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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.


Newspapers are a valuable resource for many types of research. The UCLA Library has many online newspaper databases as well as titles on microfilm that have not been digitized. Check the News research guide for more information and links.

Los Angeles Public Library

Not all articles are available in databases that UCLA subscribes to. The Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) has over 250 databases available to anyone with an LAPL library card. You can get an ECARD online-no need to go to a library. 

The most useful database to try searching is Research Library (ProQuest), which UCLA does not subscribe to. It has some online journals not at UCLA. 

General Interdisciplinary Databases

The databases listed here and in the following boxes are a very select list of those that the UCLA Library subscribes to. If you want to look for others, go to Databases by Subject and click through to your discipline (political science, sociology, history, chemistry, etc.)

Social Sciences and Humanities Databases

Science and Engineering Databases