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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.]
The Internet has brought a vast array of information to your desktop. The challenge for students is to identify the relevant sources, get to them easily, and critically evaluate their content. Some of the following websites are licensed for UC users only, others are open to all. Those that are licensed will not turn up in a Google search.
This guide will lead you to resources that can help you find material for your assignments. Remember that you can always ask a reference librarian for help.
The Library offers Research Workshops and has a number of online tutorials that you can use on your own.
The Los Angeles Public Library also has digital books and databases that UCLA does not subscribe to. If you are a Los Angeles resident, you can get an e-Card from LAPL without going into the library.
These resources and the information in the Literature Review Tips, Guidelines and Resources box below will help you find material you can use for your research.
A literature review is not a list of summaries; it is an essential component of your project that:
One of the best ways to figure out how literature reviews work in your field is to find a few of them.
These tips and guidelines on writing literature reviews were adapted from: