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USP 125: Design of Social Research: Sources for the Review

Best-bet databases for journal articles

These are just a few of the databases likely to include articles of interest; a more complete list of USP-related databases is available on the general Urban Studies & Planning Research Guide. You might also want to review other subject guides for suggested databases in  those disciplines.


Databases for other types of information

Database Search Tip

Use the term "literature review" as a keyword phrase, along with your topic keywords, to find published reviews of interest.

Looking for books?

The UCSD Library's Roger catalog is the first stop for finding books, journals, documents, maps and all other material located physically in the UCSD libraries, as well as online resources purchased for your use.


Bonus search tip: Having trouble finding relevant books using the online catalog? You can search the full text of many books using Google Books to identify books of possible interest, then do a title search in the library catalogs to find a copy. In most cases, you won't be able to actually read the full text online.

Circuit is a shared library catalog that searches the holdings of all San Diego university libraries and the San Diego County Public Library. If a book you need is already checked out at UCSD, or if or we don't own a book that you need, check in Circuit. If it’s available at another San Diego Circuit library, it can be delivered to UCSD in 1-3 days.

If a book or journal you need isn't available through Roger or Circuit, try the Melvyl catalog. It allows you to search worldwide, or limit your search to UC Libraries. If borrowed from another UC campus, your item should arrive in 3-6 days. From other libraries, books and journals can take up to 3 weeks, so start your research early!

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Interlibrary Loan

For books, articles, dissertations or other material that you can't easily get through our databases or catalogs, you can use the Interlibrary Loan service. Just fill out the appropriate form, and the library will do our best to get the item for you from another library.