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9 Library Things Every OOMPH Student Should Know


 1. How do I access electronic library resources (databases, journals, ...) remotely?

     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
  • During your time on campus, connect via AirBears, 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: 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 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 the Melvyl catalog (see below) to access articles, book chapters, etc. 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 for my research that I can get from a library near me?

     See Guide to Library Catalogs:

  • OskiCat is the UC Berkeley catalog: find print publications located at UCB, electronic publications, and items stored at NRLF, the off-campus storage facility
  • Use Melvyl, the catalog for UC and worldwide libraries. Click the title to see details about the location and availability of books, journals, etc.
    » Watch a 1 minute video on how to sort your Melvyl search results to show libraries located near you that have the book(s) you want.
    (Melvyl also contains some article citations but we recommend using article databases to find these).


 5. What resources are available to help with citing and academic writing?

     See Citation Guides/Submitting Manuscripts to Journals:

  • The Library has provides access to numerous style guides
  • The UC Berkeley Student Learning Center Writing Program has lots of information on the writing process, topic development, revision, and much more.


 6. How do I organize references and cite them correctly in my papers?

     See EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley Help:

  • Use RefWorks – licensed by the UC Berkeley Library and free to use for UCB students
    » Watch a 3-minute video on getting started with RefWorks
  • 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; standalone version also available.
  • Use Mendeley, another free product, to organize and share references


 7. 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 databases such as PubMed, Web of Science, Sociological Abstracts, etc.
  • Create citation alerts in Web of Science: Receive an email whenever an article you choose gets cited.
  • Receive electronic tables of contents from journal publishers
  • Use RSS feeds for tables of contents, database alerts, or updates from grant funding entities


 8. 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, Food/Nutrition, 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


 9. How do I get help?

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