The Library is increasingly purchasing books in electronic format rather than traditional print format. These books are listed in our catalog just like other books, and you can even limit your catalog search to find just the books that are available online.
To do this, simply click on the "electronic materials" link at the top of the search page and then enter your search term. All of the resulting titles will be fully viewable online.
Ebooks will be especially important while classes are being taught online. In addition to using the Roger catalog to limit to electronic materials (as described above), you might want to check some of our ebook collections. See the library's ebooks guide for:
In addition, many publishers and library vendors are providing free temporary access to some content. Links and more information are available on the library's Open Access guide.
Search tip: Use Roger to find books available at the UC San Diego Library, Circuit to find books in other San Diego libraries, or Melvyl to at one of the ten UC campuses or to request a book from libraries around the world.
Search tip: Remember, though, that you're only searching basic cataloging information about the book (not the book contents itself) so keep your search general.
Begin with a keyword search, for example
sustainab* and libraries
pollution and cars
(Note that the * is a truncation symbol, e.g. sustainab* returns results for sustainable, sustainability, etc.)
When you find a record for a book that looks useful, take a look at the subject headings. In Roger, these subject headings are clickable links that run a new search. Searching by these subject headings may help find resources that don't turn up with an initial keyword search. They might also give you ideas of other search terms to use in your keyword search.
Bonus search tip: Having trouble finding books using the online catalog? Search the contents of books using Google Books, then do a title search in Roger, Circuit, or Melvyl!
Super bonus tip: Use Google Scholar's "intitle:" limit to search your search term within reference books like encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, etc.