Tutorials and Videos

Quick and practical research and writing tutorials.

Getting Started with Research

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!

Find definitions and examples for commonly used words in research and academics!

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!

Make a virtual appointment with a Library Student Research Assistant!

Before you search, start by brainstorming a list of questions.

Finding and Citing Sources

This interactive comic is your introduction to finding digital images at the UCLA Library and beyond!

Configure your Mac, Windows, or Chromebook computer with VPN or Proxy to access the library's many resources.

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.

Improve the effectiveness of your searches by generating a variety of keywords.

Learn how to access the UCLA Digital Library (DL), the different kinds of materials available through the DL, and how to familiarize yourself with and search through the collections using the DL homepage.

How to find books and more in the UCLA Library catalog or in the Melvyl catalog

Need a book? We've got you covered! Follow this roadmap to find e-Books on reserve and through UCLA Library and HathiTrust!.

How to search for and access scholarly articles

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!

Discover useful features of Google Scholar to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

Learn how to make the most of the new PubMed's Advanced Search Builder!

Rather than trying to construct one perfect search, plan on trying several experimental searches.

Move past your initial search to expand your perspectives on your topic.

How to tell the difference between primary and secondary sources.

Learn how to use Zotero, a free and easy citation tool.

Literature Reviews

Review articles give you an efficient way to get an overview of a body of research on your topic.

Demystify the ever mysterious literature review!

Sharing Your Research

An elevator speech is a great way to introduce yourself and your research to a wide range of audiences.

A research abstract is a snapshot of your research project that concisely presents your research and its significance.

Writing Strategies

This fillable Google Doc will help you break down a prompt into its main tasks and requirements, list helpful resources, and start brainstorming ideas!

Annotated Bibliographies is a webcomic tutorial that walks learners through what annotated bibliographies are, why they're important, and the kind of annotated bibliographies they might be asked by their instructor to make.

There are many ways to use citations to support an argument.

Students from the UCLA Undergraduate Writing Center give their top writing tips! This one is all about writing effective topic sentences.

Need to finish off that essay? Learn top tips on conclusion paragraphs from the UCLA Undergraduate Writing Center!

Want to improve your academic writing? Complete this interactive activity to take your writing to the next level.

Learn about passive and active voice from Jemma, a Peer Learning Facilitator at the UCLA Undergraduate Writing Center.

Tips for contacting instructors over email and in-person.

Reading Strategies

A set of 6 steps to help you read, analyze, and understand the narrative of scientific papers.

The way you read will vary depending on what you are reading and what you need to get out of the reading! This resource provides a bank of quick and...

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.

Engineering Research

Learn how to do research for your engineering class.

Inclusive Research Strategies

This resource introduces learners to the concept of positionality, explains how their positionality shapes their research process, and helps them identify ways to remain aware of their positionality.

Study Strategies

Timed exams often test your ability to think and write quickly, manage your time, dissect a question, and more. This tutorial will offer tips to help you strategize for your next timed exam!

Remote Study Strategies: The Pomodoro Technique is an interactive tutorial that walks learners through the Pomodoro Technique, a productivity strategy that is useful for studying! This tutorial goes over the methodology of the Pomodoro Technique, and includes tips from our team to help optimize your studying experience!

STEM Tutorials

An interactive tutorial on how to read and analyze pedigrees!

Calculating Species Diversity is an interactive tutorial that walks learners through the different kinds of species diversity. This tutorial is designed to give learners an adequete background on the different types of species diversity and the factors that affect them!

This interactive video will help you learn the different parts of the DNA replication mechanism!

Using Simpson's Diversity Index is an interactive tutorial that walks learners through a method of calculating biodiversity. This tutorial is designed to give learners an adequete background on the Simpson's Diversity Index equation, the meaning behind the index value, and the factors that affect it!

An interactive tutorial on the two modes of Genetic Drift!

An interactive tutorial on how to know when a population is in Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium!