SLAVIC 5B: Magic Spells and Rituals


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


1.  keyword search with truncation:

     keywords:  salem witch trials

     keywords:  golem czech*
                       golem prague

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

2.  click on the long form of the record to see official subject headings and other key terms you can use to find more items:

subject:  golem

another example:  it can be useful to browse official subject headings:

subject:  devil

subject:  devil in motion pictures

               devil in folklore

                devil in music....

subject:    vodou
                 vodou louisiana
                 vodou missouri
                 vodou new york
                 vodou north carolina
                 vodou southern states
                 vodou united states

                 folklore russia
                 folklore czechoslovakia

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!

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 11:09