COLWRIT 4B: Monsters and Modernity

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.

Sample Searches in OskiCat

1.  keyword search with truncation:

     keywords:  monsters in literature

modify search

language:  english

2.  keyword search; then try a useful subject term:

keywords:  godzilla*

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

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

subject:  godzilla

searching by subject keywords brings up a list of the heading and subheadings, for example:  gozilla (fictitious character) and godzilla films

another example:

keywords:  vampire* movie*

subject:  vampire films

3.  using quotes to keep terms together as a phrase:

mad scientist*

"mad scientist*"

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 over 20 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

ebrary = ebooks

ebrary is our largest collection of full text ebooks, with 40,000 titles on a wide range of subjects. Find them in the UCB catalog, OskiCat (keyword: ebrary or limit to "Available Online"), or search the ebrary site directly:

Search ebrary

 

Getting started with ebrary

Last Update: January 27, 2014 15:45