Search tip: Use Roger to find books (including ebooks) available at the UC San Diego Library, Circuit to find books in other San Diego libraries, or Melvyl to at one of the ten UC campuses or to request a book from libraries around the world.
Search tip: Remember, though, that you're only searching basic cataloging information about the book (not the book contents itself) so keep your search general.
Begin with a keyword search, for example
When you find a record for a book that looks useful, take a look at the subject headings. In Roger, these subject headings are clickable links that run a new search. Searching by these subject headings may help find resources that don't turn up with an initial keyword search. They might also give you ideas of other search terms to use in your keyword search.
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):
Try searching your city name as a subject heading
City name and first letter of its state [example: New York]
Other useful subject headings:
|California -- Politics and Government|
|Charter Schools--California--San Diego||Regional planning|
|Cities and Towns--California--San Diego||San Diego Association of Governments|
|City Heights (San Diego, Calif.)|
|City Planning -- California--San Diego|
|Community Development - Urban||San Diego City Planning|
|Homeless persons--California||Sustainable Development--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.
Bonus search tip: Having trouble finding books using the online catalog? Search the contents of books using Google Books, then do a title search in Roger, Circuit, or Melvyl!
Super bonus tip: Use Google Scholar's "intitle:" limit to search your search term within reference books like encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, etc.