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Guide to the libraries for student-athletes: Finding Books

This guide is intended to help student athletes use the Libraries and its resources more efficiently. Save time-- use our links.

Find books on a topic

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Use OskiCat to locate materials on the shelves of the UC Berkeley libraries and also to:

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Use Melvyl to locate materials at other campuses in the UC system, or worldwide, and also to

  • request materials from another library if we don't own it
  • find articles from some article databases
  • easily format a citation for copying into a bibliography
  • Melvyl will also show you the location and availablity of items that we own.

Know what book you want?


Search for the book title or author in OskiCat or Melvyl

Book chapters

Search for the title of the book (not the chapter) in OskiCat or Melvyl.

Sample Searches in OskiCat

1.  keyword search:

wild child


modify search

language:  english

2. keyword search with truncation

wild child*


        * = truncation symbol/wildcard   (child* = child, childs, children, childish, childhood...)

click on the title of the record to see official subject headings and other key terms you can use to find more items:

Feral children.

Biography as a literary form.

another example:

keywords: feral child* stories

                 autobiograph* memor*

subject:  feral children in literature

             autobiographical memory

3.  using quotes to keep terms together as a phrase:

"feral children"

"autobiographical memory"

other searches:

do an author search to find works by that author: burroughs, edgar rice

do a subject search to find works about that author: burroughs, edgar rice

look for the subheading "criticism and interpretation"

other features:

  • modify your searches or use advanced keyword searches to limit to English, to specific years of publication, to a library location, by format (videos, maps, etc.)
  • save items to a list and e-mail the list to yourself
  • make sure you know the library location, call number and availability (checked out or not?) of the item(s) you want

11 million items and over 20 libraries not enough? Try MELVYL, the catalog for all UC campuses.

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