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Climate Action at UCSD and Beyond: Finding Books

Finding Books and eBooks

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.   In addition, it is possible to expand a UC Library Search to include global results via WorldCat.  See also the Keyword Search Strategies and Tools Box by Scrolling Down on the Search Strategies and Tools tab of this guide.

PLEASE CONSULT THE ATTACHED GOOGLE DOCUMENT FOR DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS ON USING UC LIBRARY SEARCH.

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

Accessing eBooks

See the eBooks research guide for lists of major ebook collections and significant information about how to print, download and/or read ebook material online.  See also the Access to eBooks tab linked via drop-down menu beneath this one.

Dissertations and Theses

Dissertations are unpublished book-length manuscripts completed in order to earn a Ph.D.  Master Degree theses are generally shorter, focused and well-documented research papers.  Various subject-based databases index and abstract dissertations and some theses.  These include:

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses   

The Dissertations and Theses database from ProQuest cites 2.3 million works issued by graduate institutions in North America and beyond from 1861 to the present. PDF full texts of most UC dissertations starting about 1997 are available online at no charge.

University of California ETDs

To limit to ETDs, click on the thesis box in the menu on the left. To limit to a particular campus, select the drop down option and the campus you want to search.  In the upper right hand corner, you can search by keywords -- for example anthropology master to limit to Anthropology M.A. theses.  If you know the name of the athor or title of the thesis or dissertation you are looking for, you can also resort that way and browset through to find it alphabetically.

Center for Research Libraries 

CRL is a good source for foreign dissertations; our CRL membership provides free loans for UCSD researchers.

Additional ETD Links 

Use this UCSD LibGuide for more links to ETD (electronic theses and dissertations) repositories across the globe.

Capstone Papers produced by graduates of UCSD's Climate Science and Policy MAS Program