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Using UC Library Search to find articles is a great place to start. However, it does not include all the content to which the Library subscribes. To extend your search, try a database by clicking the "Databases" button underneath the UC Library Search box.
After you click on the Databases button, you can find a list of all our databases and filter by subject.
UC Library Search Tips - Signing In
Here are a few tips for using the new UC Library Search:
Search from homepage, then Sign in.
After you enter a search, on the results page, you will see a yellow bar asking you to sign in. Signing in gives you the full options (requesting, etc).
UC Library Search Tips - Availability
Filtering results by location.
IMPORTANT NOTE: To filter results to what is at the UC San Diego, select "UC San Diego Library" under the UC Libraries filter.
Selecting "Geisel Library" from the Libraries filter or "Held by Library" under the Availability filter will filter results to print resources only.
Good databases to start your search.
Tip: The databases on ProQuest (ERIC, LLBA, MLA, PsycINFO, Socioloical Abstracts) or EbscoHost (Academic Search Complete, PsycINFO) can be searched together by "choosing databases", but you will lose database-specific search fields, such as the age group limiter in PsycINFO. Same with the Web of Science/INSPEC cross search.
1947-present. The ACM Digital Library includes bibliographic information, abstracts, and full text of works published by the Association for Computing Machinery. The Guide to the Computing Literature indexes journal articles and conference proceedings from additional societies and commercial publishers including IEEE, Springer, Elsevier, SIAM, Usenix, etc., making this database the first choice for computer research. Provides bibliometrics on Authors and Institutions. Beta UCSD institutional profile now available.
Full-text access to IEEE & IEE/IET transactions, journals, magazines & conference proceedings, IEEE standards, and IEEE e-books. Browse by journal title, conference name, author. Citing articles of IEEE papers now listed. Includes titles in cognition, communication, and data science.
Indexes 16+ million journal articles and conference papers in physics, electrical engineering and electronics, and computer science. Also good for related disciplines like geophysics, astronomy, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, ocean engineering, and acoustics. Indexes IEEE conference papers and standards. ****You can now cross search with Compendex for a more comprehensive search of the engineering literature; duplicate results can be removed.
Provides access to scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences. Includes journal articles, books, chapters, and dissertations. Includes approximately 2,500 journals. Updated weekly. NOTE: Includes full-text jrnl articles from PsycARTICLES and Psychology:A SAGE Full-Text Collection.
Indexes over 18,000 journals in all subjects (coverage back to 1900 for science and social science journals), as well as 80,000 books and more than 180K conference proceedings. Includes the popular "cited reference search" to identify papers which have cited a previously published work or author. Can also sort by "times cited" and find related articles based on commonly cited works.
If you don't see either of these icons in a database:
It will automatically search where you can find the full text of an article.
It will either:
open up the article automatically, or
give a menu of links (either a full page or a side menu) where you can find the article
You then have 3 options:
- 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 viaInterlibrary Loan, if we don't have it, free of charge.
When requesting you will need your Library ID number. It begins with "21822" and can be found on the back of your UCSD ID card or within the UCSD app. Enter the 14-digit number without spaces.
Google Scholar and Full Text Access
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 - Get It at UC.
5. Click 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 Get it at UC, you may click it to view the Get it at UC 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 and/or pay for access. Be sure to log into the VPN first.)
Dissertations and Theses
How to Find Dissertations and Theses
(1) In UC Library Search using "dissertations, academic -- UCSD -- [department or subject area]"
(2) Use the database Dissertations and Theses (Proquest) to find dissertations at UCSD and other institutions.
(3) Don't see the one you need available, search the title (in quotation marks) in UC Library Search to request it via Interlibrary Loan.
UC Library Search allows you to search all of the University of California's library collections. It includes scholarly and peer-reviewed journals and articles, books and ebooks, course reserves, special formats (media, maps, newspapers, dissertations, etc.), government documents and datasets, and primary resources, archives, and special collections.
Search for the journal title in UC Library Search, click on the resource, then look for "Search inside" on the left side (if available) to easily search for articles with a specific topic within that journal.
List of Annual Reviews
To see a list of annual reviews for your discipline, use UC Library Search - "[subject area] -- annual review".