Book a 30-minute appointment with a librarian who will help refine and focus research inquiries, identify useful online and print sources, and develop search strategies for humanities and social sciences topics (examples of research topics).
Schedule, view, edit or cancel your appointment online (CalNetID required)
This service is for Cal undergraduates only. Graduate students and faculty should contact the library liaison to their department or program for specialized reference consultations.
You can type your question directly into this chat window to chat with a librarian. Your question may be answered by a reference librarian from Berkeley, from another UC campus, or another academic library elsewhere in the US. We share information about our libraries to make sure you get good answers.
If the librarian can't answer you well enough, your question will be referred to a Berkeley librarian for follow-up.
You already know how to search... but research requires skills that don't involve searching at all. This short guide will help you get started with research at Cal, along with five simple tips to survive (and thrive) in your research.
You are always welcome to schedule an appointment with me any time I am available -- I don't have set office hours. Use https://calendly.com/dorner to make an appointment and it will automatically be put on my calendar. No need to email me first asking for a meeting!
The Library offers workshops throughout the term on topics as varied as software tools, digital scholarship, reference managers, finding and working with data, and how to do research. Find a list of upcoming workshops at http://ucblib.link/workshops.