Public Policy Research Guide: Getting Orientated

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

Connecting from Off Campus?

You can access UCB Library resources from off campus or via your laptop or other mobile device using one of two simple methods:

Proxy Server
After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID or Library PIN when you click on the link to a licensed resource. See the setup instructions, FAQ, and Troubleshooting pages to configure your browser.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)
After you install and run the VPN "client" software on your computer, you can log in with a CalNet ID to establish a secure connection with the campus network.

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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.
  • Visit the Library and ask for help.

Try your search (you can limit to the above locations once you see results by changing the dropdown menu for location).

Want to try a new database? Use Reference Universe to find chapters in reference books at UCB, with links to the catalog so you can find the book.

Campus Library Map

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small campus map that is linked to PDF

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