HIST 103: Political Violence in Latin America, 1780-2010

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.

DVDs and Videos on Latin America

The Media Resources Center lists their DVDs and videos on Latin America .  All materials must be viewed on-site.

Searching OskiCat

Search OskiCat for both primary and secondary sources.  Examples:

guatemala* cia
dirty war argentin*
shining path

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

click on sort/limit results or go to advanced search to limit your search results to English, or by date, library or publication type

Try using official subject headings:  look at the full record of relevant items to find the official subject headings; try a new search with those terms, pulling down the "keyword" menu to "subject" :

subject:  mexico history revolution
                  state sponsored terrorism
(name of country)
                  political violence (name of country)

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

author:  villa, pancho

author:  madres de plazo de mayo

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 16:59