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Berkeley Global Students: How to Access Library Services

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.

Sample Searches - "Start Your Search"

1.  keywords search;  phrase search

"remote learning"

on the left, limit to peer reviewed articles; or limit to Resource Type: books, or limit by language...

quotation marks keep two or more words together as a phrase

2.  variant word endings

"standardized test*"

3.  searching by official subject terms 

advanced search

pull down the "any field" menu to:  subject

accept the "contains" menu default

type in one of the following official subject terms

universities and colleges united states entrance examinations 
education standards united states (subject terms)
educational evaluation united states (subject terms)


4.  alternative terms

coronavirus or covid-19

Quick Guide (Evaluating Sources)

When you encounter any kind of source, consider:

  1. Authority - Who is the author? What is their point of view? 
  2. Purpose - Why was the source created? Who is the intended audience?
  3. Publication & format - Where was it published? In what medium?
  4. Relevance - How is it relevant to your research? What is its scope?
  5. Date of publication - When was it written? Has it been updated?
  6. Documentation - Did they cite their sources? Who did they cite?