Summertime and the reading is easy

You can walk down library walk without almost getting hit by a bike. You can get lunch at the Price Center without having to wait in line. You can find a seat on the shuttle. It’s officially summertime at UC San Diego! And while we miss the hustle and bustle of students and the Farmer’s Market, hopefully things have slowed down in your neck of the woods, so you have a little extra time for some fun reading!

The UC San Diego Library collects fiction/memoir/travel/etc books, but they’re kept in call number order by subject.  This post will help you find the “fun” literature in our collections!

If you like browsing/scanning shelves, you have a few options:

  • New Books shelves
    Look for these shelves near service desks in many of our libraries.  They have the most recent books added to our collections. Ask at the Information Desk if you need help finding them.
  • Wander around the 7th Floor in Geisel, pick a row, close your eyes, reach out a select a book! Most literature/fiction is shelved in the P call numbers. If you want to hedge your bets, head to PS659 .B472  before closing your eyes and selecting a book!


The other way to find “fun” books is to review reading lists/websites, and then look up a specific book or author in the catalog (  The catalog will tell you if we have the book, its location and status (available or checked out).


If we don’t have the book or if it’s checked out, you can request a copy through:



Here are some webpages to help you find your next book!

If you need help at any time, Ask a Librarian!

How do you find your next book to read? If you have any suggestions, leave them in the comments! :)

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Errors in the 6th edition, First Printing of the Publication Manual of the APA

Errors in the 6th edition, First Printing of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

The UCSD Social Sciences & Humanities Library was recently informed that the First Printing of the Publication Manual of the APA contains numerous errors. The copies of the First Printing edition housed in SSHL have been labeled to inform our patrons about this. We have also RUSH ordered copies of the Second Printing, which does not contain the errors.

We realize there are many students, faculty and staff on campus who use the APA publication manual, hence this notice. Should you own copies of the First Printing and/or are requiring your students to use the APA publication manual during the next few weeks of the quarter, please inform your students. The Libraries have also notified the UCSD Bookstore of the errors contained in the First Printing.

For a listing of the errors, please refer to the APA’s list of “Corrections to First Printing (July 2009)”
There is also a listing of the Sample Papers, and the Supplemental Materials.

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Tweet! Tweet!

The Social Sciences & Humanities Library (SSHL) has joined the Biomedical Library, and the Science & Engineering Library in using Twitter.

In case you don’t know, Twitter is a “microblogging” service that lets you post, share and read very short updates (“tweets”) with your friends and other people and groups of interest. The Libraries are using Twitter as another way to announce new resources, events, displays, etc.

Check out what’s new and what’s happening at!

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More JTMWINTK! Workshops this month

You asked for it-now you’ve got it: more Just Tell Me What I Need To Know! workshops will be held this month.

How do I find my text book in the Library? How can I get specialized research help from a Librarian? Can I eat and drink in the Library? How do I get full text journal articles? Where can I study? This workshop will answer all of these questions and more! Come learn 10 things about the UCSD Libraries to be sure you are making the most of your time and taking advantage of all of our great services!

Location: Geisel Library, Library Classroom 1
Monday, September 21, 10am or 2pm
Tuesday, September 22, 12pm or 3pm
Wednesday, September 23, 9am or 12pm
Thursday, September 24, 11am or 12pm

October 1 (Thurs), 12:15-12:45 pm
October 14 (Wed), 3-3:30 pm
October 27 (Tues), 10-10:30 am
November 10 (Tues), 1-1:30 pm
November 12 (Thurs), 1-1:30 pm

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Mysteries of the Geisel Library Uncovered!

Take a tour of the Geisel Library and uncover some of the best places to study, relax, and get work done. You’ll also get tips on how to use the library and the library’s website to optimize your research & study experiences. After the tour, take a break, enjoy some refreshments, mingle, and enter to win an iPod!

Location: Geisel Library, Main Entrance
Dates/Times: Monday, September 21, 11-12:00 or 1-2:00 or 2-3:00 or 3-4:00pm
Tuesday, September 22, 11-12:00 or 1-2:00 or 2-3:00 or 3-4:00pm
Wednesday, September 23, 11-12:00 or 1-2:00 or 3-4:00pm
Thursday, September 24, 11-12:00 or 1-2:00 or 3-4:00pm

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All about Green!

The Social Sciences & Humanities Library (SSHL) honors Earth Week-

Got water?
After three years of a California drought, with mandatory water rationing anticipated for this summer, thinking globally and acting locally has never been more important—or easier. Simple changes in everyday habits can conserve gallons of water a day.

Come to the SSHL Reference Area to check out a display on California’s water sponsored by UCSD’s Social Science & Humanities Library and the San Diego County Water Authority. Explore the colorful history of water in California and learn what you can do today to conserve this precious resource.

While you’re in the Reference Area, check out our display on books about environmental issues, along with a model solar house, on loan as part of UCSD’s Sustainability Initiative, and the Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project.

And don’t forget to leave your mark! SSHL wants to know your thoughts on Earth Week, the environment, and our campus wide sustainability initiative. Use the materials provided to make your mark on our Earth Week Graffiti Wall.


CLICS is open 24/7 until 3/20

Need a place to study after Geisel Library closes? CLICS is open 24/7 starting today until Friday, March 20th. Take a look at all of the libraries’ hours here.

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Going Green!

The Geisel library currently provides bags to patrons checking out multiple items at the Circulation Desk. Although sturdy and water-resistant, the bags are costly and are not biodegradable. To support the Libraries’ and campus’ efforts to ‘go green’ we encourage patrons to utilize their own bags or backpacks for carrying books to and from the library. We will still supply bags to those requesting them, but we encourage patrons to reuse the bags as much as possible and/or return them to the library for reuse.

Thank you for your support of this initiative!

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Just Tell Me What I Need To Know

Learn the Top 10 thinks you need to know about the UCSD Libraries, like:
• Where to start your research
• How to get full-text journals online
• The best places for you to study on campus
One student recently commented, “This session was awesome. Every UCSD student should take the time to learn about what the library offers.”

No registration is required – just show up!

@ Geisel Library
• Jan 6 (Tues): 9-10 & 2-3 & 3-4
• Jan 7 (Wed): 11-12 Noon
• Jan 8 (Thurs): 9-10 & 10-11
• Jan 9 (Fri): 10-11 & 11-12 Noon

@ Biomedical Library (at Gilman and Osler)
• Jan 14 (Wed): 12:15-1
• Jan 15 (Thurs): 12:45-1:30
• Jan 16 (Fri): 10-10:45
• Jan 20 (Tues): 12:45-1:30
• Jan 21 (Wed): 12:15-1

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Winter Quarter RefWorks Classes

Learn how to use RefWorks to organize your references and instantly format your research papers, articles, and other publications using APA, MLA and hundreds of other writing styles. The ninety minute sessions will cover creating a RefWorks account, an introduction to RefWorks’ interface and help resources, 3 different ways to import references from databases/catalog into RefWorks, managing those references, creating a bibliography, and using Write-N-Cite to insert and format references in your paper.

To register for classes available in January and February, visit Classes are offered in both Geisel and Biomedical Library buildings.

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