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ES 206: Instrumental and Spectroscopic Methods in Environmental Systems (O'Day)

Access Library Resources from Off Campus (VPN)

VPN software allows you to connect to the library's online articles and eBooks from off campus.

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General Search Tips

Accessing EPA Reports

  • Go to US EPA Online Library
  • Enter Keywords, e.g. "vernal pool"
  • Click Search
  • If no link to the article/report is available, copy the article/report title, e.g. "Field guide to the vernal pools of Mather Field, Sacramento County"
  • Paste the title into the Melvyl search box
  • If not available at UC Merced, click article title
  • Click Request to ILL the item.

Strategies for Locating Articles Using Citations

Known Citation (Complete information)

1) Favorite short cut -->  Try searching for the article title in Google Scholar.

2) Search for the journal title in the eJournal finder.

3) Seach for the journal title OR the article title in Melvyl.


Spotty Citation (About the Article)

Look for specific information such as author(s), journal in which the study was published, date of publication, unique words to describe the subject area.

  • If the journal name is given, use the eJournal finder to locate the journal. 
    • Note: This will only locate journals to which the UC Merced Library subscribes.
  • If the author and/or other topic information is given, trying searching a database using those terms. e.g. Google Scholar, Melvyl (catalog), or Web of Science.