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General Reference

Research assistance in psychology is available at the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library. See Reference and Research Help for complete reference service options.

Article Search Tips

A quick introduction to searching for academic journal articles in databases:

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.

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.


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Journal Article and Other Databases

Note that some of these databases only index journal articles—they don't actually have the full text. Use the gold UC-eLinks button -  - to do an automated search to find the full text, or search for the journal title in the UCLA Library Catalog.


is your friend! This gold button will help you get the article. Here's what it will do:

  • Try to find the article online. If that doesn't work it will...
  • Provide you with a link to automatically search the UCLA Library Catalog for print copies. And if that doesn't work it will...
  • Provide you with a link to the interlibrary loan form, where you can request a copy from another library.

If the database you're using doesn't have UC-eLinks buttons, you can copy and paste the info into UC-eLinks Citation Linker.

About Interlibrary Loan

You don't need to know what library has the item you're looking for. The system will find a library for you and send a request for them to scan the article and e-mail it to you. It usually takes less than a week, sometimes less than a day. And it's free!