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Getting Started: Information Research Tips

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

Newspapers

Newspapers are a valuable resource for many types of research. The UCLA Library has many online newspaper databases as well as titles on microfilm that have not been digitized. Check the News research guide for more information and links.

Los Angeles Public Library

Not all articles are available in databases that UCLA subscribes to. The Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) has a number of databases available to anyone with an LAPL library card. You can get an ECARD online-no need to go to a library-but this will only be good for a short time. It is better to get the regular card from the library. The closest LAPL branch is in Westwood at 1246 Glendon Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024.

The most useful database to try searching is Research Library (Proquest), which UCLA does not subscribe to. It has some online journals not at UCLA.

General Interdisciplinary Databases

The databases listed here and in the following boxes are a very select list of those that the UCLA Library subscribes to. If you want to look for others, go to Databases by Subject and click through to your discipline (political science, sociology, history, chemistry, etc.)

Social Sciences and Humanities Databases

Science and Engineering Databases