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Latin American Studies Online: Access to eBooks

Important Information for Accessing Ebooks

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There are many resources to use to find books at UCSD, as well as in the broader San Diego, California, and Global Community.  UC Library Search (displayed and accessed at the center of the UC Library Homepage) allows users to search the local UCSD and UC wide catalogs, as well as WorldCat – which identifies holdings across the globe.  UC Library Search also incorporates records from many databases (so you can search for articles at the same time that you search for books, microform, government documents, and more) and it also includes faceting, which helps you to narrow down the results of your search by format, subject, or other criteria.  See also the Keyword Search Strategies and Tools Box by Scrolling Down on the Tips for Effective Online Searching tab of this guide.


Additional Resources

Please see the Guide to eBooks for important information on 

  • searching for and accessing UCSD ebooks in general
  • major ebook collections that UCSD subscribes to
  • the differences between (and advantages and disadvantages presented by) different platforms
  • citing ebooks

See the Dissertations & Theses Box At the Bottom of This Page (i.e. Below)


Temporarily Expanded, Free Access to eBook Collections

Ebook Collections with Free Access

  • Google Books ~ Advanced Book Search: Search the full text of over 15 million books. Most books published after 1923 are not available to read online, but can be previewed and located in libraries.
  • HathiTrust: Partnership of academic and research organizations offering a collection of millions of digitized materials from libraries around the world, include the UC San Diego Library.  In addition to the titles to which we normally have access, we now have Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS), giving us access to 20.30% more of the Hathi Trust collection.  In order to access, you need to login at using active directory.  Once you've done that, you can search for the title and then borrow it by clicking on "temporary access."  For more help, consult the following links: ETAS overviewpolicies and terms of service for member libraries, and information/FAQs
  • CQ Press Electronic Library Licensed by UCSD  Find reporting, analysis on US Congressional issues in the news and coverage of the status of bills, votes and amendments, floor and committee actiity and backroom maneuvering. Includes: CQ Almanac, CQ Researcher Plus Archive, CQ Weekly, Political Handbook of the World, Politics in America, and Supreme Court Yearbook. All include information on Latin America particularly in the context of US-Latin American relations.
  • IMF e-Library
  • IMF-World Bank Library
  • UN Collection on Critical Global Issues