Doing your library research off-campus? Click here for more information about accessing electronic articles from off-campus.
If you need to find articles on your research topic, see Searching for Articles. If you've found an article citation but need to get the full text, read on!
Article databases often contain citations to articles, but not the full text.
To access the article's full text, click the button. From all Bioscience Library article databases, clicking on the UC-eLinks button will provide you with:
You can also browse the Bioscience Library's list of electronic journals to see if we have online access to a specific journal.
OskiCat or Melvyl will tell you:
Journals in the Bioscience Library may be shelved bound:
Recent issues (usually less than a year old) are generally unbound. In the Bioscience Library, unbound issues are shelved alphabetically by title near the front of the library. Bound journals are shelved in call number order in the stacks, along with books.
Floor plans of the library will show you where to look for a specific call number. The Bioscience Library has its floor plan online; you can find the same floor plan displayed at the circulation desk, the reference desk, and at several other locations throughout the library.
If you need to find out if we have the latest issue of a journal in print: To see what issues of a journal the Library has received,
Library of Congress call numbers organize the books in the Bioscience Library (and most other UC Berkeley libraries). Call numbers designate the major subject of a book and also serve as its "address" on the shelves.
To find call numbers: Use OskiCat or Melvyl.
Reading call numbers (these four examples are in the order they would appear on the shelf):
|Q||Q||QH||QH||Read this top part alphabetically (A, B, Q, QL, etc...)|
||1||303||303||Read this middle part as a whole number (1, 2, 3, etc...)|
|.15||.2||Read this part (if present) as a decimal number (0.22, 0.3, etc...)|
|.B47||.B6||.W67||.A47||Read the numerical part as a decimal number|
|2008||1996||1992||This part (if present) is the date of publication|
To check out materials: take them to the Circulation Desk. Your UC Berkeley photo ID card is your library card.
If you already have the information below...how do you find the whole article?
There are several ways of determining if the article you're looking for is available at Berkeley:
Option 1: Use Google Scholar to locate a citation for the article, and UC-eLinks to retrieve the full text.
In some cases, the quickest way to find an article you're looking for is to use Google Scholar. You can enter your search words (try the article title and author's name) in the basic search screen, or go to the Advanced Search Screen for more options. If you can find a record for your article in Google Scholar, you should see a UC-eLinks link or button, like this: or this: . Click on UC-eLinks to see your options for retrieving the full text (remember to set up the proxy server or VPN if you're off-campus).
Note: Google Scholar does not cover all scientific publishers, and many journals indexed by Google Scholar have partial coverage only (some years/volumes missing). Also, not all articles found through Google Scholar will be available online. If you can't find the full text of your article this way, read on for more options!
Option 2: Use an article database to locate a citation for the article, and UC-eLinks to retrieve the full text.
You can use an article database provided by the UC Berkeley Libraries (like BIOSIS, PubMed, Web of Science, etc.) to search for your article by author and article title.
Once you've found a record for your article in the database, you'll see the button, which allows you to see your options for accessing the full text of the article online or in print. In many cases, UC-eLinks will provide a direct link to the full text of the electronic version of the article:
Option 3: Look up the journal title in OskiCat or Melvyl
See Getting Articles in Print for more information on searching OskiCat and Melvyl; see Locating Call Numbers for more help with reading call numbers and locating them within the library.
When the journal title is abbreviated:
In most cases, you can just search OskiCat or Melvyl by entering the abbreviation exactly as you have it (select Title/Journal Title from the pulldown Search menu); you can also refer to a list of journal title abbreviations to get the full name of a journal. If you still can't figure out what the journal abbreviation stands for, contact the Bioscience Library reference desk.
Option 4: Go to the journal's website and browse its archives to find your article.
Use the Bioscience Libary's list of links to UCB-subscribed electronic journals -- be sure to search for the title of the journal, not the article title! Remember that not all journals are available online, and some journals have not put their complete archives online.
Not finding what you need? Contact a librarian!
Please visit us at the Reference Desk between 10-12 and 1-5 Monday-Friday, or call us at (510) 642-0456. Or, send us an email. We're here to help!
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