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History of Science: Find Books / Ebooks / Dissertations

History of Science & Medicine @ UCSD


We have an extensive collection of books (print and ebooks) that cover the history of science, technology, and medicine.

UC Library Search

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, or peer-reviewed articles. 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.

UC Library Search does not include all the content to which the Library subscribes. To extend your search for articles, consider using one or more listed on the Find Articles page. 

The Roger and Melvyl catalogs were retired on July 27, 2021.

Looking for Dissertations?

Use UC Library Search to find dissertations and theses by UC San Diego and UC students. Limit results by selecting Dissertations from the Resource Type facet.  Most UC dissertations from 1996 to date are freely available in the UC eScholarship repository.

Use Dissertations and Theses to find dissertations from other universities. If the dissertations is available full text, go ahead and download it.

  • If it's not, you might want to Google it first since many universities have made their theses and dissertations freely available.
  • If you can't find the full text, use the or                             button in the Dissertations and Theses record to request a copy through interlibrary loan.

Ebook Collections

Key UCSD ebook collections with chemistry and biochemistry titles. You can search for titles in UC Library Search or at the publisher websites. title/full-text at the publisher websites.

  • If you search at the publisher websites, expect large sets of search results, due to the full-text book searching (and journals if applicable). Searches have to be more specific.
  • Unless otherwise specified, we don't have access to all ebooks from a particular publisher. Check the catalog for a print copy, or request via Interlibrary Loan.