ASAMST 20A: Introduction to the History of Asians in the United States

Catalogs

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

Search OskiCat for all library materials except articles.  Examples:

1.  try a keyword search, using truncation:

chinese american* immigra*

narrow down your search by adding another term:

chinese american* immigra* taiwan*

look at long form of record for official subject terms, try them:

taiwanese american* history
taiwanese american* social conditions
taiwanese american* ethnic identity

2.  another example:

atom* bomb* survivor*
hiroshima survivor*

hiroshima bombardment personal narratives

modify search

language:  english

other examples:

guam* world war
korea* generation* immigra*
korea* immigr* assimil*
vietnam* refugee*

vietnamese immigra*
southeast asian*  immigra*
gay* asian american*
hmong united states
chinese second generation
chinese children of immigrants
filipin* nurs*
filipin* domestic*
korea* nail salon*
korea* immigr*  business*
korea* immigr* entrepreneur*

* = truncation symbol/wildcard for variant word endings
ex:  immigra* = immigrant, immigrants, immigrating, immigration...

If you're getting too many irrelevant results (ex:  vietnamese american* retrieves a lot of things about the Vietnam War) try pulling down the "keyword" menu to "subject" to search by official subject headings

subject:  vietnamese americans

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

Last Update: September 12, 2013 11:11