Here, you'll learn about:
- Introduction: The History of Powell + the Cluster Program
- Getting Started with the Library: Physical Technology, Software, and Applications
- Finding Support: Getting to Know Your Peer Research & Writing Specialists
- Accessing Resources: Writing and Research Deep Dive
- Staying Connected: In and Out of the Classroom
A valid BruinCard and face mask worn over the nose and mouth will be required to enter all UCLA libraries. UCLA’s current COVID-19 protocols require all individuals—whether fully vaccinated or not—to wear a face covering indoors in all campus buildings. Examples of acceptable face masks are two-ply woven fabric masks or face coverings, surgical masks, non-woven KN95 masks and N95 respirators. Scarves, Balaclavas/ski masks, single-layer fabric masks, neck gaiters, bandanas and turtleneck collars are unacceptable.
For up-to-date information and building hours, please visit our FAQ:
The History of Powell Library
The first two buildings constructed at UCLA were Powell Library and Royce Hall. Each building was inspired by LA’s picturesque landscape and similarity to northern Italy, and George W. Kelman and David Allison modeled the buildings based on several Italian churches and basilicas. After the 1994 earthquake, careful and meticulous restoration ensured that Powell continues to be a multifunctional centerpiece of UCLA.
The Cluster Program
The UCLA Cluster Program is an innovative initiative designed to help freshmen successfully transition to UCLA. They are year-long, collaboratively taught, interdisciplinary and open to entering freshmen only. They offer 4 GE Credits, 18 units towards your degree, 3 quarters of honors credit, and a Learning Community, where you can build relationships with your fellow students, your TAs and your faculty.
2. Getting Started with the Library
CLICC (Campus Library Instructional Computing Commons) provides long and short-term laptop lending. While supplies last, students can check out a laptop for the entire quarter (Mac or PC)—just submit a request via the form linked below. (Note that you'll be prompted to make an account first.) Short-term/one week laptop rentals (Chromebooks) are also available from Powell and YRL.
For the most updated information about CLICC's services, please visit: CLICC - Fall 2021.
If you are on campus, you'll automatically have access to UCLA Library resources when you use a campus internet connection. If you are off campus, you can still access millions of resources paid for by UCLA Library! You just need to set up the UCLA VPN.
Once you configure your computer for off-campus access to UCLA Library resources using a VPN or Proxy, you'll be able to access e-books, articles, music, videos, and more! Please visit our Remote Access guide for getting VPN configured with VPN or Proxy. As well, we have instructional videos on setting up VPN for Mac and Windows.
Zoom is the video conferencing platform for almost all synchronous, virtual classes at UCLA. It's a really useful application and through your UCLA login you automatically have a licensed account!
Computer, check. VPN, check. Zoom, check. Now, we'll show you how to access our collections!
As a Cluster student, your first stop for all things research and writing-related are the Cluster Research Guide. Each page is customized for your Cluster by your Peer Research & Writing Specialist and liaison librarian. Use the links below to search out guides by subject or to take a look at them all!
Student Research Consultations
For additional step-by-step research support, set up a Student Research Consultation. Staff will use your research questions to recommend databases and keywords, help you identify quality sources, and introduce you to citation software like Zotero and EndNote. These consultations are great for research at every stage in your academic journey at UCLA.
If your course has required readings, see if they’re on reserve!
To access materials on course reserves, please click the link below to be taken to the course reserves search. You can then use the search filters to search for materials using the course’s name, instructor, code, or department.
You can also find Course Reserves in CCLE under the "Library Resources" menu.
Once you're done with research, you still might need help writing about what you've found; here are the Library and Cluster writing resources!
Peer Research & Writing Specialist
Not sure where to start with an upcoming Cluster assignment? Or maybe you’re looking for feedback on a finished draft? Wherever you are in the writing process, your Peer Research & Writing Specialist are here to help!
We work through individual appointments to help students clarify their ideas, sharpen their use of language, and develop their voices in college-level writing.
We also host weekly drop-in office hours, no appointment necessary. We love answering quick questions about current and upcoming assignments, our own experiences with the Cluster program, our favorite study skills, and navigating university life as a first-year student.
UCLA Library’s Writing Instruction and Research Education (WI+RE) team creates interactive modules and downloadable handouts for each stage of academic research and writing. They're created by students, for students, and some of our favorite resources include the Avoiding Plagiarism and Citing Sources Workshop and the downloadable Research Paper Planner.
Undergraduate Writing Center
While your Cluster course's Peer Research & Writing Specialist specializes in Cluster assignments and writing, the Undergraduate Writing Center is equipped to help you with writing, research, and applications more generally.