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Online Master of Education

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Find Books at USD

Search our Catalog for books, videos, and other items.



Once you have an item's call number, see our floor plans to find out where it's located in the library.

If a book is not available at USD there are two options:

  1. Circuit 
    his is a combined catalog for USD, SDSU, UCSD, CSU San Marcos and San Diego County Public Libraries. If you find the book you need in the Circuit you can simply make an online request and have the book delivered to USD.
  2.  Interlibrary Loan
    If a book is not available through the Circuit, or if USD does not have access to a particular article, you can make an interlibrary loan request. ILLiad is the electronic system you use to request an item through Interlibrary Loan. To make a request, simply log in with your MySanDiego username and password.

Formulate a Search Strategy

Developing a search query

Your search query should be more specific than EDUCATION and less specific than "Flipping 1st Grade Mathematics Arithmetic Lesson for Visually Impaired Students in New York Public Schools"


  • What is your topic? Search for your topic using key terms. STEAM Education
  • What aspect do you want to know about? Add an additional term to focus your search. Students with Disabilities
  • What time period, geographical region, or people group are you looking for? Consider adding additional search terms and use database limiters to narrow results.


  • Do NOT type sentences in the database search box
  • Use concrete terms
  • The databases may use different terminology than your field
  • Experiment! There is not one perfect search


Boolean operators form the basis of mathematical sets and database logic.

They connect your search words together to either narrow or broaden your set of results

The three basic boolean operators are: AND, OR, and NOT


  •    will narrow your results
  •    tell the databases that ALL search terms must be in the results
  •    example (Art Education) AND (Teaching Methods)


  •    will broaden your results, telling the database that ANY of your search terms can be present in the results
  •    connect two or more similar terms (synonyms)
  •    example Elementary OR Primary


  •    exclude words from your search
  •    narrow your search
  •    (Elementary Education) NOT Kindergarten