Physics-Astronomy Library, University of California, Berkeley
                  TOP 10 TIPS: Physics & Astronomy Library Resources & Services
      1.  ARTICLES: use the best DATABASES to locate articles, proceedings, preprints, & eprints.
      • arXiv, ADS, Compendex, INSPEC, Web of Science
      • (the Landolt-Börnstein series).
      • Use the UC Berkeley List of indexes for ALL subjects
      2.  eJOURNALS (electronic journals) best when you have the citation.
  (UC) Electronic Journals A to Z
citation linker
  Use OskiCat (for UCB), use Melvyl(UC), or Worldcat.
  Google Books
      4.  OSKICAT: use for HOLDS, RECALLS, COURSE RESERVES, RENEWALS, REQUEST, limit to location.
  To Renew: Log in to "My OskiCat" or click on the "Renew Items" tab at the top.
To Request: Use in OskiCat to page materials from NRLF or for pick up at your nearest campus library.
      5.  OFF CAMPUS ACCESS: to the Library’s licensed electronic resources.
  Via the Library’s Proxy Server (
Via the Virtual Private Network (VPN)
      6.  INTERLIBRARY LOAN (ILL) - use for materials that UCB does not own
  Use Interlibrary Borrowing Services for items not on campus, use the online forms.
      7.  CURRENT: set up ALERTS, FEEDS to keep up with newly-published research or your favorite professors' articles.
  Use RSS feeds, download APPS, set up ALERTS using indexes and publishers’ web sites..
      8.  MANAGE your Documents & DATA
  Use bibliographic management software: EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley - for pdfs, images, & to format bibliographies.
  DMPTool - an online service to write a data management plan for your grant.
  Merritt - a cost-effective repository service from the University of California Curation Center (UC3) that lets the UC community manage, archive, and share its valuable digital content.

EZID - use EZID to create permanent identifiers (including DOIs and ARKs) via a web interface or an API.

      9.  FIND: papers that CITE a key reference - your favorite professor or new research.
  Use Web of Science to do a cited reference search.
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