Gender Studies

Library Catalogs

UCLA Library Catalog

The UCLA Library Catalog is everything held (i.e. bought, licensed, subscribed to, acquired as gifts) by the UCLA Library. These materials include books, journals, magazines, DVDs and videos, manuscripts, microfilm, databases, and some web resources. The UCLA Catalog also includes cataloged materials for some related UCLA collections, including the English Reading Room, the Chicano Studies Research Center Library and Special Collections, and the LGBT Center Library. To search the Film and Television Archive or the Ethnomusicology Archive holdings, click on the "Select Collections" tab while in the main catalog.


Melvyl combines catalogs from all ten University of California campus libraries, including UCLA, as well as libraries worldwide. It also includes selected article indexing not available in traditional library catalogs. 


OCLC's WorldCat has catalog records from libraries worldwide, particularly North America. Most materials in the UCLA Library Catalog and the University of California system's Melvyl Catalog should show up in WorldCat. For researchers in the Performing Arts, WorldCat can be a very useful place to locate popular press materials and other titles available in local public libraries.

Tips for Book Searching

When searching for books, there are a few useful starting strategies to keep in mind:

  1. Searching a library catalog is different from searching Google or full text databases. The data provided is usually quite basic, including title, author, subject, and sometimes table of contents. You may need to broaden your search or try alternate keywords before finding books on a particular topic.
  2. If you already have a relevant book or article in hand, use its bibliography to find other sources on the same topic.
  3. Do a subject word (not just a keyword) search in a catalog, or click on relevant subject terms that you find in individual item records.
  4. Due to major space restrictions in the Library, note that some materials may be located at the Southern Regional Library Facility, or SRLF. These can usually be requested via the UCLA Library Catalog, and are available by the next day for pickup at one of the UCLA Libraries.

Selected Online Books