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Career Research


Studying: test-prep guides(!) and more books


Peterson's Test Prep
Access: UCI

Study for a test with Peterson's books, review materials, and interactive practice tests, covering a wide variety of exams.  The site also includes more career preparation tools.   

  • Graduate school tests: GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, PCAT
  • Industry-specific tests:  Civil Service, Nursing, Real Estate, Social Work, Teaching, and many more!
  • The PDF Title List of all available exam materials is at the top navigation bar on the page.

Users must create an account to use the practice tests.  Non-UCI email addresses can be used, but only current UCI affiliates (students/faculty/staff) will be able to remotely access this platform and study off campus.  There's a limited number of practice tests (amounts are in the Title List PDF), so review the study materials before starting practice tests.  


Vault: Jobs Guides
Access: UCI
Over 125 eBooks covering nearly all industries (from A to Z) featuring Wikipedia-like entries for dozens of jobs within each industry, for approximately 5,000 job entries total.  Entries emphasize preparing for a career and getting your foot in the door, including:

  • what the job entails
  • education and licensure requirements
  • work environment
  • tips for entry
  • professional associations 

UCI - Authorized Affiliates
The UCI Libraries (along with many public libraries) have OverDrive, a platform for borrowing "popular and recreational reading" eBooks, which you can enjoy on your mobile device.  Many of the Non-fiction subjects could be helpful for career preparation, with popular books in subjects such as: Psychology, Self-Improvement, and Business & Economics.  Sample titles:

  • Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
  • Joy at Work by Marie Kondo
  • Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Brown


UC Library Search: Career-related Books
Access: UCI

This custom link searches the UC Library catalog for print and electronic books (with the subject heading vocational guidance), from the last few years.  In addition to browsing these titles, you can also do a New Search using your own keywords and the filters on the left side of the page.