HIST 007: US History Civil War to Present


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.  japanese internment

click on the title of a relevant item; look for official subject headings, try them out:

subject begins with:  japanese americans evacuation and relocation

2.   another example:  shopgirl*

* = truncation/wildcard symbol (child* = child, childs, children, childish, childhood...)

click on a relevant item, try again:

clerks retail trade

clerks retail trade history

searches on more specific sub-topics:

seneca falls convention
blacklisting of entertainers

442nd regimental

3.   author:  stanton, elizabeth cady
                    national american woman suffrage association
                    works progress administration

What you need to know to find an item in the library:

  • library location (we have over 20! each with its own hours! see "Quick Links")
  • call number
    • each library has a chart or map telling you where the call numbers are for that library
  • is the item checked out? missing? library use only?

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