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.
Sample searches (both primary and secondary sources):
1. keywords: fred korematsu
refine your search: author: korematsu, fred
2. keywords: japanese american citizens league
refine your search: author: japanese american citizens league
3. if you know the title (leave off "the" and "a")
title: view from within
title: topaz times
title: daily californian (limit to journals/magazines/newspapers)
4. researching by topic:
keywords: japanese internment
keywords: japanese draft resist*
* = truncation/wildcard child* = child, childs, children, childhood, childish, etc.
pull down languages menu to English
5. click on the titles of relevant items, look at official subject headings, redo your search:
subject: japanese americans evacuation and relocation
6. other examples:
subject: japanese americans newspapers
subject: japanese american* interviews
subject: japanese americans personal narratives
subject: japanese americans berkeley
OskiCat: The Movie!
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
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.
Log in to Request with your Calnet ID and fill out the screens. Choose the volume you want, for periodicals:
Finding DVDs and Videos
You can also find non-print media of all types in OskiCat; search by keywords, author, subject, title, etc. and pull down the "Entire Collection" menu to the type of resource you want (maps, films, etc.)
note that you can chat with the Federal Documents Librarian when you have a question
look under "Quick Links" to find the Lexis-Nexis Congressional database for congressional publications
enter a year to view a list of all members of Congress for that year