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HA 192M Urban Africa: Finding Books

Searching Library Catalogs

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Use OskiCat to locate materials in 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 availability of items that we own.

Google Books

Google Books can be useful for finding related books and for searching the full-text of a book.

Oskicat Tips

  • Search for your topic by using the keyword search:  e.g.- "femisist performance art" or "Swoon street art"
  • Use an asterisk as a wildcard: paint* finds paint, paints, painter, painting, etc..
  • Limit results by language (Modify search)
  • You can browse topics using the Subject links:
  • Limit to specific libraries to hone your results by choosing the Entire Collection dropdown in OskiCat:
    limit your results
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