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How to Use the Library Search Tool

View a Record

After clicking on a search result, you can use the left menu to navigate to different areas in the record. The SEND TO menu to provides options for linking, formatting, printing and more.

Search Full Record menus


Find Books & E-Books

To limit your search to Books:

Search for books

To limit your search to E-Books:

  • Select the additional limit "Show Only: Available online"

Find ebooks

Important: Be Sure to Sign In

Signing in via the campus VPN or Proxy* will allow you to:

  • Renew books and videos
  • Create favorites lists
  • Export citations to Endnote, Bibtex, and RIS
  • View full search results. (Some databases, only show results when you're signed in.)

See "Library Account Access" for Sign In help

*See "Access Library Resources from On-Campus and Off-campus" for help setting up Off Campus Access options.

Select a Search Scope

Search allows you to select which of the library's collections you'd like to search via a drop down menu in the search box

Search facets

The UCSC Library Catalog plus scholarly materials including books, journals, articles, newspapers, images, and more. 

Library Catalog:
Books and more at the UCSC library.

Online articles to which the UCSC Library subscribes.

Course Reserves:
Items which are on reserve by course name, course number, or instructor.

Special Collections & Archives

Find Articles with Full Text

You can use Library Search to locate articles on your topic.

As you type in your search topic, select the Scope for Articles 

Search scope articles