ENGLISH 001: Our America

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

Sample searches

1.  keywords:   psycholog* discrimination
                      
african american* spirituals
                       african american* slave* christian*

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

2.  keywords:  contact zones

     click on the titles of relevant items, look at official subject headings, redo your search:

     subject:  indians first contact with european

check out advanced search (modifying by language, library, type of library material...)

Note:  when searching by titles, leave off initial articles ( "the" and "a")

Try out these OskiCat features:

  • 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