The "right" tool for the job
It's hard to find what you need, if you're looking in the "wrong" place. Choose a resource that includes the kinds of materials needed.
- Books & articles: You're likely to need the library catalog and an article database for your assignment. Which one, and when, depends on what you already know and the kind of materials sought.
- if you already have a citation for an item, or you want to find books on your topic, you can start with the catalog
- if you need to isolate articles or essays on a topic, you will want to use an "article" database
- here's the scoop
List what a library owns, its location and availability...
- OskiCat is the UCB libraries' catalog
- books, journals, films, etc.
- access via CATALOGS tab
on the UCB Library website
Article databases & other electronic resources
- access is via FIND INFORMATION tab on UCB Library website
- electronic resources are viewable by subject or by the general (interdisciplinary) category
- article databases shown by default
- sidebar menu links to other types of resources
- Recommended sun = central, typically helpful resources
- database description typically includes
- type of materials
- dates of publication
- if results' full text is available
- resources can also be viewed by type
- image and sound databases
- news databases, etc.
Where is the article?
Many library databases incorporate the UC-eLinks feature. You use it when a result's text is not provided by the database searched. It checks the UC-wide collections to see if the source is available elsewhere...
- online (through a different database)
- in print (at a library)
example database results with UC-eLinks
When you need a place to begin
Encyclopedias provide background that helps when searching for other materials: identify people, events, issues, etc. Entries may have an associated bibliography that identifies other materials related to a topic.
- review information in electronic resources section, above
- link to e-resources by Subject > then use left sidebar menu to link to (subject specific) encyclopedias
- or...link to e-resources by Type > Encyclopedias and almanacs (to see all of them)
To find print encyclopedias use OskiCat
(for tips of searching OskiCat, see Putting It All Together tab)