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UC Library Search is the Library’s primary search tool for finding books, articles, and more.
Browse article databases
- Select a subject from the All Subjects filter/menu.
- Select a database type from the All Database Types filter/menu. Examples:
- Click on a link to a subject to see more specific guides that may contain links to applicable article databases.
Search for specific articles, journals, and databases
Find books, e-books
Find books — use library catalogs
Find video, audio
Moving image databases — Browse the Library’s online moving image collections.
Streaming Video Guide for instructors — Highlights Library-provided streaming platforms to support instruction and research.
UC Library Search — For physical and streaming video, under Advanced Search, select Video/Film in the Material Type drop down.
Under Advanced Search, search for directors and artists as an Author/Creator (last name, first).
Sound/Audio databases — Browse the Library’s online sound and audio collections.
Music Library — Many of the Library’s audio recordings are housed in the Music Library. Consult their website for further help researching music and audio topics.
UC Library Search — For streaming and physical audio formats, under Advanced Search select Sound Recordings in the Material Type drop down. You can also search for musicians and artists as an Author/Creator (last name, first).
Image databases — Browse the Library’s online image collections.
Art History/Classics Library — Consult the Art History/Classics Library for help researching image collections.
Image collections — See the Art History/Classics Library guide to image collections.
UC Library Search — For online and physical images, posters, and graphics, under Advanced Search select Images in the Material Type drop down. You can also search for artists and photographers as an Author/Creator (last name, first).
Visit our Research Help portal to chat with a librarian, contact a specialist, or schedule an appointment.
What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonesty, violating the Berkeley Campus Code of Student Conduct. According to the Code:
“Plagiarism includes use of intellectual material produced by another person without acknowledging its source.”
Plagiarism is a serious violation of academic and student conduct rules and is punishable with a failing grade and possibly more severe action.
Why cite sources?
Whenever you quote or base your ideas on another person’s work, you must document the source you used. Even when you do not quote directly from another work, if reading that source contributed to the ideas presented in your paper, you must give the authors proper credit.
Citations allow readers to locate and further explore the sources you consulted, show the depth and scope of your research, and give credit to authors for their ideas. Citations provide evidence for your arguments and add credibility to your work by demonstrating that you have sought out and considered a variety of resources. In written academic work, citing sources is standard practice and shows that you are responding to this person, agreeing with that person, and adding something of your own. Think of documenting your sources as providing a trail for your reader to follow to see the research you performed and discover what led you to your original contribution.
By following these guidelines, you avoid plagiarism, which is a serious violation of the Code of Student Conduct.
How do you cite sources?
Citations within your text link specific passages to the sources you consulted or quoted. This can be done through in-text parenthetic notes, footnotes, or endnotes. In addition, a bibliography or list of works cited is almost always placed at the end of your paper. The citation system and format you use will be determined by the citation style you choose. Ask your instructor which style should be used, and if there are other special formatting instructions you should follow.
- How to Read Citations
- APA style guide (Purdue)
- MLA style guide (Purdue)
- Chicago style guide (Purdue)
- AMA quick style guide
- Turabian manual in print
- How to cite film, video and online media
Citation management tools
Citation management software can help organize research results and make writing papers easier by creating properly formatted bibliographies and footnotes.
- RefWorks — Available without charge to current UC Berkeley faculty, students, and staff who sign up for an account.
- Zotero — Free download.
- Mendeley — Free software/web hybrid for managing citations on PC, Mac, and Linux.
- EndNote — Software for managing citations, discounted for UC Berkeley students.