Before you can get into licensed UCSD resources like databases and electronic journals and books, you have to set up ENCRYPTED WIRELESS on your laptop. (Guest wireless will not allow you access to these.)
To set up ENCRYPTED WIRELESS on your laptop, go to the site below and select your operating system. Detailed directions with illustrations will guide you through the process.
Jump right in and find a book on your topic at the UC San Diego Library.
The Library's catalog (above) does not point you to individual articles (just the journals), so you need an article database. Depending upon your topic, you might need one or two of the following ones.