Frequently asked questions
I'm having problems with library research for a class. Where can I get help?
The guides and tutorials page is a great place to start.
Looking for individual guidance? Our information experts provide research help via email, 24/7 chat, telephone, and in person.
Want to go into more depth? Cal undergrads can sign up online for a free 30-minute Research Advisory Service appointment.
Can I make a virtual research appointment?
Cal researchers can Make an Appointment online with their CalNet ID. Meet virtually with a librarian who will help refine and focus research inquiries, identify useful sources, and develop search strategies. Select Appointment Type & Staff member to best fit your topic and subject area.
How do I access library resources from off campus?
Anyone may access the library catalogs and most of the Library's web pages from any Internet-connected computer.
Some licensed electronic resources, such as e-books, journal article databases, and online reference tools, are commercial products with access restrictions. UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff members, and some other individuals affiliated with the University can connect to these resources from off campus using the library proxy or VPN. For more information and setup instructions, see Connect from off campus.
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Is there a guide for finding primary sources?
We feature several pages that can help you find primary sources in the Library and beyond.
A good first step is our guide to Finding Historical Primary Sources.
Can I access full text through Google Scholar?
Google Scholar users must integrate "Get it at UC" to their Google Scholar search results in order to access full text through the UC Berkeley Library’s subscriptions.
- From the Google Scholar home screen, click on > Settings > Library links.
- Type "Berkeley" in the search box.
- Accept the default (Open WorldCat - Library Search)
- check the boxes next to "University of California Berkeley - Get it at UC"
- and "University of California Berkeley - Proquest Fulltext"
- Click Save.
If you have any questions, please ask for help via 24/7 chat or email, or by appointment.
Note: Get it at UC replaces UC-eLinks.
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- Ask a reference question.
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