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Engineering 190W - Summer 2021 - Foresta Section: Conducting Research


New UC Library Search

Searching UC Library Search will allow you to find books and resources in all formats at UCI and across all UC Libraries.  You may retrieve items we don’t have at UCI.  To find resources outside UC libraries in all formats you will search UC Library Search- Worldcat.  For more information on searching the new interface, please visit


Additional UC Library Search features the following enhancements: Use the left sidebar to refine your results and select:
  • Search your home campus library collection as well as the collections of all 10 UC libraries in the same system;
  • Locate the full text of millions of print and online books, journal articles, and other content
  • Borrow and renew materials from any library in the UC system without retyping your library card number
  • Advanced Search is a keyword search, same as “Basic.” It provides more options and ways to control what you are searching and what your results will be.
  • Browse searching, or left-anchored searching, searches ONLY THE CATALOG and is only available from the Browse link in the headers.
  • Sort by – to choose output – relevance is the default but you can choose most date-newest, date-oldest, title, author
  • Show Only – for online access, peer-reviewed journals, OA content, Print materials
  • Resource Type – not everything in any category but allows you to choose
  • Location – corresponds to print holdings
  • Publication Date – enter the years of publication you want covered
  • Language – select languages in which you can read
  • UC Libraries – to restrict to local holdings


Getting Started

There are Subject Guides that may be helpful to consult - there is one corresponding to each academic department in the Samueli School of Engineering and the Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences and for all other academic units and subject areas such as Biology or Medicine or Environmental Sciences prepared by other librarians.  These may provide more relevant and advanced content. 

This quarter you will be depending most heavily on digital or eContent. 

Finding Books and eBooks

FINDING BOOKS and EBOOKS:  UC Library Search is the UCI Library's new discovery system and you will have access to the library's holdings for books and eBooks via the Library Catalog function but also be able to retrieve some articles and other resources.  This does NOT replace the use of databases or other indexing and abstracting tools. 

  • Library of Congress Subject Headings – the authority that offers the structured vocabulary for relevant output for searching Library Search by Subject Headings. Keyword searching may retrieve more output but may not be as relevant. Keyword also searches the author, title, source fields and elements in an abstract when searching in a database, as well as the Subject Headings.  One easy way to establish the Subject Headings is to search Library Search catalog  by Subject (use pull-down tabs) and then when you find a relevant book, scroll down to the list of subject headings and click on one of them and other books in the collection will be retrieved.  UCI holdings by call number correspond to this library floor plan for the Science Library and Langson Library.  Corresponding classification schemes mapped to call numbers are found in this outline. 

E-Books - there are an increasing number of eBooks to which you have access. Those which are licensed by UCI are all listed in UC Library Search and by individual title There are many collections of such resources and the collections can be searched collectively.

As a digital repository for the nation’s great research libraries, HathiTrust brings together the immense collections of partner institutions ... HathiTrust membership currently includes the University of California system. In response to COVID-19 content is available from member institutions' libraries for digitized content of titles still in copyright for a limited time. Will end on Sept 10.

A virtual book club that will engage and inspire people to connect with the outdoors.

Liaison Librarian

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Julia Gelfand
Office: Science Library 228

Phone: 949-824-4971