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OskiCat/Melvyl Search Terms

Here are some terms you can use in OskiCat or Melvyl that may help you find books on your topic. magnifying glass imageRemember, these search engines only let you search brief information about the books - you're not searching in the full text of the books themselves! If you're not getting enough results, try leaving out some search terms, searching for a less specific topic (nikolai gogol instead of the diary of a madman) using Google Books, or asking a librarian.

An important thing to keep in mind is that OskiCat doesn't contain any articles from journals and magazines, but Melvyl does. You'll see both books and articles in your Melvyl search results - use the left sidebar to focus your results to just the types of material that you're looking for.

All of these terms are Library of Congress subject headings -- which means you'll get the most complete results if you enter them exactly as typed. Using the default Keyword search in OskiCat will usually give you the best results.

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Finding Book Chapters

Many scholarly books consist of essays written by different authors and gathered together into one volume. This means that each essay gets its own chapter, so each chapter has a different author; the book itself has one or more editors. OskiCat and Melvyl often (but not always) list the tables of contents of books like this, so you'll be able to find book chapters by individual chapter titles or authors by doing a simple Keyword search.

If you want to get fancy: In OskiCat, click the Advanced Keyword Search tab, and change the pulldown menu in the first search box (where it says Any Field:) to Note:. This means your search words will ONLY search within the table-of-contents notes in OskiCat. Put your search words in the Note: field (e.g., bulgakov). This means that you will get both book chapters BY Bulgakov and ABOUT Bulgakov, but it will help you narrow down your search.

Article databases (databases that index the contents of scholarly journals) usually also contain the titles and authors of book chapters, if the book is the type that has a different author for each chapter. Try MLA and limit your search to "Book Article," (this is their term for book chapter). You can also try Literature Online, but they have no way to search for book chapters only; in your search results, you'll have to sort through articles, dissertations, and book chapters.


Searching Library Catalogs

oskicat logo Use OskiCat to locate materials related to your topic, including books, government publications, and  audio and video recordings, in the libraries of UC Berkeley. OskiCat will show you the location and availability of the items that we own.

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Use Melvyl to locate materials related to your topic located at other campuses in the UC system, or worldwide. You can use the Request button to request an item from another library, if we don't own it.

  • Using Melvyl (but not OskiCat) you can find articles as well as books, easily format a citation for copying into a bibliography, and see images of book covers, when available. Melvyl will also show you the location and availablity of items that we own.

Melvyl has changed as of January 2012, and now includes many more articles.  Detailed Melvyl help

ebrary = ebooks

ebrary is our largest collection of full text ebooks, with nearly 50,000 titles on a wide range of subjects. Find them in the UCB catalog, OskiCat (keyword: ebrary or limit to "Available Online"), or search the ebrary site directly:

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Google Books

Google Books contains millions of scanned books, from libraries and publishers worldwide. You can search the entire text of the books, view previews or "snippets" from books that are still in copyright, and read the full text of out-of-copyright (pre-1923) books.  Want to read the entire text of an in-copyright book?  Use Google Books' Find in a Library link to locate the book in a UC Berkeley library, or search OskiCat to see if UC Berkeley owns the book.

Why use Google Books?

Library catalogs (like OskiCat) don't search inside books; using a library catalog, you can search only information about the book (title, author, Library of Congress subject headings, etc.).  Google Books will let you search inside books, which can be very useful for hard-to-find information.  Try it now:

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Last Update: December 04, 2012 15:20