OskiCat is the online catalog for many of the campus libraries (but not all). Oski will reveal which books and periodicals we have along with what's in our film and map collections. It does not contain indivisual periodical articles; to find them, you must use indexes.
A productive way to begin using Oski is by doing a key word search. For instance, try this search:
indian* captivit* narrative*
At 3:28 on October 10, 2011, this search produced 523 records. Using the box that, by default, says Entire Collection, you may sort the results or limit to specific formats or library locations. You may also sort by date or title. Let's take a look at a record:
Permanent link for this record: http://oskicat.berkeley.edu/record=b15166828~S1
|Moffitt||E85 .W85 1998||AVAILABLE|
|Native American Studies||E85 .W85 1998||AVAILABLE||1 WEEK LOAN|
|Description||xxxviii, 356 p. ; 20 cm.|
|Bibliography||Includes bibliographical references.|
|Subject||Indian captivities -- United States.|
|Women prisoners in literature.|
|Added Author||Derounian-Stodola, Kathryn Zabelle, 1949-|
From this record, you'll see the full title of the book, its editors, place and year of publication and publisher. You'll also see that the book is available in two libraries, Moffitt and the Ethnic Studies Library (clicking on Native American Studies links you to Ethnic Studies). You'll find the call number and see that neither copy is checked out. Clicking on the Library of Congress Subject Heading Indian captivities--United States will lead you to more items with this particular subject heading.
Let's look at another record from this search:
Permanent link for this record: http://oskicat.berkeley.edu/record=b17621407~S1
|Main (Gardner) Stacks||PS153.I52 C49 2009||DUE 11-05-11|
|Description||xiv, 280 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm.|
|Bibliography||Includes bibliographical references (p. -265) and index.|
|Contents||I: Representations -- Blood legacies: pathology and power in works / Sherman Alexie and A. A. Carr -- National captivity narratives in Welch, Silko, and Armstrong -- Trickster's gamble: capitalizing indigenous discourse in Vizenor's The heirs of Columbus and Erdrich's The bingo palace -- II: Futures -- Recovering sovereignty in Louis Owen's Dark river -- Indigenous wormholes: reading plural sovereignties in works / Thomas King.|
|Subject||American literature -- Indian authors -- History and criticism.|
|Identity (Psychology) in literature.|
|Racially mixed people -- United States -- Intellectual life.|
|Racially mixed people -- Canada -- Intellectual life.|
|Indians of North America -- Intellectual life.|
|Racially mixed people in literature.|
|Imperialism in literature.|
|Indians in literature.|
|ISBN||023061342X (alk. paper)|
Click on Christie's name. Has he written other books? on this subject? Who publishes his books--you're starting to establish Christie's expertise on the subject. What do you know, if anything, about the press? The records shows that Christie includes a bibliography of references, and the length of the bibliography indicates that it's extensive and might be helpful to you in your research. You may also look for book reviews in America: History and Life or in Academic Search Complete. What do you know, if anything, about the press?
When a book is checked out, use the Request buttom just under the blue Oski banner to initiate a recall. The library will get in touch with the person who has the book and ask that it be returned within the next week. Use the Request button to bring back items stored in NRLF, the regional storage facility.