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.

Memorial Weekend Hours

Memorial Day weekend hours for Science & Engineering Library in Geisel building are:

  • Saturday & Sunday 10 am to 5:45 pm
  • Monday   12 Noon – Midnight
    (note: The Biomedical Library is closed on Memorial Day.)
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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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BrowZine Trial – Browse journals on your iPad

Have an iPad?  Help the Library evaluate a new research tool that is being considered for possible subscription.

The UC Libraries have set up a trial for BrowZine, an iPad app that lets you create a “bookshelf” of your favorite journals. Browse tables of contents, read articles, and send to EndNote, Zotero, Dropbox or whatever app you use to organize and manage your papers.

If you want to give it a test spin, search for “BrowZine” in the App Store and download the app for free; when initially launching BrowZine, select UC San Diego from the drop down list.

  • This trial ends April 30, 2013.
  • We would appreciate your feedback while we consider subscribing to this service.  After trying BrowZine, please fill out this short survey.

More information about BrowZine:

  • Introductory video
  • Included and soon-to-be included publishers
  • Recent review in Chronicle of Higher Education, with iPad screencaps of BrowZine in action
  • The CDL page about the trial, with a list of known issues

Tour the S&E Library during Welcome Week

The Library is the best resource in your academic toolkit for getting an assignment or class project going in the right direction.  Come in for a tour and learn where to find books, computers, printers, study areas, friendly help and much more.  Stay for refreshments and conversation at the end of the tour.

Wednesday, September 26, 11:00-11:30 am OR 2:00-2:30 pm

No need to register in advance.

Meet at the entrance to the Science & Engineering Library (East Wing of the Geisel Library.)

Contact Susan Shepherd ( for more information.


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Loan Rule Changes: Get More Time with Your Books

As a result of library collections and service consolidations, the UC San Diego Library has reviewed loan periods in order to harmonize them across collections and to accommodate changes in user needs. For academics and students, this means you will have longer checkout periods for books.

For Geisel Library (including the Science & Engineering collection) and Annex materials, the following changes to loan periods will go into effect August 28, 2012:

  • Circulating Books
    • UC Academics: 1 year
    • UC Graduate Students: 1 year
    • UC Undergraduates: 90 days
    • UC Staff: 90 days
  • Circulating Bound Journals
    • Everyone: 1 week
  • Renewals
    • Everyone: 6 renewals

The S&E Popular Science Collection will continue with 4-week checkout periods for everyone. The checkout periods for the Biomedical Library will remain the same (28 days for all users, library use only for bound journals), but you will also get 6 renewals on their circulating books as well.

If you have any questions or comments about this new policy, please contact Jason Schulz, Circulation Services Manager, at or 858-822-0206 or Catherine Friedman, Associate University Librarian, at or 858-534-1278.

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S&E Collections Consolidation Update

From Martha Hruska, Associate University Librarian for Collection Services

While we had proposed the possibility of moving some of our science collections, we have decided that what makes the most sense at this juncture and for the next year, at least, is to keep the Engineering and Physical Sciences collections in the Geisel Library building. The Biomedical Library building will continue to house the high-use collections that support the Division of Biological Sciences, School of Medicine, and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy. This will give us time to construct, deploy, and gain experience with the new compact shelving in Geisel.

Next spring, after compact shelving has been mounted in Geisel Library to accommodate the Scripps Library collections, the Scripps Oceanographic and Physical Sciences materials will be consolidated into the Geisel Library collections, which reflects the wishes of the Scripps community.  [source]

Thank you to everyone who sent feedback. We continue to welcome all comments (concerns, questions, etc.)

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Collections Consolidation Update, Impact on S&E Collections

As many of you are aware, the UCSD Libraries are consolidating collections as we reduce the number of buildings and plan how we can best utilize the Geisel and Biomedical Library spaces.  To summarize: As a result of budget cuts and the consolidations that have accompanied them, the Libraries are transitioning from a discipline-based and decentralized structure to a comprehensive library in two locations that offers a suite of services across its facilities.  The Associate University Librarian for Collections has posted an update on the progress made and the proposed plans going forward:

Of special note:

Q.  What about the Science & Engineering Library?  Where will those materials reside?
A.  Our current plans call for the physics and chemistry resources to be integrated in the Biomedical Library building, where they will complement the existing life sciences collections in that facility, sometime in 2013.  This includes the current periodicals and books. Those materials in engineering and mathematical sciences will continue to be housed in the Geisel Library building, where they will remain in close proximity to the Jacobs School of Engineering.  This decision is not final, however, and we encourage feedback from affected faculty to ensure that our decision about the location of the collections best meets the needs of the campus community. (Pre-2000 print journals will be stored offsite at the Annex. We will continue to scan articles on demand.)

Your feedback on this is critical. If you have questions, concerns or comments, you can contact your liaison librarian directly or use the form on the webpage. We’ll compile all feedback received between now and the end of the academic year, when the final decisions on the collection dispositions will be made.

  • Teri Vogel:
    Chemistry & Biochemistry, Materials Science, Chemical & Nanoengineering
  • Deborah Kegel:
    Physics, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
  • David Schmitt:
    Bioengineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Structural Engineering
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PLUS alternatives

PLUS Information Services has been discontinued. Former PLUS customers should consult this list of commercial document delivery services:

ASAP Information Services at UC Irvine provides articles and books from UC Irvine’s collections. UCLA’s article delivery service provides articles from items held at UCLA Libraries including SRLF. For loans of books from UC libraries, please use your local public or corporate library.

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Having trouble finding books, journals in S&E?

This summer, we are reducing S&E’s on-campus book and journal collection by moving selected materials offsite if they are: lesser-used, available online, or if enough copies are already held in the UC system. This project will also free up needed space as the Libraries reorganize and consolidate the collections in the Geisel building, including the ones being relocated here because of branch closures. 

As these items are moved, it will take a while for the information in the library catalogs (Roger and Melvyl) to be updated.

If you need S&E Annex books with a Roger or Melvyl status of unavailable, or S&E books with a Roger or Melvyl status of withdrawn:

  • Request a copy from another library, using either Circuit (from another San Diego universities) or Melvyl (from another UC library). You’ll see links for both to the right on the page for that book’s catalog record.

If you need an article from a journal that should be on the shelf, but most or all of the volumes are gone:

And if you have trouble finding the books or journals you need, please come to the S&E Service Desk or call [858] 534-3258 for assistance.

Comments and suggestions? Contact Mary Linn Bergstrom, Head, Science & Engineering Library: [858] 534-1214 or

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