ENGLISH 190: Film Noir


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

1.  finding film criticism:

     keywords: john huston criticism

search by official subject terms to narrow your results:

subject:  huston, john 1906-1987 criticism

2.  modify your search - limit by language:

subject:  hitchcock, alfred criticism

modify search

language:  english

3.  keyword search with truncation:  psychoanal* film noir

* = truncation/wildcards (child* = child, childs, childhood, childish, children...)
(note:  you can't truncate words of fewer than 5 characters--like the word film(!))

using quotation marks to keep terms together:  "film noir" women

look for relevant subject headings:

subject:   detective and mystery films united states history and criticism
                detective and mystery stories united states history and criticism
               men in motion pictures
                femininity in motion pictures
                femmes fatales in motion pictures
                women detectives in motion pictures

4.  Search individual films by title in OskiCat, or by director as "author" and pull down the "entire collection" menu to Film/Videos...OR use the Media Resources Center Movies database.

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

Last Update: January 27, 2014 15:44