The Kennedy Library is here to support you. As a student, you have virtual access to many library resources from anywhere. At this time, the library building is closed until further notice. For library-related COVID-19 updates, visit the Kennedy Library COVID-19 Updates and Resources Guide.
Cal Poly students, faculty and staff can easily access our databases and other electronic resources from off-campus. Sign in to My Account using your Cal Poly User ID and password (the same ID and password you use to log into my.calpoly.edu portal.) For more information, see Off-Campus Access.
Tech checkout in Hub24 is closed for the fall quarter. Students in need of technology should go to the ITS Tech Rentals page or call 805.756.7000.
Need assistance with technology? Contact the ITS Service Desk at 805-756-7000.
Kennedy Library provides remote access to all kinds of digital resources. Use OneSearch, a Google-like single search, to search most of the resources in the Kennedy Library's catalog, databases, and other CSU libraries. OneSearch results include journal articles, books, e-books, newspapers, streaming audio or video, and other online resources. The easiest way to find and search in OneSearch is to go to the library's homepage, locate the OneSearch bar, and use keywords and filters. For a specific item search, you can use the advanced search option to find resources by author name, title, language, etc.
At this time, physical items are not available for check out.
Always sign-in to get full-text access to subscribed resources. In OneSearch, you will be prompted to sign-in by a yellow bar at the top of the OneSearch results screen. Another way to sign-in is to log into your mycalpoly portal and select the Library tab in the top navigation bar.
Librarians and specialists have created subject, course, and topic guides to help you navigate through the research process. In these guides, you may find recommended resources and materials, search strategy tips and tricks, and more.
Research Guides can be searched by subject, type, or owner.
On the righthand-side of the Research Guides page, there are listed Special Topics Guides.
Library Databases and Google Scholar
Cal Poly Students have access to over 200 databases containing full-text articles, e-books, videos, and more! There are a few ways to find the best databases for your research. You can browse the entire list of databases, (1) use the drop-down "Browse by Subject" option, or (2) search for databases using keyword(s) e.g., agriculture (see screenshot below).
Google Scholar is a great tool for finding scholarly literature. Visit Google Scholar Search Tips for more information on how to avoid paywalls by linking your Google account to library resources.
Kennedy Library provides access to more than 600,000 e-books in all disciplines. All are discoverable in OneSearch. Use the E-Books Guide to help you find and access books in OneSearch. There is also the option to find e-books in multi-disciplinary or discipline-specific databases. However, just like when you start your search for other types of resources, like articles, it is recommended to start broadly using OneSearch and then, if needed, explore specific databases.
Kennedy Library has self-guided online tutorials, videos, and resources that provide instruction on library research strategies and tools. On the Research 101 guide, you can learn how to find articles and books in OneSearch, distinguish between types of information sources, evaluate sources for relevance and credibility, cite sources, and more!
Special Collections and Archives (SCA) acquires, organizes, describes, preserves, interprets, and provides access to primary research materials in their original formats to support discovery, education, and research at all levels and across disciplines. Visit the Special Collections and Archives Guide to learn more about digitized primary sources and collections available through SCA's online collections. When the library building opens, you can visit SCA on the 4th floor of the library in room 409.
The Data, GIS, and Digital Projects Lab at Kennedy Library provides support to students working with data at all skill levels and across disciplines. Get help finding datasets, applyingsoftware tools for exploration and analysis, and communicating effectively through data visualization.
Visit the Digital Projects Lab Guide for resources and/or to get help with data, GIS, and statistics projects. When the library building opens, you can meet with Data & GIS Specialist, Russ White, or with Peer Assistants on the first floor of the library in Hub 24 at the Data & GIS desk.
The program provides experiential learning opportunities with the university art collection (including an internship program, access to the collection through an online catalog, and course integration); collaborative faculty-driven exhibits; and adaptable gallery spaces for students and faculty to showcase their scholarly and creative work in a variety of ways. The program includes a publishing component through the production of visually rich digital exhibit catalogs.
Don't See Online Access or Full Text? Try Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
To get full access to all your options when using OneSearch or databases, be sure to log in using your Cal Poly e-mail and password. When you find an item listed that does not have a full text option, click on Get It at Cal Poly. This will lead you to the item's OneSearch record. From there, locate the section "Additional Services" and select either "Request from CSU Libraries: CSU+" or "Request through Interlibrary Loan". Either option will send you to a prefilled form that, once submitted, will be received by the library's Interlibrary Loan (ILL) department for processing. If available by another library, the item will arrive in 1-3 business days. If none of this works, and you have a complete citation for an item, you can fill out an item request form at ILL found in the link below.
Watch this video for information on accessing full (article) texts and requesting items through Interlibrary Loan Find the Full Text (video).
At this time, the library cannot supply physical materials, so some requests may not be fulfilled.