ENGLISH 1B: Reading & Composition


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.

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

Sample Searches - OskiCat

1.  finding literary criticism:

     keywords:  madame bovary criticism (only for very famous books)

modify search

language:  english

if there's not enough when you search for a particular title:

keywords:  flaubert, gustave criticism

modify search

language:  english

2.  keyword search with truncation:  artifice novel*

* = truncation/wildcards (child* = child, childs, childhood, childish, children...)

other features:

    modify your searches or use advanced keyword searches to limit to English, to specific years of publication, to a library location, by format (videos, maps, etc.)
    save items to a list and e-mail the list to yourself
    make sure you know the library location, call number and availability (checked out or not?) of the item(s) you want
    11 million items and 29 libraries not enough? Try MELVYL, catalog for 10 UC campuses!

Last Update: September 12, 2013 11:10