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You can access UCB Library resources from off campus or via your laptop or other mobile device using one of two simple methods:
After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID or Library PIN when you click on the link to a licensed resource. See the setup instructions, FAQ, and Troubleshooting pages to configure your browser.
Examples of reference sources for background information:
Links are to OskiCat records. All these titles are in the Doe Reference collection, North Reading Room, 2nd floor Doe Library.
For more examples, browse the reference collections in the same call number area, or ask for assistance at the Doe Reference Center (next to the North Reading Room) or elsewhere.
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.
1. russian humor
2. gogol criticism and interpretation
3. russia* satir* (* = truncation or wildcard; satir* = satire, satires, satirical, satirically...)
Make sure to note the library location, call number, and availability (checked out? on hold?) for each item.
Search an article database to find citations (title, author, title of journal, date, page numbers) for articles on a particular topic. The Library gives you access to over 200 article databases covering different disciplines.
1. Think about which academic disciplines might write about your topic. Examples: literature, film, anthropology, history...
2. Find the appropriate article database by subject (academic discipline or department). Look for "Recommended" databases.
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject
Library home > Article Databases > Article Databases by Subject > Slavic and East European Studies > ABSEES Online Database
gogol (select a field - optional)
chekhov (select a field - optional)
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Slavic and East European Studies > MLA Bibliography
russia* or soviet (keywords)
film* or cinema (keywords)
Once you've searched a database to find articles, you may need to use to link to a PDF or html file if the full text is not immediately available. Each database is a bit different, but a good rule of thumb is this: when you see the Uc-eLinks icon click on it to view your article access options, which can range from full text to a call number to an Interlibrary Loan request:
For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.
Names and other words can be transliterated several ways from the Cyrillic to the Roman alphabet.
Different databases may use different forms of a name:
ABSEES database: Dostoevsky, Fyodor
MLA database: Dostoevskiĭ, Fedor Mikhaĭlovich
OskiCat and other library catalogs: Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
What to do when you don't know the right form?
Examples in OskiCat:
Dostoevsky - common English version
has this subject tag: Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Dostoevskii - direct transliteration from the Russian
has this subject tag: Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881 -- Influence.
Dostoyevsky - standardized form of the name for library catalogs
The same general technique applies to other languages and other databases, as long as they use standardized names.
Please take a few minutes to give me some feedback about the library workshop and this course page! Anonymously, of course.
Other ways to get help: in person, by e-mail, using specialized chat services
Research Advisory Service for Cal Undergraduates
Book a 30-minute appointment with a librarian who will help refine and focus research inquiries, identify useful online and print sources, and develop search strategies for humanities and social sciences topics (examples of research topics).
Schedule, view, edit or cancel your appointment online (CalNetID required)
This service is for Cal undergraduates only. Graduate students and faculty should contact the library liaison to their department or program for specialized reference consultations.
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