HIUS 186: In the Public Interest: US Public Policy History: Library Basics

Getting Started

This guide is for those who need help with their research projects.  Below are a few basic research tips.  For a more detailed library and research FAQ click here.  For help with more specific kinds of sources, click on the blue tabs above.

For a guide to online primary sources, click here.

  • To connect to UCSD databases from off-campus use these services.
  • To see online reference books like dictionaries and encyclopedias, click here.
  • To connect to the UCSD wireless network with your laptop, follow these instructions.
  • To use a printing account and your laptop to print in a lab, click here.
  • To photocopy, and to print from library computers, use your UCSD ID.
  • To be able to use all library services, set up your My Library Account.
  • To see when the libraries open and close, check the library hours.
  • To see what your instructors have put on Reserve, click here.
  • To get materials not available on campus, find out about Requesting Books & Articles.
  • To create an online bibliography of your research, take a workshop or set up an account on