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Introductory Science Resource Guide for Cal Poly Pomona Students and Faculty


This guide supports all students in the College of Science as well as those in other disciplines! You'll find the basics of library research and citation for the sciences within this resource.

Simple diagram of the scientific method.

Simple visual of the Scientific Method from Thebiologyprimer, 2016. Public Domain.

More in-depth information on each department with in the College of Science can be found in the following guides: Biological SciencesChemistry & Biochemistry, Computer Science, Geological Sciences, Kinesiology and Health Promotion, Mathematics & Statistics, and Physics & Astronomy.

If you are off-campus, many of the resources featured here require that you login with your BroncoName and BroncoPassword.

Using the University Library

Why use the Library if everything I need is online?

Unfortunately, not all information is available online, and many things online cost money, are factually inaccurate, or otherwise unreliable.


How can the Library help me?

During your time at Cal Poly Pomona, your instructors will expect you to use a variety of academic resources, including books, peer-reviewed articles, as well as specific research journals and databases. Many of the library materials you will need are available electronically, including over 100 academic databases full of information to support your research projects and class assignments. Many of the relevant resources available in throughout the databases, books, and journals in the University Library cannot be located by searching Google – though Google is a great place to start your research!

Useful Library Resources

Take advantage of all the resources gathered and maintained by the staff and faculty of your University Library. Start your research here! Ask for help from our librarians, staff, and student assistants! Talk to your professors about adding new books and relevant resources to our collection! We are here to help you succeed!

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