COLWRIT 4B: Public History, Personal Story

Catalogs and Google Scholar

Oskicat. UC Berkeley libraries catalog. Includes records for most UCB library materials, including books, e-books, journal and e-journal titles, films and videos, maps, archival materials, and much more. See also the Quick Guide to Oskicat and Oskicat Tutorial.

Melvyl. Catalog for all UC Campus libraries, including selected libraries on campus not in Oskicat, e.g. the Boalt Law Library. Why use Melvyl?  It includes thousands of scholarly journal articles and links to WorldCat, which gets you into the collections of libraries around the world

Google Scholar.  It automatically connects you via UC eLinks to articles and other content licenses by the UC libraries. 

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Google Scholar

Google Scholar is an easy way to do interdisciplinary research, and with some settings changes can become even more useful.  You need a Google account to use these features.

  • Set up a Google Scholar Alert to be automatically notified when new articles are added to Google on topics of interest: 

Do your search in Google Scholar. Look in the left sidebar for the Create Alert link next to the envelope icon, and click it.  New items will be sent to your email account as they are found by Google.

  • Make Google display links to full text of articles that Berkeley subscribes to:

Open Scholar.  Click on the gear icon gear icon in the upper right corner, and choose 'scholar preferences'. In the next screen, choose Library Links from the left-hand menu. In the search box, type the word Berkeley.  Choose University of California, Berkeley - UC-eLinks, and Open Worldcat Search.

Do a Google Scholar search. Click on the "Cited by" link under a citation and select the "Search within articles citing..." checkbox.

Navigating Article Search Results in ANY Database

Ask yourself these questions, in order, about any citation for an article you want. Stop when the answer is yes. Keep going if you answer no.

1. Is there a full-text link or PDF icon? YES: Fantastic! Click on it. Then read it, print it, or email it. Stop here. NO: Go to #2.

2. Do you see a gold UC-eLinks icon?

YES: Good! Click on it, and then go to #3. (If it automatically opens the article for you, then stop here. Now you can read it, or email it.) NO: Then you'll need to open a new tab or window and go to oskicat.berkeley.edu. Do a title search for the title of the journal. Click on the journal title in the results and see if the volume and date you need are listed or whould be covered by the "Library Has" line. If so, write down the location and Call No., and then find the volume on the shelf. Stop here. If we don't have it at all, and you have a few days working leading time, then go to http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/services/interlibrary_loan.html#borrowing to order a scanned copy from another library.
3. Now is there a link under "Get it online?" YES: Click on the link (if there is more than one, make sure the link you choose includes the year you need), find the article, and read it, print it, or email it. Stop here. NO: Go to #4.
4. Do we have the journal in print? Click on "Check the UCB Library Catalog: OskiCat" link. YES: Click on the journal title and see if the volume and date you need are listed or would be covered by the "Library Has" line. If so, write down the location and Call No., and then find the volume on the shelf. NO: Go to #5
5. Do you have time to wait for it to come from another library (2+ working days)? YES: Then click on the "Request this from another library" link. Fill out the info on the REquest form. You'll receive an email with a link to the article when it has been scanned and sent. Stop here. NO: Go to #6
6. Are there other articles in the results that might work for you? YES: Click on the journal title and see if the volume and date you need are listed or would be covered by the "Library Has" line. If so, write down the location and Call No., and then find the volume on the shelf. NO: Go to #5

Modified from document created by Laura McClanathan, UCSC.

Last Update: October 14, 2013 11:49