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Find Handbooks and Manuals

Handbooks and manuals assist researchers and professionals with readily available facts and information. While most of these resources are found in printed volumes in the library, they are very popular as electronic books.

Electronic Resource Finder
The ERF page offers a selected list of handbooks available online. First select a subject from the Subjects A-Z page and then select the Handbooks and Manuals link on the left side (not available for all subjects).

Subject specialty libraries
Most subject specialty libraries at UC Berkeley have lists of handbooks and manuals on their websites, sometimes within a section on electronic books. The best place to find these websites is the Libraries and Collections A-Z page.

OskiCat (UC Berkeley)
Includes materials in most libraries on the UC Berkeley campus, but some important libraries are only partially listed, and some are not listed at all. To find items in these libraries, check their own catalogs (or Melvyl, as noted below).

  • Type a keyword describing your broad topic, followed by handbooks. Examples:

       nutrition handbooks
       engineering handbooks

  • You can use the pull-down menu labeled "Entire collection" to limit your search to a subject specialty library.

Melvyl (all UC campuses + worldwide)
Recommended for searching libraries in the UC System and worldwide. It includes WorldCat, a worldwide catalog, but gives priority to items in the UC libraries. Not all UC materials are in the database yet. For more information, see Frequently Asked Questions.

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