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Media Studies 130: Research Methods in Media Studies Fall 2019: Finding Books

Sample Searches in OskiCat and MELVYL

Sample searches in OskiCat or MELVYL

gender advertis*

look at long form of relevant records and try out official subject headings

subject:  sex role in advertising

* = truncation or wildcard symbol; child* - child, childs, children, childish, childhood...


  • you may limit your results to Berkeley
  • to borrow materials owned by other campuses, use the Request button
  • pull down the "University of California Libraries" menu to "Libraries Worldwide" to search thousands of libraries

in most library catalogs you may:

  • modify your searches or use Advanced searching to limit results to English, specify years of publication, limit to a library location, limit to a format (videos, manuscripts, etc.)
  • save items to a list and e-mail the list to yourself

ebrary = ebooks

ebrary is our largest collection of full text ebooks, with nearly 50,000 titles on a wide range of subjects. Find them in the UCB catalog, OskiCat (keyword: ebrary or limit to "Available Online"), or search the ebrary site directly:

Search ebrary


Getting started with ebrary

You do allow embedded content.

Google Books

Google Books contains millions of scanned books, from libraries and publishers worldwide. You can search the entire text of the books, view previews or "snippets" from books that are still in copyright, and read the full text of out-of-copyright (pre-1923) books.  Want to read the entire text of an in-copyright book?  Use Google Books' Find in a Library link to locate the book in a UC Berkeley library, or search OskiCat to see if UC Berkeley owns the book.

Why use Google Books?

Library catalogs (like OskiCat) don't search inside books; using a library catalog, you can search only information about the book (title, author, Library of Congress subject headings, etc.).  Google Books will let you search inside books, which can be very useful for hard-to-find information.  Try it now:

Google Book Search