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

Food Studies: Books, eBooks

Books, articles & more

Start Your Search [UC Berkeley Discovery Tool] Guide to Start Your Search: What's Included.

Oskicat [UC Berkeley]

  • Search for books, e-books, journals, dissertations, reports, materials by topic, author or series.
  • Renew your books
  • Find course reserves
  • Request items from other libraries, from storage, or checked out by other patrons
  • Refine your search to a specific library, available items or online items.

Melvyl  [UC, selected UCB libraries not in Oskicat]

  • Search for articles,books, ebooks, journals, dissertations from UCB-subscribed journals
  • Search libraries worldwide
  • Request items UCB does not own, create and save lists, automatically format citations.

Google Books

  • Search the full text of books Google has scanned
  • Read the full text of most out-of-copyright books
  • View previews or snippets from many books still in copyright
  • Find in a library link will locate the book if it is owned by UC Berkeley

Sample searches

OskiCat: enter keywords:  cooking American
use truncation / wildcard for variant word endings: example:
cook* =cookery, cooking, cookbook(S)
For subject searches use the following terms: 
    barbecuing
     cooking, American - western style
     cooking west
     cookbooks - west
     fireplace cooking
     food habits - California
     food habits - history
     food - history
     gastronomy
     outdoor cooking
     Cooking western

broaden and narrow your searches: keywords: Outdoor cooking California
advanced search cookery Chinese language: English
year of publication: after 1945 before 1990

Search the name of a person or organization, as an author or topic:
author: Waters, Alice
author: united states food and drug administration

Try these OskiCat features:

  • limit your search to a type of material (DVDs) or a library location (BIOS)
  • save items to a list you can e-mail/download/print
  • Use Request to recall or page a book
  • Use Request for items from storage (NRLF)
  • view a list of items you have checked out
  • send call numbers to your cell phone
  • receive alerts of new items that match your search terms ("preferred search")

Online Resources

Dissertations & Theses

The ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database indexes graduate dissertations from over a thousand graduate school and universities, and includes full-text access to dissertations published since 1997. The database also includes full-text dissertations from the University of California from:

  • September 1962 - December 1970 and
  • December 1975 - present

If you can't find a specific UC Berkeley dissertation on ProQuest, go to Oskicat and choose to limit your search to "Dissertations/Theses" using the dropdown on the far right of the search page:

If you're not on campus, and you are not a UC Berkeley student, faculty or staff member, you may be able to access UC Berkeley dissertations for a fee from ProQuest's Dissertation Express or, for items in our collection, using our photoduplication services.