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Film 151/Chinese 172: The New Wave and Contemporary Chinese Film Auteurs Fall 2017: Finding Books

Instructor: Bao

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.

Getting material from NRLF (short)

The Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) is an off-campus storage facility for some library collections. NRLF materials are available to request in OskiCat.

  • Borrow print materials from NRLF via the REQUEST button in OskiCat. 
  • Receive electronic or paper copies of book chapters or journal articles via the Request an electronic copy from NRLF link that appears in eligible titles in OskiCat.

OskiCat's Request Button

No time to go hunting around the library stacks to find the books you need?  Use OskiCat's request feature.  Once you find the book you want, click (this button will only appear when an item can be requested). Authenticate yourself with CalNet, and follow the prompts.  OskiCat will ask you where you want the book(s) delivered to.  You will get an email when the books are ready to be picked up (usually within 1-3 days).

You can also use this button to:

  • Request materials from NRLF
  • Place holds on items that are checked out
  • Place holds on an item that has the status "in-process" which means it is being cataloged. 

Google Books

Why use Google Books? Library catalogs (like OskiCat) don't search inside books; using a library catalog, you can search only information about the book (title, author, Library of Congress subject headings, etc.).  Google Books will let you search inside books, which can be very useful for hard-to-find information.  You can then use Google Books' Find in a Library link to locate the book in a UC Berkeley library, or search OskiCat to see if UC Berkeley owns the book.Try it now:

Reading Call Numbers by Section

To read a call number, take each section one at a time: BF 1556 .Z66 2010

  • BF
    Read the 1st line in alphabetical order: A, B, BF, C, D, DC...
  • 1156
    Read the 2nd line as a whole number: 1, 2, 3, 32, 100, 101, 1000, 1100, 1156, 2000, 3000...
  • .Z66
    First read the 3rd line alphabetically. Then read the following number as a decimal: .C51, .D49,  .Z616, .Z66, .Z8 
  • 2010
    The last line is the year, and is read in chronological order: 1989, 1992, 2000, 2010, 2016 

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

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