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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 on 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
  • » TIP: All UCB students have access to Box - from on campus or off - to store up to 50GB of files


 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
    » PubMed exercise set (PDF)
  • 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
    » Global Health Database exercise (PDF)
  • 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
    » Sociological Abstracts exercise (PDF)
  • 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
  • » TIP: Use Web of Science or Scopus: two large, multidisciplinary databases that are the best tools for cited reference searching and analysis
    » Web of Science cited reference searching exercise (PDF)
  • Many more databases 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
  • » TIP: Use the UC-eLinks Citation Linker to see if a known, single 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)
  • Use BrowZine: a free tablet application that lets you browse, read and monitor thousands of scholarly journals available from the UC Berkeley Library


 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
    » TIP: Click Request in OskiCat to have the book you want delivered to any library pick-up location
  • Use Melvyl, the catalog for all the UC libraries (and beyond). 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
  • The UCB Libraries provide free scanning of print material


 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
    » TIP: The UC Berkeley Library will help pay author fees [coming soon] so you can publish in an open access journal!
  • 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 "grey literature" on the Public Health Library’s topical web pages
  • Topics include Statistics/Data, AIDS/HIV, Cancer, Environmental Health, Food/Nutrition, International Health, Legislation/Regulations, 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
  • Also included are public health resources in other formats, including: news, dissertations, podcasts/video/webcasts, images, encyclopedias, and more


 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 and Adobe Acrobat Pro for those last-minute changes to your term paper or presentation
    » TIP: All UCB students are eligible for free software including Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite


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