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Physics & Astronomy: Basic Resources

Basic guide to resources in physics and astronomy

Library News for engineering, math & physical science


Browzine for Astronomy & Space Science


Google can give you a start on your research, but using Google Scholar is smarter.  You'll search only academic resources, and if you set you Scholar Preferences to "University of California, San Diego - UC-eLinks" you'll be able to use UC-eLinks to get to article PDFs when you're off campus.

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Books, Textbooks and Journals

Find books, textbooks and journals on your topic in the UCSD Libraries' catalog, Roger. 

Include "textbook" as a keyword to find textbooks. Limit to "Journals and Serials" to search for journal titles.  Use Citation Linker if you have a specific journal article citation.  Locate books outside of UCSD with Circuit (SD area), Melvyl (UC libraries & beyond).

Main Article Databases

Find journal articles on your topic.  In some databases you'll find conference papers as well.

Use UC-eLinks to located  the full text of articles, if the Library licenses it.  Or find the print copy in the Library collections.

Remote Access

When you are off campus, you will need to set up a Proxy or VPN (Virtual Private Network) on your computer to gain access to the Library's licensed resources, such as e-books, e-journals, and article databases.  Directions are here.

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