Use the Library
Kennedy Library offers many resources for research from books and scholarly journals to online article databases that will really improve your research.
A guide for first-year students and anyone else getting to know the library.
Information resources to supplement required course readings
Cal Poly's online catalog of books, journals, and more. Look up the location (call number) for books and other items in print, or link to full text online. You can also privately renew your books, request books and review your check-out history online with "My PolyCat," your personal account within PolyCat.
If we don't own it or it's checked out to someone else, use Interlibrary Services. Be sure to check out Link+ for fast book delivery from other libraries.
Beyond the Basics
These links take you out out of the New Student web pages, directly into the resources themselves.
Get started with a research guide customized for your course or topic.
Looking for articles for your research? Kennedy Library has over 100 online databases, including many with full-text scholarly articles and news stories.
Each college at Cal Poly has its own College Librarian that specializes in that college's disciplines. College librarians work with faculty to provide resources for classes and they work one-on-one with students to perform research help.
This tutorial will help you plan and execute your big research project.
Senior projects created by Cal Poly students are submitted to Kennedy Library and become part of the library's collection. After you've completed your senior project, deposit a copy in the Library's electronic archive. Library staff can help you with this process.