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Wireless & Off-Campus Access
Off-campus and on-campus/wifi access to most of the databases, ebooks, and journals licensed by the Library is restricted to UC San Diego students, faculty and staff.
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UCSD-PROTECTED Wireless Network
Use the UCSD-PROTECTED wifi network to access UCSD-licensed resources on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone anywhere on campus.
Main Article Databases
Find journal articles on your topic. In some databases you'll find conference papers as well.
Use UC-eLinks to located the full text of articles, if the Library licenses it. Or find the print copy in the Library collections.
Astrophysics Data System This link opens in a new window
Indexes journal articles & conference papers in astronomy & astrophysics. Choose Physics to search physics & geophysics.
arXiv.org e-Print archive This link opens in a new window
Preprints for physics, astronomy, mathematics, nonlinear sciences, and computer science.
Inspec This link opens in a new window
1898-present. Major index of articles in physics, astronomy, computers & control, electronics & electrical engineering, mechanics & acoustics. Now indexes arXiv preprints. Also good for conference proceedings.
Web of Science This link opens in a new window
Indexes articles across many areas of science and social sciences. Good for citation searching.
See June 2017 news
for information about the updated interface and increases in numbers of records in results.
Books, Textbooks and Journals
Find books, textbooks and journals on your topic in the UCSD Libraries' catalog, Roger.
Include "textbook" as a keyword to find textbooks. Limit to "Journals and Serials" to search for journal titles. Use Citation Linker if you have a specific journal article citation. Locate books outside of UCSD with Circuit (SD area), Melvyl (UC libraries & beyond).
If you have a citation for an article, use this tool to find the article online.
San Diego area universities & public libraries. Books requested arrive in 1-5 working days.
Melvyl This link opens in a new window
The MELVYL Catalog combines the holdings of all UC Library catalogs (it also includes WorldCat) and includes books, government documents, journals and select individual articles. Use the Request button to ask for books from another UC library. Items from these libraries arrive within 2-4 days.
Library News for engineering, math & physical science
Google can give you a start on your research, but using Google Scholar is smarter. You'll search only academic resources, and if you set your Scholar Preferences to "University of California, San Diego - UC-eLinks" you'll be able to use UC-eLinks to get to article PDFs when you're off campus.