How to Submit BAKER Requests via the Melvyl Catalog

These instructions are designed to help eligible DSP patrons request electronic copies of articles and book chapters using the Melvyl catalog.

For more information about aspects of the request forms, see Additional Resources for Submiting BAKER Requests.

In Melvyl, you may find records based on the article title or the publication title in which the article or chapter appears. Below are examples of each of these, and the steps to follow submitting a request.

IMPORTANT: You will need your MyOskiCat PIN to request articles through Melvyl. If you do not know your PIN, please go to the New PIN or PIN Reset Request page to reset it.

  1. Request an article using an article record
  2. EXAMPLE: "Linked Data for libraries: Benefits of a conceptual shift from library-specific record structures to RDF-based data models" by Alemu G.; Stevens B.; Ross P.; Chandler J. New Library World, v113 n11 (2012 01 01): 549-570.

    1. Go to the Melvyl Catalog.

    2. Find the record for the article title.

      In this case, search for “Linked Data for libraries: Benefits of a conceptual shift from library-specific record structures to RDF-based data models”.

    3. Click on the "UC-eLinks" button.

      The page will load with the citation of the article displayed at the top and several options below.

      Click on the link(s) under "Get It Online From" to see if an electronic copy of the article is available for direct download. If so, use SensusAccess to make the document accessible.

      If no electronic copy of the article is available for direct download, click on "Request this from another library, or from the campus document delivery service" link.

    4. Complete the Request form.

      A new page will open with the following fields available

      • Your Library Card Number is the same number on your UC Berkeley ID card (Cal 1 Card).
      • Input your MyOskiCat PIN for the "PIN" field. If you do not know your MyOskiCat PIN, please go to the New PIN or PIN Reset Request page to reset it.
      • This is important! Select "UCB Baker Service" in the dropdown menu, for "Deliver my Request to" option to ensure BAKER can process your request.
      • Indicate if you need the article or chapter within a certain time frame by selecting the appropriate option in the "I will no longer need the item(s) after" drop-down menu.
      • Use the "Notes" field to provide any additional information or clarification.

    5. Click the "Continue" button

      A new page will load with the citation of the article.

    6. Confirm the citation of the article and click on the "Process my Request now" button.
    7. A window will open which will display your request and offer the option of receiving a confirmation email. If you'd like a confirmation email, input your email address in the field provided and click the "Mail" button.

      Note: The requested article will be delivered to the email address listed in your MyOskiCat account and CalNet Directory. The email address you provide here is the address to which the confirmation email will be delivered, not the article requested.

    8. Then click on the "Close Window" button, to complete the transaction.

      You will receive updates on the status of your request from .


  3. Request an article using a publication record
  4. A publication record can be for a monograph, journal, conference proceedings, etc.

    EXAMPLE: "Linked Data for libraries: Benefits of a conceptual shift from library-specific record structures to RDF-based data models" by Alemu G.; Stevens B.; Ross P.; Chandler J. New Library World, v113 n11 (2012 01 01): 549-570.

    1. Go to the Melvyl Catalog.

    2. Find the record for the publication title.

      In this case, search for the journal “New Library World”. You can also search for the title of monographs, conference proceedings, etc.

      If UC Berkeley owns the item and it is AVAILABLE, please go to the OskiCat catalog and follow the instructions for Submitting requests through the OskiCat Catalog.

    3. Click on the "Request" button.

      You want to click on the "Request" button pertaining to the University of California Libraries first, if the publication title is available at other UCs. If not, click on the "Request" button in the WorldCat section.

      The page will load to display the Request form.

    4. Complete the Request form.

      • Your Library Card Number is the same number on your UC Berkeley ID card (Cal 1 Card).
      • Input your MyOskiCat PIN for the "PIN" field. If you do not know your MyOskiCat PIN, please go to the New PIN or PIN Reset Request page to reset it.
      • This is important! Select "UCB Baker Service" in the dropdown menu, for "Deliver my Request to" option to ensure BAKER can process your request.
      • Indicate if you need the article or chapter within a certain time frame by selecting the appropriate option in the "I will no longer need the item(s) after" drop-down menu.
      • Use the "Notes" field to provide any additional information or clarification.

    5. Click the "Continue" button.

      The page will load with the citation of publication title.

    6. Confirm the citation of the publication title and click on the "Process my Request now" button.
    7. The page will load with three options:

      • Skip this journal and continue with the remaining items in Request.
      • Continue with my Request and go to the Citation Linker form now.
      • Cancel your Request for this and any remaining items.

    8. Select the second option by clicking on the "Continue" button for "Continue with my Request and go to the Citation Linker form now".

      The Citation Linker form will load.

    9. Complete the Citation Linker form.

      Provide as much information about the article as you can in the fields available.

    10. Verify that the information you have provided is accurate and click the "Continue" button.
    11. The page will load with three options:

      • Skip this item and continue with any remaining items in your Request.
      • Continue your Request for this item and any remaining items in your Request.
      • Cancel your Request for this and any remaining items

    12. Click on the next "Continue" button for "Continue your Request for this item and any remaining items in your Request" and your request will be submitted.
    13. A window will open which will display your request and offer the option of receiving a confirmation email. If you'd like a confirmation email, input your email address in the field provided and click the "Mail" button.

      Note: The requested article will be delivered to the email address listed in your MyOskiCat account and CalNet Directory. The email address you provide here is the email address to which the confirmation email will be delivered.

    14. Then click on the "Close Window" button, to complete the transaction.

      You will receive updates on the status of your request from .


  5. Request a chapter using a publication record
  6. EXAMPLE: Ndichu, R. W. “Eijuga Nyonza Famine Debacle (1490-1550 AD).” The most devastating Famines in East Africa in the last 1700 years. Nairobi, 2009. 110-119.

    1. Go to the Melvyl Catalog.

    2. Find the record for the publication title.

      In this case, search for the book “The most devastating Famines in East Africa in the last 1700 years”. You can also search for the title of monographs, conference proceedings, etc.

      If UC Berkeley owns the item and it is AVAILABLE, please go to the OskiCat catalog and follow the instructions for Submitting requests through the OskiCat Catalog.

    3. Click on the "Request" button.

      You want to click on the "Request" button pertaining to the University of California Libraries first, if the publication title is available at other UCs. If not, click on the "Request" button in the WorldCat section.

      The page will load to display the Request form.

    4. Complete the Request form.

      • Your Library Card Number is the same number on your UC Berkeley ID card (Cal 1 Card).
      • Input your MyOskiCat PIN for the "PIN" field. If you do not know your MyOskiCat PIN, please go to the New PIN or PIN Reset Request page to reset it.
      • This is important! Select "UCB Baker Service" in the dropdown menu, for "Deliver my Request to" option to ensure BAKER can process your request.
      • Indicate if you need the article or chapter within a certain time frame by selecting the appropriate option in the "I will no longer need the item(s) after" drop-down menu.
      • Use the "Notes" field to provide any additional information or clarification.


    5. Click the "Continue" button.

      The page will load with the citation of publication title.

    6. Confirm the citation of the publication title and click on the "Process my Request now" button.
    7. The page will now display your request and offer the option of receiving a confirmation email. If you'd like a confirmation email, input your email address in the field provided and click the "Mail" button.

      Note: The requested article will be delivered to the email address listed in your MyOskiCat account and CalNet Directory. The email address you provide here is the address to which the confirmation email will be delivered, not the article requested.

    8. Then click on the "Close Window" button, to complete the transaction

      You will receive updates on the status of your request from .


Additional Resources for submitting BAKER Requests

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