COLWRIT 4B: Understanding Democracy: People Power


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.

Sample Searches in OskiCat

1.  a keyword search:

     keywords:  resource mobilization theory  

to retrieve more, use fewer terms; to keep terms together as a phrase, use quotes

keywords:  "resource mobilization"

keywords:  "resource mobilization" "social movements"

2.  truncation:

keywords:  crony capitalis*

child* = child, childs, children, childish, childhood...

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

battle in seattle

subject:  Demonstrations -- Washington (State) -- Seattle


  • 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
  • 11 million items and 29 libraries not enough? Try MELVYL, catalog for 10 UC campuses!

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 17:11