HIST 101: Imperial Japan and Modern East Asia

Catalogs

To find books, DVDs, maps, sound recordings, manuscripts, and much more - everything except articles - use a library catalog.

OskiCat = most UC Berkeley libraries

MELVYL = all UC campus libraries, including all UC Berkeley libraries

What's the difference?  more details here

For each item make sure you know the name of the physical library, call number, and whether or not it's checked out, library use only, etc.

Call numbers are on the spine of the book; learn how to read them so you can find what you need on the shelves.

Searching OskiCat

Search OskiCat for both primary and secondary sources.  Examples:

vietnamese immigra*
southeast asian*  immigra*
portuguese california
asian american* sport*
japanese american* baseball
chinese american marriage*
chinese american women
chinese american famil*
african american* california
chinese california
hmong united states
hmong american*
jew* boston
white* race identity united states
wine* migrant labor*

* = truncation symbol/wildcard for variant word endings
ex:  immigra* = immigrant, immigrants, immigrating, immigration...

If you're getting too many irrelevant results (ex:  vietnamese american* retrieves a lot of things about the Vietnam War) try pulling down the "keyword" menu to "subject" to search by official subject headings

subject:  vietnamese americans

Looking for official subject headings:

keywords:  national identity
keywords:  national identity american

look at long form of records for official subject headings:

subject:  national characteristics american

add other useful keywords:

       keywords:  national characteristics american* immigra*

if you know the name of a person or organization, search it both as an author and as a topic:

author:  gamio, manuel

author:  irish american benevolent

Try out these OskiCat features:

  • limit your search to a type of material (DVDs) or a library location (Doe Reference)
  • save items to a list you can e-mail/download/print
  • place a recall request online
  • request items from storage (NRLF)
  • view a list of items you have checked out
  • send call numbers to your cell phone (see below)
  • receive alerts of new items that match your search terms ("preferred search")

SMS and QR Codes in OskiCat

You can now text yourself a call number or use a QR code reader to find the location of an item in the UCB Library. Just click on a title in your OskiCat search results, and both options will be displayed on the right.

SMS and QR image

Last Update: February 02, 2012 17:00