ANTHRO 140: Anthropology of Food

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

(keywords)  chinese cook*

* = truncation symbol/wildcard for variant word endings
ex:  immigra* = immigrant immigrants immigration etc.

look at the titles and official subject terms and find other terms:

(subject):  cooking chinese
                 cookery chinese
                 food habits china
                

broaden and narrow your searches:

keywords:  asian american* food*

subject:   cookery chinese social aspects 
              
cookery chinese history
               cooking chinese social aspects southeast asia

               chinese food social aspects southeast asia

 
              southeast asia social life and customs
              
chinese ethnic identity

advanced search

cookery chinese
language:  english
year of publication:  after 1900 before 1968

if you know the name of a person or organization, search it both as an author and as a topic:

author:  sinclair, upton

author:  united states food and drug administration

Try out these OskiCat features:

  • limit your search to a type of material (DVDs) or a library location (Doe Reference)
  • save items to a list you can e-mail/download/print
  • place a recall request online
  • request items from storage (NRLF)
  • view a list of items you have checked out
  • send call numbers to your cell phone (see below)
  • receive alerts of new items that match your search terms ("preferred search")

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

Last Update: September 12, 2013 11:12