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You can still access the UC Berkeley Library’s services and resources during the closure. Here’s how.

Global 45: Introduction

The Library and COVID-19

Welcome to the UC Berkeley Library Global 45 research guide.  This resource is intended to help you find primary and secondary sources for the class research project on pandemics or racial justice.

We are here to provide services you can access remotely.  Please see the University Library COVID-19 Portal for UC Berkeley Library Users. The Library is maintaining a list of COVID-19 e-Resources available to the UCB community, including the ​HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS).

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See also:

Electronic Resource Finder

The Electronic Resource Finder is a complete directory of databases and information resources by subject (e.g. political science) type (e.g. encyclopedias) as well as other categories.

Catalogs and Search Engines

Find a book that matches your topic and go to the call number range to browse. Check the references and bibliography.

Start Your Search.  Books, ebooks, journal articles, JSTOR, and other content rolled into one integrated library platform. 

Google Scholar. Functions as both a key word database for articles and books. On campus it automatically connects to select licensed content held by the libraries.

Oskicat. UC Berkeley libraries catalog:  books, e-books, journal and e-journal titles, films and videos, maps, archival materials, and more. See also the Quick Guide to Oskicat and Oskicat Tutorial.

What is a Catalog?

Books and Ebooks may be located in the Oskicat catalog. Although the catalog lists many other sources the library owns think of it as the "official book finder." We also have many ebook packages that can be searched (see the books section of this guide).


When searching a database or Oskicat less is more.  Start with simple searches (two to three keywords). If you get too much, add more terms or apply limits, e.g. by language or material type. If you don't get enough try different or broader terms and use synonyms.


Useful "limits" in the catalog include a language limit and sorting by date. A useful Oskicat feature are subject headings. With these you can identify the official library terms for your topic and then see related headings.  A good way to do this is to do a keyword search, find a record for a book you like and click the subject heading. 

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