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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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.
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.
Manage Your References
As you do research, you'll accumulate journal and book citations that you'll want to keep organized. Refworks is a free online web tool for managine your references. Sign up for a Refworks account and take a library workshop on how to get the most out of it.