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English 1B - Dystopian Fictions Fall 2017: Finding Books

Instructor: Hollis

Library Catalogs: Finding Books, etc.

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.

Sample Searches - OskiCat

Sample searches in OskiCat:

maxing hong kingston

subject: kingston, maxine hong
subject:  shelley, mary criticism and interpretation
subject:  ishiguro, kazuo

genetically modified food*
organ donation*
organ harvest*

* = truncation or wildcard symbol; child* - child, childs, children, childish, childhood...

look at long form of relevant records and try out official subject headings

subject:  genetically modified foods
subject:  genetically modified foods law and legislation
subject:  donation of organs tissues  etc. moral and ethical aspects
subject:  donation of organis tissues etc.  psychological aspects

in MELVYL: 

  • you may limit your results to Berkeley
  • to borrow materials owned by other campuses, use the Request button
  • pull down the "University of California Libraries" menu to "Libraries Worldwide" to search thousands of libraries

in most library catalogs you may:

  • modify your searches or use Advanced searching to limit results to English, specify years of publication, limit to a library location, limit to a format (videos, manuscripts, etc.)
  • save items to a list and e-mail the list to yourself

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

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 

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. 
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