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10 Library Things Every New UCB School of Public Health Student Should Know


 1. How do I access electronic library resources (databases, journals, ...) from off-campus or my laptop/mobile device?

     See Connecting from Off Campus:

  • Use the Proxy Server, which allows remote access to web-based electronic resources licensed by the UC or UCB Libraries after a quick browser configuration
  • Use the Campus VPN (Virtual Private Network), which requires a software download, and then establishes a secure "tunnel" to the UCB network
  • When using your laptop or mobile device on campus, connect via AirBears2, UC Berkeley's wireless network


 2. Which databases should I use to find articles, etc., on Public Health topics?

     See Indexes and Databases:

  • PubMed: citations in biomedicine and health; the primary article index for most public health topics
  • Global Health: citations on public health topics from journals, books, book chapters, conference proceedings, and more, from more than 150 countries and in over 50 languages translated into English
  • Embase: journal article and meeting abstract citations in medicine/health; especially strong in evidence-based medicine and pharmacology/toxicology
  • PsycINFO: citations for journal articles, book chapters and dissertations in psychology, behavior, and related disciplines
  • Sociological Abstracts: covers demography, education, social psychology, and sociology. Sources include journals, books, conferences, and dissertations
  • TOXLINE: citations on the biochemical, physiological, toxicological, and societal effects and aspects of chemicals and drugs
  • BIOSIS Previews: citations on biology, ecology, agriculture, environmental science, and more. Includes citations to journal articles, books, and meeting abstracts
  • Business Source Complete: citations for articles and more in business, marketing, economics, and finance
  • ERIC: educational literature from journals, books, conferences, reports, curricula, dissertations, and audiovisual media. ERIC also includes materials on tests, measurement, and evaluation
  • Web of Science: a large multidisciplinary journal article database. It is the best tool for cited reference searching
  • Many more are available
  • A brief note about click to see conditions of use


 3. How do I find online journals and journal articles?

     See Electronic Journals:

  • Click the UC-eLinks icon next to a citation in an article database (see above) or in Melvyl (see below) to access items available online
  • Use the UC-eLinks Citation Linker to see if a known journal article (or book, book chapter, etc.) is available online
  • Browse or search for online journals using the UC-eLinks Electronic Journals Search, or use the OskiCat or Melvyl catalog (see below)


 4. How do I find books (including course reserves), electronic books, journals, dissertations, reports, etc?

     See Guide to Library Catalogs:

  • Use OskiCat, the UC Berkeley catalog, for print and electronic publications, course reserves, and items stored at NRLF, the off-campus storage facility
    » Click the Course Reserves tab to search for course reserves by course number or instructor
  • Use Melvyl, the catalog for all the UC libraries (and more). Click the title to see details about the location and availability of books, journals, etc. (Melvyl also contains some article citations but we recommend using article databases to find these.).


 5. What books do I have checked out and how do I renew them?

     Log in to My OskiCat:

  • After logging in to My OskiCat, you will see a list of the books checked out to you
  • All items may be renewed online except for journals, reserve materials, microfiche, and items on which you owe fines


 6. How do I get books, articles, etc. that are neither at a UC Berkeley library nor available online?

     See Getting Books or Articles from Non-UCB Libraries:

  • Click the UC-eLinks icon then Request It or Request to request an article, book, or other item that you find in a database or Melvyl. Articles are generally delivered to you electronically
  • Other options are listed on our web page, including how to easily get books or articles delivered from Stanford University


 7. How do I organize references, cite them correctly in my papers, and get help with academic writing?

     See EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley Help:

  • Use RefWorks – licensed by UC Berkeley and free to use for UCB students, staff, and faculty
  • Purchase EndNote and install it on your computer; a substantial student discount for EndNote is available through the Cal Student Store
  • Use Zotero, a free, open-source Firefox add-on you can download; it is already installed on Firefox on the library’s public PCs. Standalone version also available.
  • Use Mendeley, another free product, to organize and share references
  • See also our Citation Guides/Submitting Manuscripts to Journals web page
  • The UC Berkeley Student Learning Center Writing Program has lots of information on the writing process, topic development, revision, and much more


 8. How can I keep up with new research in my field?

     See Keeping Up-to-date on Public Health:

  • Use alerts for updates on topics you’ve searched in PubMed, Web of Science, Sociological Abstracts, etc.
  • Create cited reference alerts in Web of Science
  • Receive electronic tables of contents from journal publishers
  • Use RSS feeds for tables of contents, database alerts, or updates from grant funding entities


 9. What other online resources are available on my topic?

     See Electronic Public Health Resources:

  • Explore the Public Health Library’s topical web pages on such topics as Statistics/Data, Environmental Health, International Health, and many more
  • These web pages provide access to selected resources not generally available via article indexes or book catalogs, each with a descriptive annotation


 10. How do I get help?

     See Reference:

  • For help with researching a topic or finding print or online resources, come to the Public Health Library Reference Desk: Mon-Fri 10-12 and 2-4, or call (510) 642-2511 during those same times
  • For help at other times, 24/7 IM chat reference and email reference are available
  • Library instruction sessions (finding articles, using EndNote, RefWorks, etc.) are sometimes offered. Here's a calendar
  • For help with what you have checked out, renewals, placing holds, etc., come to the Public Health Library Circulation Desk or call (510) 642-2511
  • You can also check out a flash drive, or document stand at the Public Health Library's Circulation Desk
  • The Public Health Library has a print/edit PC with Microsoft Office for those last-minute changes to your term paper or presentation


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