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Basic guide to resources in physics and astronomy
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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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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.

  • Astrophysics Data System
    Indexes journal articles & conference papers in astronomy & astrophysics. Choose Physics to search physics & geophysics.
  • e-Print archive
    Preprints for physics, astronomy, mathematics, nonlinear sciences, and computer science.
  • Inspec
    Indexes articles in physics, astronomy, computers & control, electronics & electrical engineering. Also good for conference proceedings.
  • Web of Science  
    Indexes articles in all areas of science and social sciences. Good for citation searching. NEW! Now includes Conference Proceedings and Book citation indexes - see January 2014 news for more details.


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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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.


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