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Promise Scholars: Welcome

Library research guide for Promise Scholars

Welcome to the Cañada College Library!



  • The Library is on the 3rd floor of Building 9.
  • Librarians can help you find the articles you need for your assignments and help you cite your sources correctly. 
  • The library's desktop computers do not require a login and do not have a time limit.
  • The library has printers, copiers, and calculators
  • Group study rooms can be reserved up to one week ahead and you can meet with classmates in the library classroom.
  • Check out textbooks from the library's Course Reserves. 
  • The library is open every day except Sunday. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In summer, the library is open Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Academic Search Complete database

SuperSearch database

Do you have a library card? Bring your ID to the library so we can create an account for you.

The Cañada College Library is one of 35 libraries in the Peninsula Library System. A library card from one PLS library gives you access to books and materials at the three community colleges, Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College, as well as all 32 public libraries from Daly City and South San Francisco to Half Moon Bay and down to Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.

Please bring your Cañada College student ID card or a California photo ID so we can check to see whether you already have a library account or so that we can create one for you. Here is the application form for a library card. If you do not live in San Mateo County, bring your California photo ID to the circulation desk so we can create a Peninsula Library System library account for you.

Commonly Used Citation Styles

Your librarians at Canada College have created quick guides with examples of the following commonly used citation styles.

The citation style usually depends on the academic discipline involved. Remember to always check with your professors first to find out which citation style they would like you to use:

Make a research appointment

The library is open every day except Sunday and there is always a librarian available. Just walk in and ask for help at the reference desk. If you want to be sure you'll have enough time with a librarian, make an appointment ahead of time using the form below.