Use the yellow UC-eLinks button to find the online full text or print articles when the article isn't automatically available full text in the database.
Databases marked with a blue lock must be accessed from either on the UC San Diego campus network or else via Remote Access.
Put some thought into choosing your search terms and consider synonyms or alternative terms. AND, OR, and NOT can be used to combine or exclude search terms. Check the subject terms listed on your results for additional words to search.
For some topics, you may want to repeat your search in additional databases.
Most databases have a help link in the upper right-hand corner. The help screens will usually explain how to enter in keywords for the best search results.
Take advantage of additional database features such as citation formatting and limiting to academic journals.
The databases below are likely the best places to begin research of scholarly articles. The library subscribes to many more databases, which you can find by reviewing individual subject guides; most guides will have an "articles" or "journals" tab, which will get you to a list of databases relevant to that subject. There's also an alphabetical list of all databases we subscribe to, which is the quickest way to get to a database if you know what it's called.
Search by subject or browse full text of more than 500 scholarly journals in social sciences, humanities, and sciences, to their earliest issues. Many titles extend as far back as late 19th or early 20th centuries; most recent 3-5 years not included.
Latin American Studies
Urban Studies & Planning
Search Tip: Melvyl now also includes citations to articles from many (but definitely not all) of UC San Diego's article databases.
Bonus search tip: Google Scholar is a useful tool because it searches within the full text of articles. It's most useful when your topic is so narrow that you don't find much using the subject-specific databases.