Getting Started: Information Research Tips

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

Tips for Book Searching

When searching for books in the UCLA Library Catalog, here are a few strategies to start with:

  1. If you are not sure of where to start, do a Keyword search for relevant terms or phrases (put the phrases in "quotation marks")
  2. If you already have a relevant book or article in hand, use its bibliography to find other sources on the same topic
  3. If you have the title of the book you want, do a Title (start of) search to find the call number
  4. If you find a useful title, click on the Subject(s): to get a list of subject headings that will lead to other books on the same topic
  5. Use quotation marks if you want to search a phrase
  6. Use ? to truncate a word, e.g., america? will retrieve american and americans

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Interlibrary Loan

If you need a book or journal article that the UCLA Library does not own or is lost or missing, you can make an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request and we will try to get it for you. Use the form linked on this page. There is no cost for making an ILL request, but you should allow one or two weeks for the item to arrive. Journal articles will most often be sent to you as a link to a pdf scan in your email.