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10 Library Things Every New UCB School of Public Health Student Should Know: Home

1. How do I access electronic library resources (databases, journals, etc.) from off-campus or on my laptop or mobile device?

     See Connecting from Off Campus:

  • Use the Proxy Server, which allows remote access to web-based electronic resources licensed by the UC or UCB Libraries after a quick browser configuration
  • Use the Campus VPN (Virtual Private Network), which requires a software download, and then establishes a secure "tunnel" to the UCB network
  • When using your laptop or mobile device on campus, connect via AirBears2, UC Berkeley's wireless network
  • Use eduroam to connect to the UCB wireless network at institutions worldwide

  • » TIP: All UCB students have access to Box - from on campus or off - with unlimited storage capacity!

2. Which databases should I use to find articles, etc., on Public Health topics?

     See Public Health Databases:

  • PubMed: citations in biomedicine and health; the primary article index for most public health topics
    » PubMed exercise set (docx)
  • Global Health: citations on public health topics from journals, books, book chapters, conference proceedings, and more, from more than 150 countries and in over 50 languages translated into English
    » Global Health Database exercise (docx)
  • Embase: journal article and meeting abstract citations in medicine/health; especially strong in evidence-based medicine and pharmacology/toxicology
  • PsycINFO: citations for journal articles, book chapters and dissertations in psychology, behavior, and related disciplines
  • Sociological Abstracts: covers demography, education, social psychology, and sociology. Sources include journals, books, conferences, and dissertations
    » Sociological Abstracts exercise (PDF)
  • Agricultural & Environmental Science Database: indexes journals, conference proceedings, reports, books, and government publications covering all areas of environmental science, agriculture, and more.
  • Business Source Complete: citations for articles and more in business, marketing, economics, and finance

  • » TIP: Use Web of Science or Scopus: two large, multidisciplinary databases that are the best tools for cited reference searching and analysis
    » Web of Science cited reference searching exercise: DOCX  |  PDF
  • Many more databases are available
  • A brief note about Click to see Conditions of Use 


3. How do I find online journal articles and journals?

See Find E-Journal Titles:

  • Click the UC-eLinks icon  next to a citation in an article database (see box above) or in Melvyl (see box below) to access items available online
  • » TIP: Use the UC-eLinks Citation Linker to see if a known, single journal article (or book, book chapter, etc.) is available online
  • Browse or search for online journals using the UC-eLinks E-Journals Search, or use the OskiCat or Melvyl catalog (see box below)
  • Use BrowZine: a free tablet application that lets you browse, read and monitor thousands of scholarly journals available from the UC Berkeley Library

4. How do I find books (including course reserves), electronic books, journals, dissertations, reports, etc.?

See Guide to Library Catalogs:

  • Use OskiCat, the UC Berkeley catalog, for print and electronic publications, course reserves, and items stored at NRLF, the off-campus storage facility
    » Click the Course Reserves tab to search for course reserves by course number or instructor
    » TIP: Click Request in OskiCat to have the book you want delivered to (almost) any UCB campus library
    » Take a look at the newest books & ebooks in the Public Health Library!
  • Use Melvyl, the catalog for all the UC libraries (and beyond). Click the title to see details about the location and availability of books, journals, etc.
    » Melvyl also contains some article citations but we recommend using article databases to find these
  • The UCB Library licenses several databases to find dissertations online
  • UCB Libraries provide free scanning of print material! Bring your flash drive or email to yourself.

5. What books do I have checked out and how do I renew them?

Log in to My OskiCat:

  • After logging in to My OskiCat, you will see a list of the books checked out to you
  • All items may be renewed online except for journals, reserve materials, microfiche, and items on which you owe fines
    » TIP: Click Your Reading History then Opt In to keep a permanent list of books you've checked out

6. How do I get books, articles, etc. that are neither at a UC Berkeley library nor available online?

See Interlibrary Borrowing and Lending:

7. Where can I get information on research methodology?

The Library offers numerous books, databases, etc. on research help:

    Here is a list of works on public health research methodology, including qualitative methods, community-based research, and more.

    Here is a list of public health research handbooks, including public health practice, and more.

    Here is a list of works on statistical methods in public health, including biostatistics, spatial statistics, and more.

    The Public Health Library's guide to Health Statistics & Data has information on Using Statistics.

8. How do I organize references, cite them correctly in my papers, and get help with academic writing?

EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley Help:

  • Use RefWorks – licensed by UC Berkeley and free to use for UCB students, staff, and faculty
    » RefWorks is the only one of these programs you can use with Google Docs
  • Purchase EndNote and install it on your computer. A free 30 day trial is available.
  • Use Zotero, a free, open-source program you can use with Firefox, Chrome or Safari .
  • Use Mendeley, another free product, to organize and share references
  • See also our Citation Guides/Submitting Manuscripts to Journals guide
    » TIP: The UC Berkeley Library will help pay author fees so you can publish in an open access journal!
  • The UC Berkeley Student Learning Center Writing Program has lots of information on the writing process, topic development, revision, and much more
  • UCB's Graduate Division sponsors workshops on dissertation writing, academic grant proposal writing, and more

9. What other online resources are available on my topic?

See Guides to Public Health Subjects:

  • Explore the "grey literature" on the Public Health Library’s topical web pages
  • Topics include Statistics/Data, AIDS/HIV, Cancer, Environmental Health, Food/Nutrition, International Health, Maternal/Child Health, Legislation/Regulations, and many more
  • These research guides provide access to selected resources not generally available via article indexes or book catalogs, each with a descriptive annotation
  • Also included are public health resources in other formats, including: news, dissertations, podcasts/video/webcasts, images, data, and more

10. How do I get help & What else does the library offer?

See Reference:

  • For help with researching a topic or finding books, articles, statistics, etc., come to the Public Health Library Reference Desk: Mon-Fri 2-4, or call (510) 642-2511 during those same times
  • For help at other times, 24/7 IM chat reference and email reference are available
  • You can also email us to schedule a research appointment.
  • Check out the Searching Literature Effectively Guide
  • Library instruction sessions (finding articles, using EndNote, RefWorks, etc.) are sometimes offered. Here's a calendar
  • For help with what you have checked out, renewals, placing holds, etc., come to the Public Health Library Circulation Desk or call (510) 642-2511
  • You can also check out a flash drive, or document stand at the Public Health Library's Circulation Desk
  • You can search for study spaces (carrels, groups study rooms, etc.) in the UCB libraries
  • Decorate your home: Borrow graphic art (prints) from the Library's Graphic Arts Loan Collection
  • The Public Health Library has PCs and Macs with Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Pro, R, and other programs.
    » TIP: All UCB students are eligible for free software including Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud
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