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Life & Health Sciences Libraries Reference Help: Home

Reference Services and Research Help

The reference services for the Marian Koshland Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library and the Optometry and Health Sciences Library, which together make up the Library’s Life and Health Sciences Division, are mainly being offered online. In-person reference appointments may be available upon request.

Contact a Librarian: Not sure which Life & Health Sciences Librarian is best suited to help you? Use our general email:

Email one of us or click on the links below to schedule a Zoom meeting or Google Hangout, or to request an in-person reference appointment.

  • College of Natural Resources: Becky Miller (; schedule an online meeting)
  • Molecular & Cell Biology, Integrative Biology: Elliott Smith (; schedule an online meeting)
  • Public Health, Optometry & Health Sciences, Vision Science: Michael Sholinbeck (; schedule an online meeting, or email for more options. Michael also has office hours at the SPH DREAM Office: Tues 4:30-6PM; Thurs 1:30-3PM; Zoom option also available; email for link.)

Online guides and tutorials:

Connecting from off campus: If you are not on campus, use EZProxy or the VPN (VPN users: choose "Library Access – Full Tunnel" rather than the default "Split Tunnel") to authenticate yourself as a Berkeley student, faculty, or staff to access online books, journals, databases, and other resources.

Finding full text and journals:

  • Use Journal Search to find online or print access to a particular journal.
  • To find full text when searching in a database, look for links:                 Get it at UC
  • To find full text from a citation, paste the citation into the search box in UC Library Search.

Can't find the full text?: If a desired article, book, chapter, etc. is not available as a full-text version online, Berkeley students, faculty, and staff can place a request to our Interlibrary Borrowing Service. You can also use the Purchase Recommendation Form, or reach out to one of us directly, to suggest new books or journals.

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