Digital Humanities 150

Social Justice

What research looks like today!

Documenting the now

Start with the library website

The library website structures your search by types of resources.

Secondary sources: interpret or analyze first-hand accounts

Books & More are discovered in library catalogs (e.g. Melvyl).  

ArticlesPlus combines resources from eBooks and hundreds of databases.

Databases (e.g. Web of Science) index articles that have been published in journals

Journals useful when you know want a specific journal (e.g. Nature)

Primary sources: first-hand accounts

Archives and Manuscripts are where you can find diaries, letters, interviews, tweets








Remote Access to online resources

To use VPN software on your device, download and install Cisco AnyConnect software from UCLA IT. 

Use VPN if you switch between browsers, and you own your device, using it frequently to access library content.  


Proxy settings are enabled in your web-browser.  The settings are useful if you are working on a shared device, and if you only use one web-browser.

Instructions are here

An easy test: go to JStor:  If you see the text: "Access provided by University of California, Los Angeles", your settings are working.  

Library as system: who does what

Who's Who:

Library Special Collections works on acquiring, organizing, making primary sources accessible.  They produce Finding Aids and exhibits.

Meta-data specialists provide the metadata that make library resources discoverable across many platforms.

Scholarly communication librarians work on licensing and rights to both primary and secondary resources.

UCLA's Digital Library Program puts library-content (with metadata) online.   They produce the Digital Library Collections.

Subject librarians are in charge of the secondary sources in our general., circulating collections.  They also select vendor-made packages of primary sources (e.g. Adam Matthew) in their subject areas. They produce Research Guides.