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Psychology: Essential Library Orientation

Things to Do First

Essential tasks below.

Bookmark the Library website for easy access
Set up off-campus access (VPN) to access licensed content
Connect Google Scholar to the Library's full text, licensed content

(NOTE: Use the VPN to access the full text )

Create a PIN in Roger to access your account

Want bonus content? Are you a graduate student?

Download the Browzine app to keep up with the current research in your field
Create an account for a citation management software.
(Use to manage, store, and organize citations you find.)

Additional Information

Additional useful information:

Bookmark Course Reserves to access textbooks, books, and articles for your courses
Course Reserves
Read how to find books & ebooks using our catalog - Roger
How to use Roger to find books & ebooks
Read how to access our article databases

How to find article databases

Read how to access full text articles in library databases and Google Scholar
Getting full text articles
Bookmark our help page - email, 24/7 chat, one-on-one consultation

Get research help 24/7


Finding Books & eBooks

Library Catalog (Roger) vs. Databases

The library owns over 4,000,000 print and e-books and 700 databases where you can find articles. However, you can't find both of these items in the same place. Some libraries have one single search box for both, but the UC San Diego Library does not.


Catalog vs Database - What can you find in each?

  • Catalog: books, e-books, DVDs, special collections
  • Database: journal articles


Note: Databases only include the articles from journals that particular database has decided to collect. That's why it is important not to rely on just one database for your research. It might not include an important collection of articles you should be using.


Note: Some databases offer the full text of an article while others only provide the citations to let you know it exists.  You will have to check another database for the full text of an article citation. Check out the "Accessing full text" box on this page for information on how to do that.


How to search for ebooks


How to Find Articles

UC San Diego Library Homepage:


Link to Psychology Databases

Access Full Text Articles


 If you don't see either of these icons in a library database:

Use this icon:

It will automatically search for the full text of an article.

It may open up the article automatically, or you will get a menu of options to get the article (either a full page or a side menu):

- Choose any of the links to get the article online, if available
- See if the article is available in print (links out to the library catalog)
- Request via interlibrary loan if we don't have it.

1. Go to the Google Scholar homepage and click in the top left corner of the screen.

2. Choose Settings or the in the top right of the menu.

3. Select Library Links from the left-side menu.

4. Search for University of California, San Diego.

5. Mark check box next to this option and Save.


When you search for articles, you will now see an extra column with additional links on the right.  Where you see UC-eLinks, you may click it to view the UC-eLinks menu from which you can get the full text through the library databases. From this menu, choose whichever online option is available.


(Note: If you are not logged into the VPN (see home page of this guide), when you choose an article, you will be asked to log in with your UCSD username and password)


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