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History 103 Race, Gender, and Power: Find Books

Searching Library Catalogs

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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.

Getting Material from NRLF

A large part of the library's collection is stored in a secure building called the Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF). Affiliated patrons may request physical copies or electronic scans of materials that are stored in this off-site location.

Physical Copies

To request a physical copy of an item kept in the NRLF, press the  Request Button  button on the screen after the initial search in the OskiCat web catalog (see picture below). The screen after will ask you to enter account information using either your Library/Cal 1 Card number or CalNet logins.

OskiCat Catalog Request from NRLF

After logging in to your library account, you have the option to designate a volume number (if applicable) and a cancel date.

Electronic Copies or Scans

To request an electronic copies or scans of eligible library materials stored in the NRLF, you must click on the title itself and exit the search results screen. Once on the item information screen, press the Request an electronic copy from NRLF button as shown in the image below, and login to your account. 

Electronic Copy from NRLF

Below is an image of the screen after your credentials have been entered. Here you can specify the exact volumes, chapters, and pages of the library item needed.

Information needed for Requesting Electronic Copies

OskiCat Tips

Search for author using the author search:

search for diaz, juno

 

 

Look for variations of a word using an asterisk. immigra* finds immigration, immigrant, immigrants, etc. This is called truncation.

search for labor immigra*

 

 

Use Modify Search button to see options for narrowing your search by language, item type, location, etc.

Modify search button

 

 

You can browse for topics using the Subject links. When you find a relevant book, look for subject links like these to connect to a list of related materials. 

Mexican-American Border Region.
Mexican American Border Region Border Patrols
San Ysidro (San Diego, Calif.)
U.S. Border Patrol -- Officials and employees

Interlibrary Borrowing

As a Berkeley student you are eligible to use books and articles from other libraries around the United States. 

Check OskiCat  to make sure UC Berkeley does not own the material you want.

Provide a full and accurate bibliographic citation, including author, title, place and date of publication, and series.  You can get citations from professors, from Melvyl, from other articles, from Google scholar.  Verify your citations before submitting them for ILL.

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