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University Studies Library Guide

Finding Scholarly Articles

Searching for Scholarly Articles can be intimidating, especially when databases offer so many search options. Below are some resources that you can use to help make it easier.

Article Databases

This is a select list of available article databases that cover a range of subjects. If you want to find others, go to Databases By Subject and search through your discipline (political science, sociology, history, etc.). You can also access subject specific databases through the Subject Guides, which also have tips and other resources on how to navigate research in that discipline area. 

                 Get it at UC              is your link to full-text! Note that some sources only index journal articles—they don't actually have the full text.

For more tips, see our guide on database searching.


Newspapers are a good resource for seeing how issues were covered in the contemporary media. You can search for UCLA football (or any other topic) and find 1000s of articles. There are many other news sources, which you can find on the News Research Guide.

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. 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 . 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.]