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UC Library Search Help

The UC Library Search help guide.

Welcome to UC Library Search

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What is UC Library Search?

UC Library Search is a tool that lets you search for print and electronic resources from UCI Libraries, all UC Libraries, and beyond. With UC Library Search, you can:

  • limit your search to the UCI campus library collection;
  • search the collections of all 10 UC libraries in the same system;
  • locate the full text of millions of print and online books, journal articles, and other content; and
  • borrow and renew materials from any library in the UC system without retyping your library card number.

Learn more about specific features of UC Library Search on the Using UC Library Search page.

Need to search a specific database instead? Explore UCI's Databases A-Z list or research guides for help.

For more information, please see the UC Library Search FAQ Page.



I can't access a library resource.  Am I using the VPN? 

Click on the "Test My VPN Connection" button.  ➔

This tests your IP range.  It determines if you're using the VPN that's configured for you access to library resources: 

If you get a message that you are OFF the UCI IP range, follow these instructions to set up and configure your VPN.  

I am using the VPN, but I cannot access a library resource.

1.  Make sure your VPN is configured to access library resources:
  • Group [dropdown menu] >> UCIFullSee a screenshot of this configuration.
  • Ready to Connect box address:  The addresses and will not work for library resources.

2.  Even if you know the UCI Libraries license a database (e.g. Academic Search Complete, IBISWorld, etc.) do not use Google to access it.  Enter it through a UCI webpage.  Why?

  • Some databases have a special URL that is specific to UCI, i.e. not the URL from Google. 
  • Databases may promote content via Google that’s not part of our academic subscription.
3. Log into the VPN before opening a browser, or log into the VPN and restart a browser.  A website on an already-open browser might not recognize that you just joined a VPN.   
4.  If you tried to access a resource before you configured the VPN correctly, your browser might have cached (i.e. stored) the webpage that prompts you to log in.  If you can access other library resources but not that one resource, try the following:
  • Clear your browser's cache.
  • Visit the resource from a browser set to incognito/private mode. 
  • Visit the resource from a different browser. 
5.  If it has been a while since you logged into the VPN, close and restart the application.

 I logged into Canvas or my department's intranet, but the resource I want to access still asks for an ID/password.  

These systems are completely separate from UCI’s VPN, so they cannot grant remote access to all of UCI’s licensed content. You must use the VPN for remote access.  

 I am using the VPN, but I can’t access X website or X report that I found in Google.  

We simply cannot afford to license every information product on the market.  Please check our Research Guides to see what we currently license.  If you do not see a report vendor listed on a guide, then we do not have a license to the resource.