Books are especially good for finding broad, in-depth analysis of a particular subject. They can generally offer more complete information and greater historical perspective than you will find in journals or other types of sources.
UC Library Search is the first stop for finding books, journals, documents, maps and all other material located physically in the UCSD libraries, as well as online resources purchased for your use. It also contains a limited number of online journal and newspaper articles.
You can also use UC Library Search to find materials at other UC libraries.
Circuit is a shared library catalog that searches the holdings of all San Diego university libraries (except Cal State San Marcos) and the San Diego County Public Library. If a book you need is already checked out at UCSD, or if or we don't own a book that you need, check in Circuit. If it’s available at another San Diego Circuit library, it can be delivered to UCSD in 1-3 days.
Search tip: If you have trouble finding books using a library catalog like UC Library Search (which don't search the full text of books, but only the basic bibliographic information, subject headings, table of contents, etc.), try a search using your keywords in Google Books - which does search the full text of thousands of books.
While you won't be able to read the full text via Google for most books, this is a great way to identify books of possible interest. When you find a book that looks relevant, paste the title into UC Library Search to see if the Library has access to the full text.
HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research organizations offering a collection of millions of digitized materials from libraries around the world, include the UCSD Library. Full text is available for many but not all items - you can restrict your search to full text items.
Because of copyright limitations for more recent material, HathiTrust is best used for historical volumes and government publications.
The Library is increasingly purchasing books in electronic format rather than traditional print format. These books are listed in UC Library Search just like other books; choose the "available online" limiter on the search results screen to see only books in electronic format.
In addition to using UC Library Search to limit to electronic materials (as described above), you might want to check some of our ebook collections. See the library's ebooks guide for:
Because urban studies is an interdisciplinary subject, books may be found in many different call number areas. The primary call number range for general urban studies and urban planning books is HT101-395, which is on the 6th floor of Geisel Library. The USP librarian also selects books for HE305-311 and GF101-127 call numbers.
If you are a UCSD affiliate and would like to recommend a purchase for the Library's urban studies and planning collection, please email the USP librarian directly at email@example.com or use the online form.
GF 101-127 Settlements
GF 125 Cities.Urban geography
GF 127 Rural settlements. Rural geography
HD 72 - 88 Economic growth, development, planning
HD 101 - 1395.5 Land use
HD 1361 - 1395.5 Real estate business
HE 305-311 Urban transportation
HT 101-395 Urban groups. The city. Urban sociology
HT 161-165 Garden cities. "The city beautiful"
HT 165.5-169.9 City planning
HT 170-178 Urban renewal. Urban redevelopment
HT 201-221 City population; Including children in cities, immigration
HT 231 Effect of city life
HT 251-265 Mental and moral life
HT 281 Recreation. Amusements
HT 321-325 The city as an economic factor. City promotion
HT 330-334 Metropolitan areas
HT 351-352 Suburban cities and towns
HT 361-384 Urbanization. City and country
HT 388 Regional economics. Space in economics
HT 390-395 Regional planning
One effective way of searching any library catalog is by using Library of Congress subject headings.
Subject headings are "controlled vocabulary" - specific terms assigned by librarians to classify library materials. When conducting a subject search, terms must be entered exactly the way they appear in the library catalog. Examples of common USP-related subject headings are in the boxes below.
One way to find appropriate subject headings is to first start with keyword searching. Go to UC Library Search and do a simple keyword search, using words that match your topic. When your results come up, click the "Books" box on the left under "Resource Type", then click "apply filters". As you look through the list of search results and find an item you like, click on the title and then scroll down to find the subject headings used to classify that item. Clicking one of those subject headings will run a new catalog search and retrieve additional materials on that specific subject.
Search tip: if using the "browse search" feature in UC Library Search to browse subject headings, try adding "california san diego" (without quotes) to the end of these subject headings. If there are relevant titles, the San Diego addendum will take you to those items in the catalog.
|Architecture and society||Public works|
|Art municipal||Regional economics|
|Central business districts||Regional planning|
|Cities and towns||Rural development|
|Cities and towns growth||Sociology urban|
|City planning environmental aspects||Sustainable architecture|
|Coastal zone management||Sustainable development|
|Community development urban||University towns|
|Community gardens||Urban beautification|
|Energy policy||Urban ecology sociology|
|Environmental justice||Urban economics|
|Environmental policy||Urban geography|
|Housing||Urban landscape architecture|
|Indian reservations||Urban policy|
|Land use||Urban poor|
|Land use urban||Urban renewal|
|Metropolitan areas||Urban transportation|
|Mexican-American border region||Urbanization|
|Municipal government||Water supply|
|Neighborhood planning||Water use|
|Commercial Buildings||Real Estate Development|
|Commercial Real Estate||Real Estate Development- Environmental Aspects|
|Housing Policy||Real Estate Development - Finance|
|Industrial Real Estate||Real Estate Development - Government Policy|
|Land Subdivision||Real Estate Development - United States|
|Land Use||Real Estate Investment|
|Land Use - Urban||Real Estate Management|
|Real Estate Business||Real Property|
|Real Estate Developers||Residential Real Estate|