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Public Policy Research Guide: Getting Orientated

This guide is intended to be a starting point for public policy research.

Library Proxy

  • You no longer need to configure a browser to use the Library Proxy.
  • When you click on a resource link found in OskiCat, via "Start your search" on the Library home page, Databases A-Z or eJournals (UC eLinks), you will be prompted to authenticate. You may authenticate via CalNet, or via your PIN / Cal 1 card number.
  • When you click on a resource link found via a search engine or a non-UCB Library webpage, you will need to use a bookmarklet to access the licensed resource.

Library Hours

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Unsure How To Start?

If you are unsure about your topic, use OskiCat (UCB Catalog--Does not include Law) to find reference books relating to your topic.  A reference book will provide a high-level overview and/or background on your topic, as well as citations to get you started.



  • Limit your search to either Doe Reference or the Institute of Governmental Studies Library.
  • Be broad in your search.  For example, if your topic is on education of non-US citizens, search immigration.
  • Use the 24/7 Ask a Librarian service
  • Visit the Library and ask for help.

Campus Library Map

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small campus map that is linked to PDF

You can also view/download a map of library locations. For library contact information and building addresses, visit our directory.

Contact Jesse

Jesse Silva

Need help with research?  Have a question about the collection or the UC Berkeley Library?  Here are two ways to get in touch with me:

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