Finding Books in English
Since the UC Berkeley Libraries have a world-class collection used by scholars who speak and read many languages, you may see many non-English titles in your search results. If you prefer to see only English-language materials, you can limit your search results in OskiCat or Melvyl by language.
In OskiCat: After you search, click on the or the button (near the top of the page). Under Languages, select English on the pull-down menu, then click the Submit button. (You can also select more than one language by holding down the Ctrl key on a PC, or the Command key on a Mac.)
In Melvyl: After you search, look for the "refine your search" sidebar () on the left side of your search results page. Scroll down to see an option to limit your results by language.
Searching Transliterated Russian Names
Names and other words can be transliterated several ways from the Cyrillic to the Roman alphabet.
Different databases may use different forms of a name:
ABSEES database: Dostoevsky, Fyodor
MLA database: Dostoevskiĭ, Fedor Mikhaĭlovich
OskiCat and other library catalogs: Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
What to do when you don't know the right form?
2. Click on the title of an item that looks relevant, to view the detailed record.
3. Look for "Subject" or other tags that use a standardized form of the name.
4. Click on these tags to find more items,
Use the standardized form in new searches.
Examples in OskiCat:
Dostoevsky - common English version
has this subject tag: Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Dostoevskii - direct transliteration from the Russian
has this subject tag: Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881 -- Influence.
Dostoyevsky - standardized form of the name for library catalogs
The same general technique applies to other languages and other databases, as long as they use standardized names.