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USP 193: San Diego Community Research (Winter 2017): Find Books

Find Books

Use Roger to find books, ebooks, films/videos, government publications, etc. about your topic that are available at UC San Diego. If you need to broaden your search, use Circuit to find material at San Diego-area libraries and/or Melvyl to find material available from the other UC campuses (or elsewhere in the world).

Begin with a keyword search, for example

san diego demographics

san diego AND (uptown OR "bankers hill")

san diego and plan*
    (Note that the * is a truncation symbol, e.g. plan* returns results for plan, plans, planning, etc.)

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.

Subject headings that are especially useful for your research include:

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.


Bonus search tip: Having trouble finding relevant books using the online catalog? You can search the full text of many books using Google Books to identify books of possible interest, then do a title search in the library catalogs to find a copy. In most cases, you won't be able to actually read the full text online.

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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Interlibrary Loan

If a book or article you want isn't available at UCSD, the Circuit libraries or other UC libraries, try our free Interlibrary Loan service. We'll try to locate the item at another library and request it for you.

More info on finding books...