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Ebooks @ UCSD: Search for Ebooks @ UCSD

Locating and using the ebook collections at UCSD.

Finding Ebooks at UC San Diego

There are two ways to look for ebooks at UCSD: search for ebooks in the library catalog (Roger), or search the ebook publishers' websites. There are advantages and disadvantages to each, as noted in the table. Use VPN to access the ebooks from off campus.

  • From the Roger record click Go to Electronic Version >> to access the ebook. Any use restrictions on the book like Limited to one user at a time. Try again later if refused are listed below the red link. You can also limit your searches to ebooks and other online materials only.
  • From the publishers' websites, you should be able to go right to the book as long as it's one we've licensed or purchased. Most websites use some an icon to denote this, like a  or a green box.

Searching in Roger vs. Publisher Websites

  Advantages Disadvantages

Search for Ebooks in Roger


  • Search the books we have licensed.
  • Search results include our print books as well, unless you limit the search to electronic materials
  • Search across all publishers, including “3rd party” platforms covering multiple publishers, like EBL, Ebrary, Knovel, and JSTOR, 
  • You may miss ebooks that aren’t yet in Roger because of time lags in cataloging.
  • Discovery is similar to print books. Keyword searching will check titles, authors, subject headings, and some tables of contents. No full-text searching.

Search for Ebooks on the Publishers' Websites.
For example:

  • Search the full text of the ebooks, as well as journal articles if we license journals from that publisher.
  • Includes available ebooks that are not yet cataloged in Roger.
  • Flexibility to create more complex and specific searches than you can in Roger.
  • You'll only see ebooks and journals from that one publisher, and you have to know which publisher(s) you want to search.
  • Full-text searching often retrieves too many results compared with Roger (especially if you're searching books and journal articles), so you'll have to refine your searches to narrow the results.
  • We may not license every ebook and journal from that publisher. If you come across something we don't have online, check Roger for print or request via interlibrary loan.