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Finding Books: Library Catalogs
Use the following library catalogs to locate a book.
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Search Circuit to find books at UCSD, SDSU, USD and Cal State San Marcos. Delivery can be same or next day.
The MELVYL Catalog combines the holdings of all UC Library catalogs and includes books, government documents, and periodicals subscriptions (but not content of periodicals). Use the online form to request books from other UC libraries. Delivery can be as soon as 2-3 days and usually no more than a week.
Subject Searching: Try using the Library of Congress Subject Headings, the terms used by most U.S. academic libraries to describe the main subjects of books. Subject searching on natural words and phrases may give lower or zero results if not the "official" terminology.
When you discover useful resources from a keyword search: A glance at actual subject headings in the catalog record for books use gives suggestions of both the "official" subject term and new directions to try.