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Physics & Astronomy: Resource overview

Basic guide to resources in physics and astronomy

VPN and WiFi Tips

VPN: The Group Setting when signing in to the CISCO Anyconnect VPN must be set to 2-Step Secured allthruucsd. 
If you have trouble accessing resources, sign out of the VPN.  Login again, check that setting, and try your resource again.  More details
WiFI: Use UCSD Protected, not Guest nor Eduroam. Your computer may have switched to Guest.
Make sure to also allow cookies and pop-up windows. Try another browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge). 
Need help?  Ask a Librarian and I or another colleague will respond.

Wireless & Off-Campus Access

Off-campus and on-campus/wifi access to most of the databases, ebooks, and journals licensed by the Library is restricted to UC San Diego students, faculty and staff.

Main Article Databases

Find journal articles on your topic.  In some databases you'll find conference papers as well.

Use Get it at UC to locate the full text of articles, if the Library licenses it.  Or find the print copy in the Library collections.
Need help?  Email me via the Ask a Librarian form

Books, Textbooks and Journals

Find books, textbooks and journals on your topic in the UCSD Libraries' catalog, UC Library Search.

Include "textbook" as a keyword to find textbooks. Use Find Journal to search for journal titles.  Use Get it at UC if you have a specific journal article citation.  Locate books outside of UCSD to request (fastest if a book is held at another UC) or with Circuit (SD area). 
Circuit is really useful - books arrive in about a week.  Since the current UCSD Library policy since 2020 is to stop recalls of UCSD Library books (except for Course Reserves), you might have to wait months to a year before you get notified that your hold on a UCSD Library book is available.

Library News for engineering, math & physical science

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Google can give you a start on your research, but using Google Scholar is smarter.  You'll search only academic resources, and if you set your Scholar Preferences to "University of California, San Diego - Get it at UC" you'll be able to use Get it at UC link resolver to get to article PDFs when you're off campus as long as you have VPN switched on with 2-Step Secured - allthruucsd.

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