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Archaeology: Access to eBooks

Important Information for access to ebooks!

1. Please make sure you have downloaded the VPN client and have it set for allthruUCSD,  See the necessary directions/links here.  To make sure you have properly set up your VPN, test it here.

2. Please make sure you are using the best browser for your particular computer.  Unless you are using an actual PC, you probably need to use the most native browser to that system -- such as Safari for Apple, Microsoft Edge for a Surface Pro, and Chrome for a Chromebook. 

Search for ebooks in the Library Catalog via UC Library Search

There are many resources to use to find books at UCSD, as well as in the broader San Diego, California, and Global Community.  UC Library Search (displayed and accessed at the center of the UC Library Homepage) allows users to search the local UCSD and UC wide catalogs.  UC Library Search also incorporates records from many databases (so you can search for articles at the same time that you search for books, microform, government documents, and more) and it also includes faceting, which helps you to narrow down the results of your search by format, subject, or other criteria.  In addition, it is possible to expand a UC Library Search to include global results via WorldCat.  See also the Keyword Search Strategies and Tools Box by Scrolling Down on the Tips for Effective Online Searching tab of this guide.

PLEASE CONSULT THE ATTACHED GOOGLE DOCUMENT FOR DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS ON USING UC LIBRARY SEARCH.

UC Library Search

UC Library Search diagram showing UC Library Search including the local campus library, all UC Libraries, and some of Worldcat

UC Library Search, accessible from the search box on the library's homepage, helps you locate books, film, music, maps, and various other materials at the UC San Diego Library and beyond. It also contains a limited number of online journal and newspaper articles. You may search by keyword, title, and author, and filter your search to what is available online. You can also place an interlibrary loan request through UC Library Search for materials at other UC campuses or libraries worldwide using your Single Sign-On credentials.

 

Search Tips 

  • Sign in to access full results lists, electronic resources, request items, and save records. To access electronic resources, you must be logged into the VPN.
  • Capitalize the operators AND, OR, NOT when combining key search terms.
  • To request items that the Library doesn't have click the Request button.
  • Click Digitalization to request scans of print book chapters or print articles.

 

UC Library Search is one part of your complete search.

UC Library Search does not include all the content to which the Library subscribes. To extend your search, try a database. The database you use depends on the topic or subject you have chosen and the type of information you need to access. You may choose among broad subject areas (e.g., biology, art, political science, etc.), as well as interdisciplinary databases or ones that search across multiple disciplines. 

You must also be logged into the VPN to access the information for any database with a blue lock icon. Blue lock icon

A-Z Databases

Additional Resources

Please see the Guide to eBooks for important information on 

  • searching for and accessing UCSD ebooks in general
  • major ebook collections that UCSD subscribes to
  • the differences between (and advantages and disadvantages presented by) different platforms
  • citing ebooks

See the Dissertations & Theses Box At the Bottom of This Page (i.e. Below)

 

 

Online collections of ebooks

Continuing ebook digital archive projects:

  • Google Books ~ Advanced Book Search: Search the full text of over 15 million books. Most books published after 1923 are not available to read online, but can be previewed and located in libraries.
  • HathiTrust: Partnership of academic and research organizations offering a collection of millions of digitized materials from libraries around the world, include the UC San Diego Library.

Dissertations and Theses

Dissertations are unpublished book-length manuscripts completed in order to earn a Ph.D.  Master Degree theses are generally shorter, focused and well-documented research papers.  Various subject-based databases index and abstract dissertations and some theses.  These include:

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses  
The Dissertations and Theses database from ProQuest cites 2.3 million works issued by graduate institutions in North America and beyond from 1861 to the present. PDF full texts of most UC dissertations starting about 1997 are available online at no charge.
 

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