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Getting Started with Research at UCLA Looking to get involved with research at UCLA? In this workshop, you'll meet five UCLA Undergraduate students as they explain their unique research journeys. Anyone can do research, and this workshop connects you with resources and opportunities to help you get started today!
Finding Sources with the UCLA Library Navigate your research with ease and pick out the best sources for your project! In this module, you'll explore the library research guides, learn strategies for finding the information you need, and find out about research consultations.
Developing your Long Term Research Plan In this activity, you will be asked to think about your research topic or question and come up with a few concrete project goals. Then, you will learn more about the research process, what challenges and successes are to come, and several strategies to tackle your tasks!
Collecting and Citing Sources Keeping track of all your sources can be frustrating and overwhelming—but with a little bit of organization, managing sources can be a breeze! In this activity, you will learn how to auto-generate your bibliography in virtually any citation style, keep track of your sources, and more! This workshop will show you how Zotero can help save and organize your research sources.
Avoiding Plagiarism and Citing Sources 5-star editor review on merlot.org Accepted to the PRIMO database of Peer reviewed materials online Avoiding plagiarism can be more tricky than it seems at first glance. Complete this activity to learn strategies for avoiding plagiarism.
Writing a Literature Review Accepted to the PRIMO database of Peer reviewed materials online Featured as a PRIMO site of the month 5-star editor review on merlot.org Writing a literature review can seem like a daunting task. Complete this activity to learn strategies for writing a literature review!
Beginning Your Research Journey Accepted to the PRIMO database of Peer reviewed materials online Anyone can get started with research—all it takes is some curiosity and persistence! This quick workshop will help you get started.
Research Logistics Before getting started with research, it's important to know the difference between faculty- and student-led projects, as well as how to earn course credit for your research.
Finding a Research Mentor or Project Accepted to the PRIMO database of Peer reviewed materials online Once you've decided to do research, the next step is to make a list of research opportunities that interest you!
Developing Research Questions and Creating Keywords 5-star editor review on merlot.org In these activities, you will learn strategies for generating research questions and turning those questions into keywords. Coming up with keywords will help you craft more effective searches!

Get right to it with our collection of 5 minute research and writing tutorials.

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Start with your Questions Nominated for an ARLies award at the 2016 ARL Film Festival Before you search, start by brainstorming a list of questions.
Turn Questions into Keywords Improve the effectiveness of your searches by generating a variety of keywords.
Find the Right Research Guides Find the guide that's right for you! UCLA Library staff have put together hundreds of guides for hundreds of subjects, courses, and special topics.
Searching the UCLA Library & Melvyl Catalogs How to find books and more in the UCLA Library catalog or in the Melvyl catalog
Get Started with Zotero Learn how to use Zotero, a free and easy citation tool.
Find and Use Review Articles Review articles give you an efficient way to get an overview of a body of research on your topic.
Research Paper Planner Break down your assigment and stay on top of deadlines with this useful planner!! Writing for the Undergraduate Science Journal? We have a planner for that, too!
Creating Literature Reviews Demystify the ever mysterious literature review!
Deconstructing the Elevator Speech An elevator speech is a great way to introduce yourself and your research to a wide range of audiences.
Research Abstracts A research abstract is a snapshot of your research project that concisely presents your research and its significance.
Search Experimentally Rather than trying to construct one perfect search, plan on trying several experimental searches.
Getting Started with Research at UCLA Winner of the ARLies award for Best Reflection of Diversity at the 2018 ARL Film Festival Meet five UCLA Undergraduate students as they explain their unique research journeys. Anyone can do research, and UCLA has the resources to help you get started today!
Finding Scholarly Articles 5-star editor review on merlot.org How to search for and access scholarly articles
Remote Access - Get configured with VPN or Proxy Configure your Mac, Windows, or Chromebook computer with VPN or Proxy to access the library's many resources.
Integrating Citations There are many ways to use citations to support an argument.
Expanding Perspectives in Your Search 5-star editor review on merlot.org Move past your initial search to expand your perspectives on your topic.
Reading Strategies Playlist
Primary and Secondary Sources Accepted to the PRIMO database of Peer reviewed materials online Featured as a PRIMO site of the month 5-star editor review on merlot.org How to tell the difference between primary and secondary sources.
Writing for Your Discipline Want to improve your academic writing? Complete this interactive activity to take your writing to the next level.
Getting Started with Engineering Research UCLA Learn how to do research for your engineering class.
Communicating with Instructors: Email and Office Hours Tips for contacting instructors over email and in-person.
Using Google Scholar 5-star editor review on merlot.org Discover useful features of Google Scholar to help you find exactly what you're looking for.
Your Remote eBook Roadmap Need a book? We've got you covered! Follow this roadmap to find e-Books on reserve and through UCLA Library, HathiTrust, and the National Emergency Library.
Breaking Down Academic Articles Breaking Down Academic Articles is a webcomic tutorial that walks you through the most important aspects of an academic article, to help you prepare for class discussion on the article(s) or take away essential information from the article to support future research.
Writing Conclusion Paragraphs Need to finish off that essay? Learn top tips on conclusion paragraphs from the UCLA Undergraduate Writing Center!
Writing Topic Sentences Students from the UCLA Undergraduate Writing Center give their top writing tips! This one is all about writing effective topic sentences.
Using Pubmed - Intro to the Advanced Search Builder Learn how to make the most of the new PubMed's Advanced Search Builder!
Breaking Down Your Prompt This fillable Google Doc will help you break down a prompt into its main tasks and requirements, list helpful resources, and start brainstorming ideas!
Finding and Using Keywords in Context Language changes over time and groups of people may refer to the same thing using different words. Learn how to use a variety of keywords when searching for resources!

Printable PDFs of our most popular resources.

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Integrating Citations There are many ways to use citations to support an argument.
Contacting Instructors As students, you will often need to get in touch with your instructors. Whether it is a TA, professor, or faculty advisor, a little bit of etiquette can go a long way to making sure your communication is efficient and effective for everyone involved.
Deconstructing the Elevator Speech An elevator speech is a great way to introduce yourself and your research to a wide range of audiences.
Get Configured Configure your computer to access the library's many resources.
Start with Your Questions Before you search, start by brainstorming a list of questions.
Reading for Writing Want to improve your academic writing? Complete this interactive activity to take your writing to the next level.
Resources for Remote Student Success The UCLA Library is here to help you stay connected during your remote term. Learn how to access articles, books, and research support, as well as services, tips, and software you can utilize to stay connected to peers and the Library.
Research Paper Planner Break down your assigment and stay on top of deadlines with this useful planner!
Find Articles and More with ArticlesPlus Now you can quickly find many millions of peer-reviewed articles, newspaper articles, government documents, and more right from the library homepage!
Turn Questions Into Keywords Improve the effectiveness of your searches by generating a variety of keywords.
Primary and Secondary Sources How to tell the difference between primary and secondary sources.
Breaking Down Your Prompt This handout will help you break down a prompt into its main tasks and requirements, list helpful resources, and start brainstorming ideas!