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POLI 255: Urban Politics: Books

UC San Diego Library Catalog (Keyword Search)

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Find Books

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

parliment and women

egypt and elect*

(Note that the * is a truncation symbol, e.g. elect* returns results for election, elected, electing, etc. Beware of truncation, though. In this case, elect* also returns hits for electric, electricity, 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.

Using the Roger Catalog

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):

Cities and Towns - Political Aspects Mexican-American Border Region
City Planning

Political leadership

Community Development - Urban Political participation
Democracy - United States Public Administration-United States

Economic Development-California

Regional planning

Financial crises

San Diego City Planning
Housing - California - San Diego

San Diego Community Development

Metropolitan government Urban Policy-United States
Municipal Government - United States

United States-Race Relations-Political Aspects


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. 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.



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Google Books search

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.

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.

Circuit - San Diego Libraries Catalog

Circuit is a shared library catalog that searches the holdings of all San Diego-area university libraries and the San Diego Public Libraries. 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 Circuit library, you can have it delivered to UCSD in 1-3 days.