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Finding Books

Use a library catalog to find books, journals, magazines, government reports, maps, and other materials owned by the UCB libraries. You can also follow the links on our Electronic Books page, which will take you to Google Books, Open Library, and other electronic book resources categorized by subject. Library catalogs usually do not index the individual articles within magazines and journals.

Resource Coverage Unique Features

OskiCat Quick Guide (PDF)
Most UCB libraries
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  • Renew your books online
  • Find course reserves
  • Request checked out or offsite items
  • Restrict your search to a specific library, online items, or available items only.

Melvyl Guide
Most UCB libraries and many libraries worldwide, plus citations to selected articles
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  • Search libraries worldwide
  • Request items UCB doesn't own
  • Create and save lists and add tags to items
  • Automatically format citations
Electronic Books Links to Google Books, Open Library, and other electronic book resources categorized by subject.
  • Search the full text of relevant materials
  • Full text may be available online

Recommended reference books on toxicology include:

UCB Public Health Library: RA 1211.C586 1984, Reserve*
UCB Chemistry Library: RA 1211.C586 1984, Reference

UCB Public Health Library: RA 770.5.W56 1992, Reserve*

UCB Public Health Library: RA1193.R67 2002, Reserve*

*Note: The Public Health Library is scheduled to be closed September 13 - October 7, 2007. Reserve material will be available at the Education-Psychology Library in Tolman Hall, at the Circulation Desk.

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Finding Articles: PubMed

Search article databases to find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. These databases index articles published in selected journals and magazines, papers presented at conferences, and other sources. Most records include citations and abstracts with links to the full text of articles (when available). To access the full text, use the UC-eLinks button.

PUBMED ( 1947 - present
The major database for articles published in medical journals.  Use the URL above to see a customized version of PubMed that includes links to the University of California’s full text holdings.  PubMed also provides access to PubMed Bookshelf, a collection of full-text, electronic versions of major medical textbooks and reference books.
(Guide: HTML | PDF)

More PubMed help:

Tips for Finding Relevant MeSH Terms:

If your term or concept won't "map" to a MeSH term, try the following:

  1. Search for your term in the title field: yourterm[ti]. If the word is in the article title, a relevant MeSH term should be listed in the "Citation" display. Try this with several articles to get a list of likely MeSH terms.
    • Also use British spellings of title words, if necessary.
    • You can expand your title search to include words in the title and/or abstract: yourterm[tiab].
  2. When you find possible MeSH terms to use, look them up in the MeSH Browser. See where they appear on the Tree. Use broader or narrower terms, as seen on the Tree, if appropriate.
  3. If you have already found one great article on your topic, look up your article in PubMed (use Single Citation Matcher), and check to see which MeSH terms are used to index the article. Use those terms to search for other articles on the same topic.
  4. Remember the difference between the infection and the agent/organism causing it. For example, are you interested in HIV or HIV infections? Similarly, don't confuse a symptom with a disease:
    • Depression vs. Depressive Disorder
    And don't confuse a medical specialty with a disease, condition, or intervention:
    • Preventive Medicine vs. Preventive Health Services; Pulmonary Medicine vs. Lung Diseases
  5. Similarly, the MeSH heading "Epidemiology" is applied to articles focusing on epidemiology as a field of study. To restrict your search to the epidemiology of a specific disease or condition, use the MeSH term for the disease, followed by the subheading "epidemiology."
    • Example: type asthma/epidemiology into PubMed's search box to find articles on the epidemiology of asthma.
  6. Drugs and substances (chemicals) can be classified under several different broader headings or classes. When you find a drug or substance in MeSH, it is important to look at where it appears on the Tree(s). You may need to broaden or narrow your search to get the best article citations for your topic. For example, are you interested in DDT, or all chlorinated hydrocarbons? Items listed as a substance may also have relevant MeSH terms.
    • Example: ddt[mesh] OR alpha-chloro-DDT [Substance Name] OR DDT-dehydrochlorinase [Substance Name], etc.

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Finding Articles: Other Article Databases

See the "Development Studies" research guide from the UCB Library for further information and more resources.

ECONLIT 1969 - present
The most comprehensive index to scholarly journal articles in economics; also lists book chapters and dissertations.  Most citations include a searchable abstract.  Some full text is included.

All aspects of environmental issues; indexes articles, books, web sites, governmental reports, and conference proceedings. 

GEOGRAPHY 1990 - present
Indexes over 2000 journals, monographs, books, conference proceedings, and theses covering the international literature in physical and human geography, as well as international development issues. 

Indexes over 3000 journals, books, chapters, and book reviews in the fields of economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology from more than 100 countries.  Some full text is included.

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Electronic Books (UCB-only access)

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Chemical Information Resources

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Suggested Web Sites

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Managing Your References and Evaluating Your Sources


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