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Human Developmental Sciences: Finding Articles & Journals

How to Find Articles

UC Library Search

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.

screenshot of UC Library Search and Databases button


Databases by Subject

After you click on the Databases button, you can find a list of all our databases and filter by subject.

screenshot of Databases A-Z webpage

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).

screenshot of UC Library Search results page with request to Sign In

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.

screenshot of UC Library Search results filters

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.

screenshot of UC Library Search filters by Resource Type

Recommended Databases


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. CINAHL Plus with Full Text (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
    1937 - present. Covers over 1000 journals in nursing and the allied health sciences, including physical therapy, with full text for over 300 of those journals. Link below searches CINAHL and Pre-CINAHL.


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.
  • 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:

Look for:

Get it at UC


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 via Interlibrary 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 icon of 3 parallel bars in the top left corner of the screen.

2. Choose Settings or thegear icon 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]"

screenshot of search for dissertations in UC Library Search

(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.


Keep up with what is being published in your field by downloading Browzine.

Browzine allows you to browse, organize, read and keep up with your favorite scholarly journals licensed by UC San Diego.  You can use it on your desktop, laptop, or mobile device.


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