COM LIT R1B: Literary Games

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 you need.

Looking for books & articles ? You're likely to need both the library catalog and an article database.   Which one, and when, depends.

  • start with a catalog
    • if you already have a citation for an item
    • if you want to find books on a topic
  • start with an article database
    • if you need to isolate articles or essays on a topic
  • what you should know...

Library catalogs

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

    catalogs' menu

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Article databases & other electronic resources

  • access is via FIND INFORMATION tab on UCB Library website

  • Graphic of Find Information tab

  • 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
    • subject(s)
    • type of materials
    • dates of publication
    • if results' full text is available
  • resources can also be viewed by type
    • dictionaries
    • encyclopedias
    • image and sound databases
    • news databases, etc.
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Where is the article?

UC-eLinks graphic  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...

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Need a place to begin ?

If you have a topic but don't know much about it, encyclopedias can provide background that will help you get started and search more effectively.

  • identify the people, events, issues, etc., related to your topic
  • entries often have a bibliography that identifies materials related to their topic
  • online encyclopedias
    • for access, review information in electronic resources section, above
  • print encyclopedias
    • search OskiCat for library location
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Last Update: May 30, 2012 10:54