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Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): SURF Summer Program: Find Books & Ebooks

Scripps Institution of Oceanography REU Summer Program

UC Library Search

UC Library Search UC Library Search includes all UC Libraries and some of Worldcat

UC Library Search, accessible from the search box on the library's homepage, helps you locate books, film, music, maps, and various other materials at the UC San Diego Library and beyond. It also contains a limited number of online journals and newspaper articles. You may search by keyword, title, and author, and filter your search to what is available online. You can also place an interlibrary loan request through UC Library Search for materials at other UC campuses or libraries worldwide using your Single Sign-On credentials.


Search Tips 

  • Sign in to access full results lists, electronic resources, request items, and save records. To access electronic resources, you must be logged into the VPN.
  • Capitalize the operators AND, OR, NOT when combining key search terms.
  • To request items that the Library doesn't have click the Request button.
  • Click Digitalization to request scans of print book chapters or print articles.


UC Library Search is one part of your complete search.


UC Library Search does not include all the content to which the Library subscribes. To extend your search, try a database. The database you use depends on the topic or subject you have chosen and the type of information you need to access. You may choose among broad subject areas (e.g., biology, art, political science, etc.), as well as interdisciplinary databases or ones that search across multiple disciplines. 

You must also be logged into the VPN to access the information for any database with a blue lock icon. blue locked padlock

A-Z Databases

Search the Ebook Collections

Another option to search for ebooks is by searching the full text of the the books (and articles) at the publisher websites. This can identify books that may not come up in a library catalog search. However:

  • Full text may bring up very large sets of results, which you can refine by limits and making your searches more detailed (more keywords).
  • You are only searching that one publisher.
  • We may not have everything by that publisher. Check the catalog to see if we have the print book or use interlibrary loan.

Below are the largest collections of science ebooks. More subject specific ebook collections are listed on their associated subject guides (for example: Climate & Atmospheric Sciences, Marine Biodiversity & Conservation).