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Physics & Astronomy: Basic Resources

Basic guide to resources in physics and astronomy

Library News for engineering, math & physical science


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.

Roger Search Box

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.

Contact Info

Deborah Kegel
Geisel Library 0175R

858 534-1215
Website / Blog Page

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.