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Getting Started Guide

Things to Do First

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.

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. 


Already know what you are looking for? Launch databases from the library website for full features. 

Use Get it at UC

Use the Get it at UC button 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

Circulating books - Tower, Floors 1, 4-8

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, newspapers, government documents, microforms, CD-roms, new books and most reference materials, and maps - 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

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

Special Collections & Archives

Housing a wide range of primary resources, Special Collections & Archives include rare books, manuscripts, periodicals, maps, photographs, artworks, films, sound recordings, archives, and digital files curated to support UC San Diego research interests.

Digital Collections

Our Digital Collections host a range of documents, images, audio, video, and data sets collected, managed and preserved by the Library.

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.

Interlibrary Loan

The Interlibrary Loan system allows UC San Diego students, faculty, and staff may request materials that are not available at the Library.


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. 

Course Reserves

Access online course reserve materials, find call number and location for other formats, or place materials on reserve: 

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.

Data Services

Assists with identifying, locating and acquiring data in all formats. Data Services 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.

Data and GIS Lab

At the 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.

Scholarly Communication and Open Access

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