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Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQ v2.0

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How can I change my email address in my OskiCat account?

UCB faculty, staff and students:
Update your entry in the CalNet Directory, in two places:

  • Edit Person Information
  • Edit Address Information

IMPORTANT: Do not update your information through My OskiCat; this information will be overwritten by updates to the CalNet Directory.

Library cardholders: update your email address via My OskiCat.

Can I use VPN with any web browser?

VPN will work with any standard web browser that supports SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) - for example, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Netscape, or Safari. It will work over most types of Internet connection, except AOL.

I'm a new student/staff/faculty member. How do I get a library card?

For UC Berkeley registered students, faculty, instructors, lecturers and staff, your Cal 1 Card serves as your library card for borrowing materials and for access to the Main (Gardner) Stacks, Moffitt Library, the Media Resources Center and other areas requiring a Cal ID.

UC Berkeley unregistered undergraduates or graduate students on filing fee status can apply to have your library privileges extended. Visiting Scholars can also apply for library privileges.

If you have questions:

Privileges Desk

Doe Library, Floor 1
(510) 642-3403
privdesk@library.berkeley.edu

During Spring and Fall Semester:
M-F: 9am - 4:45pm
Sat-Sun: 1pm - 4:45pm

Check the Library Hours database for up-to-date hours information.

Is it true that JSTOR only features articles that are over three years old? Why is this?

Many journals in JSTOR have a "moving wall," which means that content from the most recent 1 to 5 years of those journals is not available in JSTOR. A number of publications in JSTOR, however, have recently made their most current issues available. Other journals' most recent content in JSTOR is now also indexed, but only available in full-text from another library-licensed database. To find the full-text for those articles use the UC-eLinks button:

Berkeley-eLinks button

So while it's no longer entirely true that JSTOR only features articles over three years old, if your research focus is current scholarship, Academic Search Complete and Google Scholar may have more relevant results for you. JSTOR remains a fantastic source for historical interdisciplinary research, and many of their journal subscriptions span back to the date of a journal's first publication.

How do I find out about library events and exhibits?

We have a calendar of events that lists classes, exhibits, readings and more from across the UCB libraries. You can also subscribe to RSS feeds for several categories of events.

Can I use Zotero to save citations from OskiCat or Melvyl?

When you want to capture a reference in Zotero from a library catalog such as OskiCat or Melvyl:

  1. After completing your search, click on the full record of the item so that it is fully displayed on the page as a single entity.
  2. Open Zotero.  Three large windows will appear.  The first at the far left contains your library collections (where you create and store file folders).  The second is where individual references or "titles" are displayed.  The third is where the elements of the citation are displayed, and also offers the opportunity to annotate citations.
  3. To add a citation, go to the URL box at the top of the page.  If it’s a book, you should notice a tiny blue book icon located after the URL.  Other icons appear for different media.
  4. Click on that icon and the citation will automatically appear in the far right field of Zotero.

Visit the Zotero site for documentation, support, and tutorials.

I was looking up a journal in OskiCat that turned out to be located at the NRLF. I noticed a link that read "Request an electronic copy from NRLF." Is this free, and/or too good to be true?

This service is both free and easy. UC Berkeley faculty, students, staff, and patrons with a library card, may use OskiCat to request electronic copies of book chapters, conference papers, or journal articles located at the NRLF. For eligible journal or book titles at NRLF, you'll see this message in the item's OskiCat record:

Title Computers in industry
Imprint [Amsterdam] North-
Holland Pub. Co
Link to online version(s):
Request an electronic copy from NRLF

v.1(1979)- ScienceDirect. Restricted to UC campuses

The documents (PDFs) will be posted to the Web within two working days. NRLF will notify you via email when the document is ready. Requests for articles, etc., from "RESTRICTED USE" items, and requests for entire publications/issues, will not be filled.

What is an 'Affiliated Library?'

There are two types of libraries on campus: The University Library system and the Affiliated Libraries. The former includes Doe/Moffitt and the subject specialty libraries, while the latter are typically connected to particular departments, professional schools, or organized research institutes.

I am an emeritus UCB faculty member, and in My OskiCat, the Inventory screen lists a date for the expiration of my library privileges - why? So far as I know there is no expiration date for faculty library privileges. Please clarify.

In the case of emeritus faculty, the expiration date is something of an automatically renewed "placeholder" that denotes an ongoing appointment -  it exists more for our finite term users such as alumni, CA residents and students from other universities whose accounts actually do expire.The expiration you see as an emeritus faculty will move forward in congruence with every new semester to always stay approximately two years into the future.

OskiCat requires that all users have some finite expiration date in their accounts.

How do I add the catalog information for the items I already have checked out to the "My List" section on OskiCat? This is useful if I need this information after I have returned books to the library.

Once you are logged in to My OskiCat you can view the entire inventory of items you have checked out. Click on the title of an item in your inventory and save it using "Save Records" button. Return to your inventory to add more items this way (unfortunately, you can't add several items at once from the list of checked out items). Once you save one or more items, you can click the "View Saved" button and add titles to a new or saved list by clicking the "Save to My Lists" button. In My OskiCat, view "My Lists" to see the lists you have created.

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