Getting Started: Information Research Tips

Introductory help in learning how to identify, locate, evaluate, and use information effectively and ethically for research assignments.

Quick Links


This guide is designed to help you get started using the UCLA Library. It is not subject-specific--you can select other guides that have been created for a class or a discipline. Click on Research Guides at the top of this page to get to the list.

The UCLA Library houses more than ten million volumes and forty thousand journal subscriptions. Reference librarians are available to help you with your research needs, in-person, by telephone, by email, by on-line chat, on Logo - Facebook or Logo - Twitter.  

Course Reserves

The Course Reserves tab in the UCLA Library Catalog lists all materials placed on reserve by instructors in the Arts, Biomedical, College, East Asian, Management, Music, Research, and Science and Engineering libraries, including:

  • Library-owned materials (books, compact disks, video, etc.)
  • Instructors’ personal copies of materials
  • Electronic documents (articles from online journals, scanned versions of print documents, sound recordings, images, and Web pages)

Course lists from this tab show the circulation status of library-owned materials and instructors’ personal copies.

Get Help

Connect from Off-Campus or via Wireless On-Campus

Most of the links on these pages go to subscription sources which are accessible from any computer on campus. All campus wireless networks (eduroam, UCLA_WIFI, or UCLA_WEB) provide access to online subscription content.

UCLA students, faculty, and staff can access these sites from off-campus using either the Bruin Online Proxy Server (a simple setting in your browser) or the UCLA VPN Client (a program you install on your computer). To set up an iPAD, follow the instructions for the iPhone. You can also get access through UCLA mobile.

[NOTE: If you are using a Mac, you may need to use Chrome or Firefox, not Safari, to read some of the pdf material.]