Last Updated: Jun 18, 2013
In most of our databases, you'll see this button next to each reference. Clicking this button may open up the article automatically, or you will see options to get the article:
- Online, if available
- Request from another library
For SciFinder, just use "Find Full Text."
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Covers all aspects of writing papers in ACS style, from grammar to nomenclature. For formatting citations, consult Chapter 14.
SciFinder Regstration: read the setup instructions, and click SciFinder Registration. SciFinder requires a one-time registration, and you'll need to create a username and password when you login to use it.
- Web of Science
Best "overall" coverage of science/engineering journals, with easy-to-use interface. Records include bibliographies so you can see what was cited in the article, who has since cited this article, and find related records based on common references.
The most comprehensive index to the chemical literature. Research Topic search looks for concepts as well exact keywords. First-time users must register. More information on SciFinder, including access and training resources.
Indexes journals and conference proceedings engineering and physics. Good for physical chemistry and nanotechnology. Has the same user-friendly interface as Web of Science. (1898-present)
Can work for "quick and dirty" searches, but poor for comprehensive searching. Very hard to sort/limit/refine search results. Will need proxy/VPN to get to most articles.
Off-campus access (as well as on-campus wifi access) to most of these licensed electronic resources--databases, ejournals and ebooks--is restricted to UC San Diego students, faculty and staff. Make sure to set up your computer to access the e-resources you need.
- Proxy Server
Make a simple change to your web browser settings to enable off-campus access for the electronic resources. For tablets and smartphones, you'll need to use VPN instead.
- VPN (Cisco AnyConnect Client)
Download VPN software on your computer to get off-campus access. A good alternative if you're having problems with proxy. When connecting, select the 'althruucsd' setting. --Using the EasyConnect option (WebVPN) is not advised.
- UCSD Encrypted Wireless
Use the UCSD-ENCRYPTED wi-fi network to access UCSD-licensed resources on your laptop or smartphone anywhere on campus.