COLWRIT 4B: Images of History/Japanese American Internment


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.

Searching OskiCat

Sample searches (both primary and secondary sources):

1.  keywords:   fred korematsu

     refine your search:    author:  korematsu, fred

2.  keywords:  japanese american citizens league

      refine your search:    author:  japanese american citizens league

3.  if you know the title (leave off "the" and "a")

     title:  view from within
title:  topaz times

     title:  daily californian (limit to journals/magazines/newspapers)

4.  researching by topic:

     keywords:     japanese internment

keywords:     japanese draft resist*

* = truncation/wildcard   child* = child, childs, children, childhood, childish, etc.

modify search

pull down languages menu to English

5.     click on the titles of relevant items, look at official subject headings, redo your search:

       subject:  japanese americans evacuation and relocation

6.     other examples:

advanced search

subject:  japanese americans newspapers
subject:  japanese american* interviews
subject:  japanese americans personal narratives
subject:  japanese americans berkeley

OskiCat:  The Movie!

Try out these OskiCat features:

  • limit your search to a type of material (DVDs) or a library location (Doe Reference)
  • save items to a list you can e-mail/download/print
  • place a recall request online
  • request items from storage (NRLF)
  • view a list of items you have checked out
  • send call numbers to your cell phone (see below)
  • receive alerts of new items that match your search terms ("preferred search")

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

Getting Material from NRLF

A large part of the library's collection is stored off campus in an environmentally secure building called the Northern Regional Library Facility [NRLF].

Submit online requests via the REQUEST button in OskiCat to borrow material shelved at NRLF. To receive electronic or paper copies of book chapters or journal articles, submit an online request via the "Request an article from NRLF (photocopy or web delivery)" link that appears in eligible titles in OskiCat. Staff at public service desks of any campus library can assist you with further questions. 

nrlf request button in oskicat

Log in to Request with your Calnet ID and fill out the screens.  Choose the volume you want, for periodicals:

nrlf request item selection

Finding DVDs and Videos

Media Resources Center list of DVDs and videos on the Internment

You can also find non-print media of all types in OskiCat; search by keywords, author, subject, title, etc. and pull down the "Entire Collection" menu to the type of resource you want (maps, films, etc.)

How to Cite Media

Government Information

UCB Library - Federal Government Information

note that you can chat with the Federal Documents Librarian when you have a question

look under "Quick Links" to find the Lexis-Nexis Congressional database for congressional publications

Biographical Directory of Congress

enter a year to view a list of all members of Congress for that year


Last Update: September 12, 2013 11:11