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USP 173GS - History/Urban Planning & Design (Summer 2018): Find Books

Books as Research Resources

Books are especially good for finding broad, in-depth analysis of a particular subject. They can generally offer more complete information and greater historical perspective than you will find in journals or other types of sources. Because the publishing cycle can take a year or more, you're not likely to find the very latest information in books.

Finding Books in Roger

Use Roger to find books, ebooks, films/videos, government publications, etc. available at UCSD. 

Begin with a keyword search, such as:

brasília plan* OR tel aviv urban OR paris transport* OR dessau history

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

...and scroll through your list of results to find titles of interest.

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. Be aware, too, that subject headings change over time, so you may see one that finds a lot of current material but no historical, or vice versa. 

Subject headings that are especially relevant for your research include:

More generalized subject headings, such as those below, will also be helpful. You can often add a geographic location to the end of a subject heading to limit the results to an area of interest; usually, you'll have better luck appending a state or country before a city name (e.g. "housing--florida--miami" instead of "housing--miami", or "land use-china--beijing" instead of "land use--beijing") .  You could also use the Roger catalog advanced search screen to combine multiple search terms. 

Another catalog search tip: use the advanced search in Roger to limit by language. You will also find a "scope" option on the advanced search screen, which will let you limit your results to electronic materials that you will be able to read online.


Important to note: the Library offers many full-text books in electronic format. These books are listed in our catalog just like other books, and you can even limit your catalog search to find just those 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.

Google Books

Search tip for books: If you have trouble finding books using the library catalog (which doesn't search the full text of books, but only the basic bibliographic information, subject headings, table of contents, etc.), try a search using your keywords in Google Books - which does search the full text of thousands of books. While you won't be able to read the full text via Google for most books, this is a great way to identify books of possible interest. When you find a book you like, paste the title into the Roger catalog to see if the Library has access to the full text.