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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.
UC Library Search Tips - Resource Type
Filtering by Resource Type.
Much like the functionality in the databases, you can filter UC Library Search results by resource type.
PsycINFO [UCSD Only] 1806-present. From the American Psychological Association. Provides access to scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences. Includes jrnl articles, books, chapters, and dissertations. Over 2,400 jrnl titles indexed.
ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) [UCSD Only] 1966-present. Educational Resources Information Center is a database sponsored by the U.S. Dept of Education to provide access to educational-related literature. Includes citations and abstracts to journal articles (EJ) and documents (ED) in education.
Includes bibliographic records covering essential areas related to social gerontology, including the psychology of aging, elder abuse, society and the elderly, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.
Communication Abstracts [UCSD Only] 1963-present. Abstracts articles, reports, papers, books from a variety of publishers and research institutions in all areas of communication studies (mass, interpersonal and new communication technologies).
Family & Society Studies Worldwide [UCSD Only] Publications indexed are drawn from a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, sociology, psychology, demography, health sciences, education, economics, law, history, and social work. Covers 1970-present. h
Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI) [UCSD Only] Information on measurement instruments such as questionnaires, checklists, rating scales, and other measures in the health fields, psychosocial sciences, organizational behavior, and library and information science.
Covers the international literature in linguistics and related disciplines in the language sciences. Publications on all aspects of the study of language: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics as well as fields of linguistic: descriptive, historical, comparative, theoretical and geographical.
PubMED 1953-present. MEDLINE and genetics databases from the National Library of Medicine. Now offers e-mail alerting and RSS feeds! Choose Abstract display to see UC E-Links icons for linking to full text and ordering interlibrary loans.
Sociological Abstracts [UCSD Only] 1963-present. Abstracts journal articles, monographs, dissertations, conference proceedings, other research covering sociology, social work, and related social sciences. Also includes selected web resources.
Web of Science [UCSD Only] 1900-present. Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Science Citation Index. Major database indexes 10,000+ journals in the sciences, social sciences, arts, & humanities, as well as conference proceedings.
Getting Full Text Articles
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.