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UC Library Search is the best tool for determining what is available through our library and the other libraries of the University of California. However, it should not be the only tool that you use in your research. Use UC Library Search for books and book chapters. For article records discovered through UC Library Search, click through to the site with the full text before you add the record. In most cases the PDF will be automatically downloaded and attached to the record in your library.
WorldCat can also be a good tool for book records, especially those that you have to request through Interlibrary Loan. For article records discovered through WorldCat, click through to the site with the full text before you add the record. In most cases the PDF will be automatically downloaded and attached to the record in your library.
Use our subject guides to find databases related to your discipline.
Your subject librarian can help you identify the best databases for your subject area and research topic. We recommend that you make an appointment with a librarian to learn more about the specialized research tools available to you through the UCSB Library.
Use Google Scholar as a quick shortcut to get to article records. Follow the title link or use the "Get it at UC" link to go to the source database. Downloading from the article source will give you both the record and the attached PDF (when available).
You can also use Google Scholar to create records from scratch if there are no links available. Use the "Cite" link below the record to bring up citations for the item. Create a blank record in your library, then copy and paste the citation information into the record.
If the full text of the PDF does not download and attach when you import the record into Zotero, you can manually save the PDF and then attach it yourself. If you receive an article through Interlibrary Loan or scan a book chapter, you can also attach it to the record in Zotero. This makes it really convenient to find files, especially once you have accumulated a large number of citations for your library.
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TIP: It is often better to add records that have the full text linked. Try "Get it at UC" and see if you can do that.
Tip: See the steps below the link.
Step 1: Click on the folder icon and select a few items to import into your Zotero library.
Step 2: Download records for the article "Digestive tract morphology and digestion in the wombats (Marsupialia: Vombatidae)"
Try these three different methods and download records from each path:
Don't Forget to Clean Up Your Library!
After the workshop, you can easily find and delete the sample records from your library. Just search on the word "wombat".