Start Your Research

If you are unsure of where to start, or need assistance with your research, you can ask us a question.


Visit the Reading Room

The Verle & Elizabeth Annis Reading Room on the 5th floor of Langson Library is open Monday through Friday, 1:00 - 4:30pm by appointment only.

In order to make your appointment, you’ll need to request your material in advance through our Special Collections request management system, Aeon. For detailed instructions on how to request material and book your appointment, visit “Search Our Collections” 

Virtual Reference Appointments with SCA Staff

You can make an appointment with specific SCA staff directly through the Contact Us page. We can provide you with subject area expertise, help you identify relevant materials, and provide assistance for using our Special Collections Request System, Aeon

Search Our Collections 

Instructions on searching and requesting material to review in person can be found on our Search Our Collections page. If you are looking for a book or a serial, use Library Search. To review the finding aids for our archival collections, use the Online Archive of California. You can request material for remote research or digitization from either of these search locations. 

Request Scans of Material 

We can provide complimentary partial scans of books and serials and up to six folders of archival material for research purposes excluding Audio-Visual material. Please visit the Request Duplication page for additional details and restrictions, including information about copyright and permissions. Requests for scans from the Jacques Derrida papers, must be approved in advance by filling out the Jacques Derrida Papers Request Form. 

View Our Digital Collections 

You can view existing digitized material through our Digital Collections portal. We recommend starting with Calisphere which is the most up-to-date repository. If you are looking for digital primary sources in general, we also recommend reviewing the Primary Sources Research Guide