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Academic Advising/Counseling Research Guide

A guide to becoming an academic advisor practioner-researcher

Finding articles and dissertations

This quick introduction to searching for academic journal articles in databases will help you make your searches more efficient and more effective:

Where to search for articles:

Tips for finding review articles

Looking for an efficient way to get a research overview on a topic? A review article is a great place to start.

A review article provides an analysis of the state of research on a set of related research questions. Review articles often: summarize key research findings, reference must-read articles, describe current areas of agreement as well as controversies and debates, point out gaps in knowledge and unanswered questions, suggest directions for future research.

Check out this quick overview of finding review articles in Web of Science, PubMed, Google Scholar, and more.

A review article helps you find must-read articles, identify controversies and debates, and learn about unananswered questions.

Finding dissertations

Searching for dissertations is an excellent way to investigate the latest research in a field. Dissertations also often include a literature review and an extensive bibliography, helping you find key sources related to ongoing research conversations.

Citation - A brief introduction

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1. Why cite?

Watch this quick video for an overview of why citation really matters.

2. Determine your citation style.

Check out the submission guidelines or assignment prompt to determine the proper citation style. When in doubt, ask a researcher in the field, the instructor, or a librarian for help.

3. Use a citation tool.

Check out ZoteroEndnote, or Mendeley to keep track of your articles and create citations. You can also use the citation tools in many databases. Check out our guide to citing sources for more information.

 

The Library's online subscription resources can always be accessed from computers and wireless networks on campus. However, off-campus access is restricted to current UCLA, students, faculty, and staff who have set up their computer using one of the following methods.

Finding books and handbooks

Search Tips for Finding Books:

  • Handbooks: Looking for a research topic or an overview of relevant research and key questions in the field? Take a look at a handbook! Handbooks, scholarly encyclopedias and other introductory sources are great for building context and background information. They also often contain extensive bibliographies that can help you find influential research and scholarship on your topic.
  • E-books: Some books and handbooks may be available online. You can usually filter for books available electronically, and then quickly browse through the chapter headings to preview the book.
  • Not at your library? No problem! - Many libraries offer an Inter-Library Loan service, which will allow you to request books from other libraries. Look for the "Request it!" button to make a request.

A quick introduction to finding books at UCLA:

You can also use Melvyl to search for books across the UC system and around the world:

The Library's online subscription resources can always be accessed from computers and wireless networks on campus. However, off-campus access is restricted to current UCLA, students, faculty, and staff who have set up their computer using one of the following methods.