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Library 101 for Rausser College Students: Home

7 Things to Know about UCB Library

  1. UCB has more than 20 libraries, including 6 Science Libraries and a Makerspace!
  2. UC Library Search is a good place to start your research since it allows you to search across articles, books, and more. You can find and request books from UCB and the other UCs (UCB Law Library not included). Use filters to narrow your results.
  3. Most science books and articles will be online, so you'll need to be on Eduroam wifi or to use the proxy or VPN from off campus.
  4. Your textbooks may be online through the Library's e-reserves program (if not, ask your instructor!)
  5. In addition to UC Library Search, there are other tools (databases) for finding articles. Many are optimized for particular subject areas. Whatever tool you are using, you should look for                 Get it at UC            links to get to the full text.
  6. There are several ways to get help from librarians, including 24/7 chat, email, consulting Research Guides, and making an appointment with a librarian.
  7. Library workshops, like the periodic 'Research 101' or Zotero workshops, can help you gain skills that make tackling assignments or research projects easier.

UC Library Search

UC Library Search infographic about what is included


UC Library Search is the University of California’s unified discovery and borrowing system. 

Access it directly or from the Library's homepage to find most UC books, articles, media, archival collections, and more. 

You can also:

  • Narrow your search results using filters (ex: peer review status, date, and language).
  • Save and export records to email or citation management software.
  • Save searches and create/enable alerts or RSS feeds for update notifications.
  • Log in to view and manage your:
  • Saved records, saved searches, and search history.
  • Requested, borrowed, and Interlibrary Loan items.
  • Messages, blocks, fines, and fees.

See the UC Library Search user guide and ask for research help 24/7 for more information.

Getting connected

Getting more specific

Here are other guides to look at when you want library resources specific to your major or subject area - for example, recommendations for article databases are listed in the 'articles' tabs. The guides are geared towards grad students and others doing research in these subject areas, so they tend to be a bit information-dense.

And a couple more:

Library 101 Workshop