Getting Started Guide

Things to Do First

Library Catalogs

Subject and Course Guides

Subject & Course Guides LibGuides identify selected resources for your area of research or for specific classes. They highlight high quality resources, hand-selected for your needs, like databases, e-books, style guides, citation management systems, etc. http://lib.ucsd.edu/libguides 

Databases

Already know what you are looking for? Launch databases from the library website for full features. http://lib.ucsd.edu/databases-a-z

Use UC-eLinks

Use UC-eLinks to find the full text of an article online, locate a print copy, or initiate an interlibrary loan request when the item is not available in the Library.

Physical Collections

Print Resources are located in the Geisel Library Building, the Biomedical Library Building, and Library Annex storage facilities. Use the online catalog Roger to find specific locations: http://roger.ucsd.edu

Circulating books - Tower, Floors 1, 4-8

Circulating books in the visual arts - West Wing, 1st Floor

Circulating books and scores in music - East Wing, 1st Floor

Bound print journals (most subjects, disciplines and topics) - East Wing, 1st Floor

Bound print journals (Chinese, Japanese, Korean) - Tower, Floor 4

Current issues of print journals, newpapers, government documents, microforms, CD-roms, new books and most reference materials - West Wing, 2nd Floor

New Books - West Wing, 2nd Floor

Popular Science Collection - West Wing, 2nd Floor

Special collections, manuscripts and archives - West Wing, 2nd Floor

DVD’s, video and sound recordings Media Desk - West Wing, 1st Floor

Biomedical Sciences are primarily located on the second floor of the Biomedical Library Building

Discipline Specific Getting Started Guides

Use these guides to print out, or save, important information and links, and for the name & contact information of your subject specialist librarian.

A Guide for Scholars in the Arts & Humanities

A Guide for Scholars in the Biological, Health, & Marine Sciences

A Guide for Scholars in the Physical Sciences & Engineering

A Guide for Scholars in the Social Sciences

Special Collections & Archives

Housing a wide range of primary resources, our collections include rare books, manuscripts, periodicals, maps, photographs, artworks, films, sound recordings, archives, and digital files curated to support UC San Diego research interests. http://lib.ucsd.edu/sca

Digital Collections

Find a range of documents, images, audio, video, and data sets collected, managed and preserved by the Library. http://library.ucsd.edu/dc

Browse Current Issues of Journals Online

BrowZine is a current awareness service (accessible via laptop, desktop, and mobile devices) that lets you browse, read, and monitor your favorite scholarly journals.

http://lib.ucsd.edu/browzine

Interlibrary Loan

UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff may request materials that are not available at the Library. http://lib.ucsd.edu/ill

Annex

Many books and journals are kept in the Annex, an off-site storage facility. If you find an item located in the Annex while you’re searching Roger, simply hit the Request button to have it delivered to campus. If you’re not in Roger, request a book, journal volume, scanned copy of an article or book chapter by completing this form:

http://lib.ucsd.edu/request-book-or-journal-article

Course Reserves

Access online course reserve materials, find call number and location for other formats, or place materials on reserve: http://reserves.ucsd.edu  

Tutorials and FAQs: http://lib.ucsd.edu/faculty-course-reserves 

Research Data Curation Program (RDCP)

RDCP services focus on data management best practices, data management plans, sharing & discovery, digital preservation, training, consultations, and grant-writing support. http://lib.ucsd.edu/rdcp 

Data Services

Assists with identifying, locating and acquiring data in all formats. Offers support with software packages such as R, Python, Stata, SAS & SPSS and can help you clean and prepare your data for analysis. Provides instructional support for researchers and instructors teaching courses with a data analysis component.

http://lib.ucsd.edu/data-services

Data and GIS Lab

Lab computers run a number of statistical and GIS software applications: SAS and Google Earth PRO, Korean and Japanese language packages, and economic and financial datasets. A staff member is available to assist with software use, large format scanning, and other issues. http://lib.ucsd.edu/data-gis-lab 

Scholarly Communication and Open Access

http://lib.ucsd.edu/scholcom

Learn about the UC Open Access Policies, UC discounts for publishing in open access journals, and upcoming events and initiatives focused on scholarly publishing.

Learning Spaces for Graduate Students