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UC Library Search is a tool that you can use to find books, articles, media, and more. This page tells you how to do simple and advanced searches, sign into your library account, and request items from other libraries if we do not have them readily available. If you have any questions Ask a Librarian for help!
Finding Books at UC and Beyond
Search the Melvyl catalog for materials in other UC Libraries and libraries worldwide.
UCSB Library Search tools
Start with your search with Keywords
- Keyword searching uses your vocabulary - words that you think best represent your topic. A keyword search looks for matches between your words and words in the titles, tables of content, subject headings (etc.) of books in the library catalog.
- Think of the different words a person writing on your topic might use to talk about your topic. For example, the concept of children might be expressed using the words children or adolescents or boys or girls. Enter these words on one line of your search screen, separated by the word OR:
- Line 1 (Keyword): children OR adolescents OR boys OR girls
- Consider using the UCSB Library Catalog Advanced Search for complex searches. Break your topic into its component facets and search for each facet on a separate line of the Advanced Search screen. For example, if you are looking for information about "how viewing violence on television affects children," you might enter the following:
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