Core Library Tools
New to using the library? Start with our core library tools to help you find what you need.
The first place to go when you’re starting a research assignment. Curated by UC Davis librarians, these guides in every UC Davis academic subject area sum up:
- Key reference materials
- Books and journal articles
- Historical and primary sources
Not in our collection? No problem. It’s easy to request and borrow books and articles from another library.
Connecting to Digital Resources
The library offers a wealth of digital materials, some library-owned, some licensed (still free to you!). Use these tools to help you connect to the digital materials you need, whether on- or off-campus.
Fine-tune your searches for relevant results, faster. Library databases are specialized search engines for journals, magazine articles, newspapers, videos, music and more. Databases can be general or subject-specific.
- How to search a database (6 min video)
- “Get it at UC”: A button that connects you directly to full-text articles and ebooks
Help with Writing
Cite when you write. Learn the basics of giving proper credit for the information you use, from the parts of a citation to citation styles and tools you can use to easily generate, manage and share them.
More Writing Help:
- Write Like a Professor (3 min video)
- Giving Credit Where Credit is Due (workshop)