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Immigration Resources: Reference Materials

Why Use Reference Materials?

Reference materials include encyclopedias and dictionaries and give an overview of a topic to give you ideas, definitions, or lines of research to follow.

How Do I Do Advanced Searching?

Need a reference book from City's collection? Doing an Advanced Search in the library catalog will allow you to refine your search to a specific campus (City), collection (Reference), and format (print or electronic).    

Off-Campus Access

When you click on a database link or an e-book, you will be prompted for your CSID number and last name.

Put in your last name exactly the way you registered for classes.

To log in, you must be taking at least one City College course during the current semester, and have fully paid your tuition and fees.

Faculty and staff:

  • Faculty: If you are not currently teaching, or if you have problems with your login, please contact
  • Staff: Request a login by emailing

Find Reference Materials in SDCCD Books+

Click the SDCCD Books + tab below to find reference books and tertiary sources in San Diego City College Library. We have over 4,500 books in our Reference Collection, located on the second floor. We also have electronic reference collections on our A-Z databases page


Can't find it here? Try another library.

Reference Sources in the Spotlight!

Reference sources come in print and electronic formats. Here are some examples from our collection; click the links below to check on their availability.

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