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Getting Started: Information Research Tips   Tags: start research, thinking critically, web  

Introductory help in learning how to identify, locate, evaluate, and use information effectively and ethically for research assignments.
Last Updated: Oct 13, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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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

  • Get Help!
    Ask for help in person at a reference desk, by phone, email, or chat.
  • What is a Research Paper?
    This link leads you to the OWL at Purdue, an excellent website with information on all aspects of writing a paper.
  • Research Guides
    Librarians have created dozens of research guides for specific classes or disciplines that will lead you to resources, both digital and print.
  • Find a Subject Specialist
    You can consult with librarians about your topic. Check this list to find one who works in your subject area and contact them by phone or email.

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 Firefox, not Safari, to read some of the pdf material.]