and popular. Students of every discipline will benefit from its addition to our available resources,” Cohen said.

Thousands of new resources

In addition to EBSCO’s Academic Search Premier database, Student Success Fees have added new online access to information resources serving the entire Cal Poly curriculum, from nutrition to engineering to music.

Cal Poly students now have access to ENGnetBASE and CLEANTECHnetBASE, providing anywhere, anytime access to the hundreds of the latest handbooks in civil, mechanical, clean technology, and electrical engineering; to NUTRITIONnetBASE, serving CAFES and COSAM students by offering hundreds of digital case studies, clinical trials, and biochemical analyses; and to Naxos, a digital music collection that provides expansive online access to classical, jazz, world and other music.

Easier to find what you need

Brett Bodemer is the librarian for the College of Liberal Arts. “With these powerful new resources it’s easier to find the information you need to succeed in your coursework,” Bodemer said. “You can even groove to jazz on Naxos while you do it!”

To learn more about the library’s collections of digital resources that support your research, visit our database guide and eBooks guide.