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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 Library Proxy, which allows remote access to web-based electronic resources licensed by the UC or UCB Libraries via a bookmarklet, or
  • Use the 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 using either:
  • » 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
    » Do the Web of Science cited reference searching exercise on the back of the "Did You Know ... " handout
  • 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 OskiCat or Melvyl catalogs (see box below) or use the UC-eLinks E-Journals Search.
  • 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 library catalog, to find 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
  • Melvyl is 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
  • » TIP: UCB Libraries provide free scanning of print material! Bring your flash drive, email the PDF to yourself, upload to Box, etc.

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

EndNote, RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley Help:

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

See Guides to Public Health Subjects:

  • Explore the "grey literature" on this guide to Public Health topical web pages
  • Topics include Statistics/Data, AIDS/HIV, Cancer, Environmental Health, Food/Nutrition, International Health, Maternal/Child HealthLegislation/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 multiple formats, including: news, dissertations, podcasts/video/webcasts, images, data, and more

9. Tell me about fun stuff, like free art and free streaming movies!

The Library can help with your free time too:

Want free art to hang in your home or office? Check out the Graphic Arts Loan Program. You can reserve a print online, but you must pick it up and return it in person. Includes works by Hiroshige Ando; Claudia Bernardi; Marc Chagall; Shiro Ikegawa; Yolanda M. Lopez; Roberto Matta; Gino Scarpa; and many more.

Tired of watching Star Trek reruns? The Library subscribes to Kanopy Streaming - an on-demand streaming video service which provides access to more than 26,000 films, including titles from PBS, BBC, Criterion Collection, Media Education Foundation and more! Another place to check out is Docuseek2, a streaming video service featuring social issue and documentary films from several independent distributors.

And for your ears, the library provides you with several music databases, such as:
Database of Recorded American Music: Audio files of compositions of classical music, folk music, opera, jazz, country music, early rhythm and blues, musical theater, experimental music, electronic music, early rock and Native American music from the United States. Complete original liner notes and essays from independent record labels and sound archives, and
Naxos Music Library: A collection of Western classical music including classical music, jazz, world, folk and Chinese music. Includes notes and biographical information on composers and artists.

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

See Reference:

  • The Marian Koshland Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library is located in Valley Life Sciences Building
  • For help with researching a topic or finding books, articles, statistics, etc., come to the Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library Reference Desk:
    Mon-Fri 1-3 PM;
    or call (510) 642-0456 during those same times
  • Librarians have office hours at the SPH DREAM Office (BWW, 2nd floor) Thursday 1-3 and Friday 11-1; no appointment necessary
  • For help at other times, 24/7 IM chat reference and email reference are available
  • You can also email us directly (see top of this page) to schedule a research appointment.
  • Check out the Searching Literature Effectively Guide
  • Library instruction sessions (finding data, 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 Library's Circulation Desk or call (510) 642-2531
  • You can search for study spaces (carrels, groups study rooms, etc.) in the UCB libraries
  • The Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library (as well as the other UCB libraries) have public PCs with Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Pro, R, and other programs.
    We will also loan you a laptop.
  • You can also borrow a calculator from some libraries; the SPH DREAM Office also loans calculators

  • » TIP: All UCB students are eligible for free software including Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Cloud
» » » » » » After today's session, take the SPH Library Quiz ( for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card!
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