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Research Help Desk and Reference Resources

Research Help Desk & Chat Hours

CHAT:      -    24 Hours!

Winter Quarter Hours

January 6 -  March 20

  • Monday - Thursday: 9am -7pm
  • Friday: 9am - 3pm
  • Saturday: Closed​
  • Sunday: Noon - 9pm
  • Special Hours:
  • Sunday before Martin Luther King Day: Closed
  • Martin Luther King Day: Noon - 9:00pm
  • Day Before President's Day: Closed
  • President's Day (Feb 17): Noon - 9 pm 

Where Can I Find Help for My Research?

Come to the Research Help Desk on the 2nd Floor of Kennedy Library to get help from a Librarian or a LibRAT.

You can call the Research Help Desk at (805) 756-2649.

Chat - available 24 hours!

Make a personal appointment to meet with your College Librarian or Specialist.

Looking for Data, Maps, or GIS? Help available here. 

To learn what databases are best for a particular topic, Research Guides.

For basic library information you can call the Circulation Desk at  (805) 756-5760.

If you know the article you want and want to find the full text

Google Scholar: Try the author's last name and a good chunk of the title in "    " and then use the Find it At Cal Poly link, often found hidden beneath the "more" under the result.  Be sure that you are logged into MyCalPoly Portal AND signed into OneSearch.