ENGLISH 1B: Bonds of Taste


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 - OskiCat

Searching by title:
1.  (title):  in wonderland

(title):  surrealism desire unbound

Keyword search, looking for variant word endings:
2.  freud* surrealis*

* = truncation/wildcards (child* = child, childs, childhood, childish, children...)
3.  searching for materials about an author/filmmaker; limiting by language:

subject: bunuel, luis

subject:  bunuel, luis  criticism and interpretation

sort/limit results 

language:  english

4.  searching by keywords; then click on titles to find official subject headings:

     keywords: surrealis* film*

subject:  surrealism in motion pictures    

*** Note:  sometimes searching for short words with truncation (ex:  film*) retrieves 0 results because the system can't handle it - take off the truncation symbol.  Or in this case, use the old fashioned but accurate term:  motion pictures              


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

Getting Material from NRLF

A large part of the library's collection is stored off campus in an environmentally secure building called the Northern Regional Library Facility [NRLF].

Submit online requests via the REQUEST button in OskiCat to borrow material shelved at NRLF. To receive electronic or paper copies of book chapters or journal articles, submit an online request via the "Request an article from NRLF (photocopy or web delivery)" link that appears in eligible titles in OskiCat. Staff at public service desks of any campus library can assist you with further questions. 

EXCEPTION:  Materials belonging to Bancroft Library MUST be requested via their online form

nrlf request button in oskicat

Log in to Request with your Calnet ID and fill out the screens.  Choose the volume you want, for periodicals:

nrlf request item selection

How to Cite Film and Video

How to Cite Film and Video (Media Resources Center)

Film Reviews and Scholarly Articles

Last Update: January 27, 2014 15:45