ETH STD 101: Humanities Methods in Ethnic Studies


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

Sample searches:

1.  keywords:   robert johnson

     refine your search:    author:  johnson, robert

2.  keywords:  narcocorrido*

* = truncation/wildcard   child* = child, childs, children, childhood, childish, etc.

search for broader terms/use terms you find in official subject headings:

keywords:  drug* corrido*

keywords:  corridos texts

3.    limiting your search:

keywords:  footbind*

modify search

select language:  english

4.     other examples:

blues encyclopedia
blues bibliography
blues biography
        (pull down "entire collection" menu to sound records)
blues women
blues influence

Try out these OskiCat features:

  • limit your search to a type of material (DVDs) or a library location (Doe Reference); limit by language, year of publication, etc. (click on modify search)
  • save items to a list you can e-mail/download/print
    place a recall request onlinerequest 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")

Finding DVDs and Videos

Media Resources Center lists of media by subject

Media Resources Center lists of movies (feature films) by Subject

How to Cite Media

You can also find non-print media of all types in OskiCat; search by keywords, author, subject, title, etc. and pull down the "Entire Collection" menu to the type of resource you want (maps, films, etc.)

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