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Researching San Francisco: Finding books

This guide offers some ideas on where to find information on San Francisco. Some of them are general research tips, but many are specific to San Francisco.

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Do you have a book on . . .?

Many of you are studying a very specific place or historical moment. There many be a book about that place or time, however it is more likely that you find information within books about a larger topic. Check out the collections linked below to find books.

In the UHS library

Finding physical books

You will find more books in the following libraries:

 

Link+ (available through San Francisco and Marin libraries) Lets you borrow books from other libraries including college libraries. You need to have a library card through SFPL or Marin Public and know your PIN to request books. Books usually arrive within a week. You can keep them for 3 weeks with one 3 week renewal. Overdue books cost $1/day.

Finding eBooks

  • QuestiaSchool (Username: Your full school email address including @sfuhs.org Password: sfuhs) Has full text books and academic articles! It is really helpful to make a project folder and save what you find to that folder so you don’t have to redo your search each time. There is a special section on San Francisco History.

  • OpenLibrary Has full-text books that you can read online or check out. To check out you need to create a free account.

  • GoogleBooks is good for out of print books and for previewing books that you think might be useful. The most useful ways to use GoogleBooks preview is to see if you can look at the table of contents or the index and to use the search within this book function using your keywords.

  • SFPL has several eBook collections. They may not be research oriented, but it's worth taking a look. You will need your library card number and PIN to access.