The "right" tool for the job
It's hard to find what you need if you're looking in the "wrong" place. Choose a resource that includes the kinds of materials you need.
Looking for books & articles ? You're likely to need both the library catalog and an article database. Which one, and when, depends.
- start with a catalog
- if you already have a citation for an item
- if you want to find books on a topic
- start with an article database
- if you need to isolate articles or essays on a topic
- what you need to know...
List what a library owns, its location and availability...
- OskiCat is the UCB libraries' catalog
- books, journals, films, etc.
- access via CATALOGS tab on UCB Library website
- access via FIND INFORMATION tab on UCB Library website > Articles link
- view by subject or general (interdisciplinary) category
- description =
- type of materials included
- dates of publications included
- if full text is provided for results
- Recommended tag =
- central, typically helpful resource
Where is the article?
Many library databases incorporate the UC-eLinks feature. You use it when a result's text is not provided by the database searched. It checks the UC-wide collections to see if the source is available elsewhere...
- online (through a different database)
- in print (at a library)
example database results with UC-eLinks
Other electronic resources
- encyclopedias, government documents, image databases, news databases, etc.
- access via FIND INFORMATION tab on UCB Library website
- use Electronic resources link
- to view by subject (link to subject, then use sidebar menu to limit by resource type)
- or view by type (all subjects combined)
Need a place to begin ?
If you have a topic but don't know much about it, encyclopedias can provide background that will help you get started and search more effectively.
- identify the people, events, issues, etc., related to your topic
- entries often have a bibliography that identifies materials related to their topic
- online encyclopedias
- for access, review information in electronic resources section, above
- print encyclopedias
- search OskiCat for library location