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Poli 102J/USP 110: Advanced Topics - Urban Politics: Books & Govt Documents

Library Catalogs

The UCSD Library's Roger catalog is the first stop for finding books, journals, documents, maps and all other material located physically in the UCSD libraries, as well as online resources purchased for your use

Circuit is a shared library catalog that searches the holdings of all San Diego university libraries and the San Diego County Public Library. If a book you need is already checked out at UCSD, or if or we don't own a book that you need, check in Circuit. If it’s available at another San Diego Circuit library, it can be delivered to UCSD in 1-3 days.

If a book or journal you need isn't available through Roger or Circuit, try the Melvyl catalog. It allows you to search worldwide, or limit your search to UC Libraries. If borrowed from another UC campus, your item should arrive in 3-6 days. From other libraries, books and journals can take up to 3 weeks, so start your research early!

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Catalog Search Tips

One effective way of searching any library catalog is by using Library of Congress subject headings.

Subject headings are "controlled vocabulary" - specific terms assigned by librarians to classify library materials.When conducting a subject search, terms must be entered exactly the way they appear in the library catalog. Examples of potentially useful subject headings include (click each to run a live search in the library catalog):

California -- Politics and Government

Municipal Government  - California

Charter Schools--California--San Diego Regional planning
Cities and Towns--California--San Diego San Diego Association of Governments
City Heights (San Diego, Calif.)

San Diego (Calif.) -- History

City Planning -- California--San Diego

San Diego (Calif.) -- Poltiics and Government

Community Development - Urban San Diego City Planning
Economic Development-California

San Diego Community Development

Homeless persons--California Sustainable Development--California--San Diego

Housing - California - San Diego

Transit Oriented Development
Local transit -- California -- Los Angeles Urban Policy-United States
Metropolitan government Urban Transportation--California


One way to find appropriate subject headings is to first start with keyword searching. Go to the Roger catalog and do a simple keyword search, using words that match your topic (e.g. San Diego Association of Governments trans* , or shanghai modernization politic*). As you look through the list of search results and find an item you like, click on the title and then scroll down to find the subject headings used to classify that item. Clicking one of those subject headings will run a new catalog search and retrieve additional materials on that specific subject.

Google Books

Search tip: If you have trouble finding relevant books using online catalogs (Roger, Circuit, Melvyl), you can search the full text -- instead of just author/title/subjects/summary, as you can do in library catalogs -- of many books using Google Books to help identify books of possible interest. When you find a book you like, search for the title in the library catalog to locate a copy. Be aware that in most cases, you won't be able to view the actual full text of the book online.


The Library is increasingly purchasing books in electronic format rather than traditional print format. These books are listed in our catalog just like other books, and you can even limit your catalog search to find just the books that are available online.  To do this, simply click on the "electronic materials" link at the top of the search page and then enter your search term.

For more information about eBooks, including how to view on your mobile device, please refer to the eBooks guide.

Government Documents

The Library has a wealth of local government information in print format; these may be found by searching our online catalog. The catalog's advanced keyword search function allows limiting a search only to local documents.

See the "Websites" tab for additional information about finding online government documents.