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Art and Design & Art History

COVID-19: Limited Access to Tangible Kennedy Collections and CSU+ through "Contactless Pick-up"

95% of Kennedy Library collections are online resources, so for these you are in luck no matter where you are located!  Currently, physical materials from Kennedy Library (excluding print Course Reserves) can be requested and checked out through contactless pickup.  Some items can also be requested and checked out using CSU+.  Such access to physical items will not be as rapid as under normal circumstances, so this is not a good option if you are in a hurry. There is also an option for off-campus delivery of books, and this takes4-6 weeks.  For items held outside the CSU system, ILL can provide articles, select book chapters, and other materials electronically, but no physical items can be requested at this time. For details regarding "contactless pick-up" see the Kennedy COVID-19 Guide at:

This guide gives you great pointers on the best databases and resources for your field. Don't forget that you can find help on 24/7 live chat at any time of day or night.  You can also email the CLA librarian, Brett Bodemer, at

Articles - Search Many Databases at Once

Search Ebrary, SpringerLink and Project Muse for ebooks

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.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Find Old Reviews of Art shows/Artists

Good Databases to Search One at a Time

Getty Bibliography of History of Art

The Getty Museum offers the online database, Bibliography of the History of Art, for free access.  Formerly a subscribed resource, it is now freely available through their website.

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