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Advanced Research for CRP Grads

The Joys of Browsing

Don't underestimate the power of chance. There's nothing wrong with taking a few moments to wander the pertinent areas in the library and pick up books that appeal to you to browse through.

Here are some sections of the library that may be of interest to you, with the "call numbers" associated with them.

3rd Floor
E — History, US
F — History, US, by Location
GE — Geography, Environmental
GF — Geography, Human
HT — City Planning
N — Visual Arts
NA — Architecture
NA 9000s — Urban Design
NC — Drawing, Design, Illustration
5th Floor
SB 469–476 — Landscape Architecture
TA — General Engineering
TH — Building Construction

When it's not at Cal Poly

So you found a book using Google Book Search, and you checked PolyCat and LINK+ and it just isn't available.  Your next step? Interlibrary Services.  Log in, fill out a quick request form and our staff will track down the book for you, and let you know by email when its ready (this will likely take somewhat longer than LINK+, so don't leave it until the last minute!)

OneSearch & CSU+

OneSearch features an intuitive, mobile-friendly interface that makes it easy to find, cite, save, and share books, ebooks, ejournals, articles, and streaming video from the CSU Libraries.  Start from the main search box on the library homepage:


CSU+ logo

OneSearch includes CSU+, a new book sharing system for the entire CSU. Through CSU+, students and faculty will have direct access to over 29 million books held by the CSU Libraries; they can request a book from any other campus to be delivered to their home campus within 2-3 days.



WorldCat is a database of books, articles, multimedia and other formats, available in libraries all over the world.  Run a search, then enter your location information in the lower part of the screen to have WorldCat display whether nearby libraries own the book (including Cal Poly!).  If it isn't at Cal Poly, request the book via Interlibrary Loan.

Search Google Books

Google Book Search will let you identify book, check out their table of contents and biliographies, and read a few sample pages.  Check PolyCat and LINK+ (above) to find out if the whole book is available at Cal Poly or can be ordered.

Google Book Search