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Psychology: Essential Library Orientation

Things to Do First

New to UCSD? Complete the tasks below.

Bookmark the Library website
Set up off-campus access (VPN)
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

Advanced/Graduate Students

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.)


Course Reserves

Your professor may put a particular text or article on reserve for your class. You can find them through the Library using the Course Reserves link.


To access course reserves you will need your AD username and password. This is the same username and password you use to sign into your UCSD email or TritonEd. Once you are logged into the system you can search via instructor or course. Reserve items can be picked up at the front desk of Geisel Library.

Catalog vs. Database

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.

Finding Books & eBooks


How to only search for ebooks


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)

Ask A Librarian


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Get help when you need it. 


Ask by Chat

Ask by chat is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

A librarian from another academic library may answer your question, but UC San Diego librarians will follow up with additional information if needed.


Schedule a consultation with a subject librarian to focus on your research needs.


Drop by for Research Help at the Research Assistance Desk in the Geisel Library building, (858) 822-0450

Ask by Email

Send an email and get a response within 24 hours.

Ask by Phone

Call us when you need research help! Hours we're available.

Service Desk Phone Number
Information Desk (858) 534-0133
Research Assistance Desk (858) 822-0450



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