ECE 87: Freshman Seminar: Resources for your Research

This guide was created in Sept. 2009 for Dr Paul Yu's Freshman Seminar in ECE

Remote Access

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

Need Help?

Use the link to Ask a Librarian, or contact me directly.  See my contact information in the box at the far right.

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.

Books, Textbooks and Journals

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

Limit to "Journals and Serials" to search for journal titles. Search for "textbook" as a keyword to find textbooks.

Encyclopedias and Handbooks

Use these resources for overview articles on your topic.

Article Databases

Find journal articles on your topic.  In some databases you'll find conference papers as well. SciFinder requires an account with username/password. Information on account setup.

Use UC-eLinks to get to the full text of articles, if the Library licenses it. 


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.


Patents can give you valuable technical information and are an important way to protect intellectual property. 

Contact Me

Susan Shepherd
Science & Engineering Librarian
Academic Liaison Program
9500 Gilman Drive #0699
La Jolla, CA 92017-0699