COLWRIT 4B: Dying for Beauty


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

1.  a keyword search:

     keywords:  weight perception

2.  find an item that looks interesting; note official subject headings in the full display:

     body image in women social aspects
     body image in women psychological aspects
     advertising psychological aspects
     beauty personal social aspects
     beauty personal psychological aspects

keep looking items you find when you do these new searches and you'll find other terms:

     body weight social aspects
     body weight psychological aspects

which might give you ideas - you can add some of these terms to other terms:

     surgery plastic social aspects

3.  Truncation/wildcards

     keywords:     advertis* beauty
                                advertis* cosmetic*

advertis* = advertise, advertising, advertisement, advertisements...

4.  Use alternative terms if needed:

     keywords:   multicultural beauty

try again:

     keywords:  cultural* beauty

5.  use broader terms if needed

     keywords:  gang* beauty

try again:

     keywords:  gang* women

6.  browse a list of subject headings

     subject begins with:     beauty

      subject begins with:     barbie


  • modify your searches or use advanced keyword searches to limit to English, to specific years of publication, to a library location, by format (videos, maps, etc.)
  • save items to a list and e-mail the list to yourself
  • make sure you know the library location, call number and availability (checked out or not?) of the item(s) you want
  • 10 million items and 29 libraries not enough? Try MELVYL, catalog for 10 UC campuses!

Want to see that agin? Watch OskiCat: The Movie


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: August 29, 2012 17:09