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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.

Welcome

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 twelve 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.  

Library Prize for Undergraduate Research


The Library Prize for Undergraduate Research recognizes and honors excellence in undergraduate research at UCLA. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best projects (group or individual) supported by UCLA Library resources.

Prize categories include the Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences, Sciences, as well as projects that incorporate resources from the UCLA Library Special Collections, the Music Library's contemporary music collections, and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. The submission deadline is March 30, 2022 and the Awards Ceremony is May 27, 2022.

Quick Links

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 UCLA VPN Client (a program you install on your computer) or Bruin Online Proxy Server (a simple setting in your browser). To set up an iPAD, follow the instructions for the iPhone. You can also get access through UCLA mobile. Off-campus access will require Multi-Factor Authentication in addition to a Bruin ID and Password. If you need help setting up your computer, contact the UCLA IT Support Center at (310) 267-4357 or help@it.ucla.edu . They answer the phone 24/7 and are very helpful.

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