MEDIAST 130: Research Methods in Media Studies


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 and MELVYL

Sample searches in OskiCat or MELVYL

gender advertis*

look at long form of relevant records and try out official subject headings

subject:  sex role in advertising

* = truncation or wildcard symbol; child* - child, childs, children, childish, childhood...


  • you may limit your results to Berkeley
  • to borrow materials owned by other campuses, use the Request button
  • pull down the "University of California Libraries" menu to "Libraries Worldwide" to search thousands of libraries

in most library catalogs you may:

  • modify your searches or use Advanced searching to limit results to English, specify years of publication, limit to a library location, limit to a format (videos, manuscripts, etc.)
  • save items to a list and e-mail the list to yourself

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: September 12, 2013 11:12