Research Guides: New and Updated

Need to start your research?  We have guides to get you started on locating books (plus e-books), journal articles, encyclopedias, data and more for your subject. Each guide also includes the contact information for your librarian.

We also have guides for more specialized topics:

plus guides for particular courses like CHEM 105, CHEM 143ABC, BENG 100, MAE 154, and SE 2.

2 Free e-books from O’Reilly: Hacking Healthcare & Open Government

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Other O’Reilly e-books are accessible on Safari  through our UCSD library subscription.

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Comprehensive Biotechnology (new)

This year, we added Science Direct’s (Elsevier) Comprehensive Biotechnology to our collection of online science and engineering reference works.

Comprehensive Biotechnology presents up-to-date and essential entries on the principles and practice of biotechnology. The integration of the latest relevant science and industry practice with fundamental biotechnology concepts is presented with entries from internationally recognized world-leaders in their given fields. With two volumes covering basic fundamentals, and four volumes of applications, from environmental biotechnology and safety to medical biotechnology and healthcare, this work serves the needs of newcomers as well as established experts combining the latest relevant science and industry practice in a manageable format.

Volumes and sections:

  1. Scientific Fundamentals of Biotechnology (51 chapters) – The Biochemical Basis; The Biological Basis; The Genetic Basis; Systems Biology; The Metabolic Basis; The Biophysical Basis; The Computational Basis; Analysis and Control
  2. Engineering Fundamentals of Biotechnology (75 chapters) – Underlying Principles; Upstream Processing; Bioreactors: A. Design; Bioreactors: B. Application; Bioreactions and Bioreactor Operation; Downstream Processing and Product Recovery; Process Considerations; Other Considerations
  3. Industrial Biotechnology and Commodity Products (61 chapters) – Bulk Commodities: A. Industrial Enzymes; Bulk Commodities: B. Biofuels and Bioenergy; Bulk Commodities: C. Bio-Based Chemicals; Bulk Commodities: D. Biomaterials; Healthcare Products: A. Small Molecules; Healthcare Products: B. Biologics; Food Ingredients; Other Considerations
  4. Agricultural and Related Biotechnologies (65 chapters) – Plant Systems; Animal Systems; Food Systems; Intergration of Biotechnologies; Socio-Economic Considerations
  5. Medical Biotechnology and Healthcare (56 chapters) – Enabling Technologies; Tissue Engineering and Stem Cell Therapy; Biopharmaceuticals, in vitro Drug Testing and Drug Delivery; Artificial Organs and Life Support Devices
  6. Environmental Biotechnology and Safety (55 chapters) – Industrial and Toxic Wastes; Municipal Wastes; Wastes from Agriculture, Forestry and Food Processing; Other Considerations
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Comprehensive Biophysics (new)

This year, we added Science Direct’s (Elsevier) Comprehensive Biophysics to our collection of online science and engineering reference works.

Comprehensive Biophysics provides definitive introductions to a broad array of topics, uniting different areas of biophysics research – from the physical techniques for studying macromolecular structure to protein folding, muscle and molecular motors, cell biophysics, bioenergetics and more. The result is this comprehensive scientific resource – a valuable tool both for helping researchers come to grips quickly with material from related biophysics fields outside their areas of expertise, and for reinforcing their existing knowledge.

Volumes and sample chapters:

  1. Biophysical Techniques for Structural Characterization of Macromolecules – X-Ray Crystallography: Crystallization; Solid State NMR Methods; Computation of Structure, Dynamics, and Thermodynamics of Proteins; Optical Spectroscopy; Fluorescence and FRET: Theoretical Concepts 101
  2. Biophysical Techniques for Characterization of Cells – Confocal Microscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy; Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy; The Basics and Potential of Single-Molecule Tracking in Cellular Biophysics
  3. The Folding of Proteins and Nucleic Acids – Energetics of Protein Folding; Chaperones and Protein Folding; Protein Switches; The Folding of Repeat Proteins; Effect of Protein Binding on RNA Folding
  4. Molecular Motors and Motility – Mechanical Properties of Actin Networks; Myosin Motors: Structural Aspects and Functionality; Spectroscopic Probes of Muscle Proteins; Kinesin Structure and Biochemistry; Viral DNA Packaging Motors
  5. Membranes – Biophysics of Membranes; Lipid Bilayer Structure; Atomic Force Microscopy and Electron Microscopy of Membrane Proteins; Membrane Recruitment of Signaling Domains; Biophysics of Membrane Fusion; Computer Simulation of Membrane Dynamics
  6. Channels – Gating Dynamics of the Potassium Channel Pore; Biophysics of TRP Channels; Biophysics of Ceramide Channels
  7. Cell Biophysics – Biophysics of Cell-Matrix Adhesion; Biophysics of Bacterial Cell Growth and Division; Biophysics of Nuclear Organization and Dynamics; Bacterial Organization in Space and Time
  8. Bioenergetics – Ion Electrochemical Gradients, Roles and Measurements; Electron Transfer Chains: Structures, Mechanisms and Energy Coupling; Light Capture in Photosynthesis; Structural and Mechanistic Aspects of Mitochondrial Transport Proteins
  9. Simulation and Modelling – New Technologies for Molecular Dynamics Simulations; G Protein Coupled Receptors; Molecular Electrostatics and Solvent Effects; Modeling of Interaction Networks in the Cell; Systems Immunology: A Primer for Biophysicists
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Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites (new)

This year, we added Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites to our collection of online science and engineering reference works.

The Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites, Second Edition presents over 265 new and revised articles addressing the new technological advances in properties, processing, formulation, design, analysis, evaluation, manufacture, testing, and reliability of composites.  The entire range of industrial applications of composites is covered.

Among the articles you’ll find:

  • Automotive Composites
  • Biodegradable Composites
  • Carbon Fiber: Properties, Testing, and Analysis
  • Electrical and Electronic Composites
  • Design with Composites
  • Helicopter Composite Materials Applications: Rotors
  • Marine Composites
  • Metal Matrix Composites: Design Methodology
  • Polymer-Clay Nanocomposites
  • Smart Structures
  • Spacecraft Structures: Development
  • Thermophysical and Thermal Expansion Properties
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Oxford University Press e-books for Math & Physics

More 2013 e-books from Oxford Scholarship Online are now available to UCSD. We have purchased a total of over 80 math e-books from Oxford University Press + over 210 physics e-books stretching back to publication year 2000.

Some of the newest titles include:

  • Concentration Inequalities: A Nonasymptotic Theory of Independence by Stéphane Boucheron, Gábor Lugosi, Pascal Massart

  • The Theory of Materials Failure by Richard M. Christensen

  • The Quantum Divide: Why Schrödinger’s Cat is Either Dead or Alive by Christopher C. Gerry and Kimberley M. Bruno

  • Einstein’s Physics: Atoms, Quanta, and Relativity – Derived, Explained, and Appraised by Ta-Pei Cheng

  • The Theory of Intermolecular Forces by Anthony Stone

We welcome purchase suggestions for electronic or print books – please contact your science subject specialists or fill out the purchase recommendation form.

For a list of physical science & engineering e-book collections that UCSD has purchased 0r licensed, see

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MIT Press E-Books Now Available Via IEEE Xplore

UCSD now has access to more than 450 ebook titles from MIT Press, available on the IEEE Xplore platform. This includes titles from the 1970’s through this year, plus a handful of pre-1970 titles. The purchase also includes 40 new titles published in 2013. These cover engineering topics for the most part, with an emphasis on computing, but there are also general math and engineering titles as well as books covering social aspects of computing and technology.  All these e-books are listed in the catalog, but here’s a sampling of recent titles you may now read online:

Purchase of this e-book collection was made possible through the funds provided from the following UCSD Library endowments:

  • Maryann and Don Lyle Collection Endowment for Engineering
  • Engineering 25th Anniversary Endowment
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SIO books now in Geisel Library

All the monographs from the SIO Library collection have been moved to the Geisel Library building. They are housed in a separate location in the East wing, 1st floor of Geisel (after the journals with LC call numbers Q-Z).

Eventually the books will be interfiled with the rest of the print collections in Geisel, the GC’s going to the 6th floor, with the Q-Z’s remaining on the 1st floor, East Wing.

If you are an SIO graduate student/faculty/staff, you may page books using Roger request.  Articles from print 0nly journals or other materials will be scanned and sent to you.  See for links and more information.

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New Engineering, Computer Science Lectures from Morgan & Claypool

New titles in Morgan & Claypool’s Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science  (and forthcoming titles).

The Synthesis Lectures are 50 to 100-page ebooks that synthesize topics of interest to students and researchers in computer science, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, general engineering, mathematics, communications, human-centered informatics, human languages, and information science.

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ACS Symposium Series (1950-2013) Now Available

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The UC Libraries recently purchased the ACS Symposium Series through 2013 (900+ books) and the older Advances in Chemistry series (250 books) from the American Chemical Society. The ACS Symposium Series volumes are peer-reviewed books developed from the ACS technical divisions’ symposia, now online integrated into the ACS Publications website. You can search the full text within a series or expand the search to include the ACS journals as well.  Chapters can be downloaded as PDFs, with an HTML version for books published since 2010. Both the ACS Symposium Series and Advances in Chemistry series are fully indexed in SciFinder.

The ACS Symposium Series covers topics in all chemical disciplines, including nanoscience, polymers, chemical education, renewable materials, agricultural and food chemistry, and environmental science. These selected 2012 volumes help represent the breadth of topics covered:

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