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Political Science Research Guide: New to Berkeley?

Use this guide to begin your political science research.

New to Berkeley?

This page is intended for those new to Berkeley and provides a quick overview of accessing and using the Library's many resources.


Once you've searched a database to find articles, you may need to use UC-eLinks orange logo to link to a PDF or html file if the full text is not immediately available. Each database isa bit different, but a good rule of thumb is this: when you see the Uc-eLinks icon click on it to view your article access options, which can range from full text to a call number to an Interlibrary Loan request:

UC e-Links image

For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.

Off-campus Access to Library Resources

There are two ways to connect to library resources from off-campus using the new library proxy:

  1. Links to online resources on library websites, such as UC Library Search, will allow you to login with CalNet directly.
  2. To access library resources found via non-UCB sites, such as Google or Google Scholar, you can add the EZproxy bookmarklet to your browser. Then, whenever you land on a licensed library resource, select your EZproxy bookmarklet to enable CalNet login.

More information is on the EZproxy guide.

The campus VPN provides an alternate method for off-campus access.

Interlibrary Borrowing

As a Berkeley student you are eligible to use books and articles from other libraries around the United States. 

Check UC Library Search to make sure UC Berkeley does not own the material you want.

Provide a full and accurate bibliographic citation, including author, title, place and date of publication, and series.  You can get citations from professors, from other articles, from Google scholar.  Verify your citations before submitting them for ILL.

Computers, Printing and Scanning at UC Berkeley

The Berkeley campus provides several WiFi networks.  AirBears2 and Eduroam will allow you to access the Library's databases. CalVisitor does not provide access to the Library subscription databases. Libraries allow students to pay to print, pay to copy/scan to print, and free scanning to a USB drive of materials from the collection.  Berkeley students and faculty pay for printing with your Cal1Card.  The following links provide further information.

Campus Library Map

Select the image below to see the full campus library map.

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