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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: bios-library@berkeley.edu

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.

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            (new) or                 UC-eLinks            (old)
  • 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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Find Us on Chat Reference

See the calendar below to view when a Life & Health Sciences Librarian is scheduled to be on chat.