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Climate Change Resources at the UCSB Library: Finding Books

UCSB Library resources on climate change are interdisciplinary and align with the academic programs, research, and scholarly work of the campus.

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WorldCat Discovery @UCSB

WorldCat Discovery @UCSB is a way to find books and other materials located in libraries outside the UC System. 

Reference Sources

Subject Headings and Call Numbers for Climate Change

Books on climate change are shelved by their Library of Congress (LC) Subject Classification.  Important call numbers for climate change studies include:

  • QC 993.5
  • QC 981 .C55
  • QC 903
  • BF 353.5 .C55  (psychology of climate change)

Note that books on the effects of climate change on specific topics (e.g. transportation, the military) may be shelved in other areas. Also, many of the newer books on this topic are electronic books, which will not be found on the shelves, and many of which do not have assigned call numbers/

To find books (including e-books) most effectively, search UC Library Search. Library catalogers assign Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) to create standard terms for searching.  Among the useful LC subject headings for climate change are:

  • Climate change
  • Climatic changes
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Global environmental changes
  • Global temperature changes
  • Global warming
  • Greenhouse effect, Atmospheric
  • Greenhouse gases

Note that both the UCSB Library Search and the Melvyl Catalog (as well as many other databases) allow you to use the asterisk, *, to search for all terms beginning with a strong of letters. For example:

  • Searching climat* finds books with climate, climates, climatic.
  • Searching chang* finds books with change, changes, changing
  • Searching atmos* finds books with atmosphere, atmospheres, atmospheric

E-Book Collections

The UCSB Library provides access to a number of collections of electronic books.  Books within each collection are searchable, and you may retrieve idividual chapters as well as entire books.


A Selection of Recent Online Books (UCSB only)

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