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Library Resources for SPH Staff

Presented January 20, 2021

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Note: If you think of something that should be added to this guide, please let me know!

UC Berkeley Library Home Page;

Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library Home Page

Books, online books, etc

13 million volumes: The UC Berkeley library probably has a book on your topic! Use OskiCat to find books.

Cool stuff includes:

The Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library has a cookbook collection: thousands of items from the 17th century to today.

The library also has about 1.5 million works of fiction from all over the world and in many languages. Note: You can limit an OskiCat search by language, if desired.

Use Overdrive for popular online books and audiobooks. Most Overdrive books may be read on tablets, Kindles, etc.

Use the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service to read UC library books online during COVID-19 closure. Millions of books are available for online reading, including on a phone or tablet, but, alas, no downloading/printing allowed with this service.

Use Oski Xpress (contactless pickup) to fetch print books during COVID closure.

If we don't have it, try Interlibrary Borrowing: they will find it somewhere and get it to you! (But note that entire books can not be requested from ILB right now...)

Note: Books you have checked out should have a due ate of Feb. 1, 2021. Due dates may no longer be automatically extended, so please either return books (if possible) or renew.

Handbooks, encyclopedias, etc

Our many subscriptions includes style manuals, lab protocols, tests & scales, standards, directories, drug & toxicology works, and more.

Articles and research

The library subscribes to hundreds of article databases, from the familiar PubMed, to databases on other topics, from history to Chinese literature to chemistry to business.

I made a guide to databases in public health; you may also be particularly interested in ERIC, a database of education literature. For other subjects, see below:

The current list of all UCB databases is here; there are 1,416 as of today (January 5):

  • Use the Subjects menu to limit to databases on your subject of interest, whether it be public health, African American studies, folklore, music, urban design, or any of several dozen subjects.
  • Use the Database Types menu to limit by format: atlases & maps, archival collections, handbooks & manuals, laws & regulations, market research & industry analysis, images, and many more.

Again, if we don't have it, try Interlibrary Borrowing: they will find it somewhere and get it to you!

Video & audio

The library provides access to video and more, both for your work and for your entertainment. A few places to look for cool stuff when your tired of Star Trek reruns on Netflix; keep in mind that individual film titles may also be found in OskiCat:

Want to treat your ears to something new?:

And, when campus reopens, please take advantage of the Graphic Arts Loan Collection: Borrow real art for your home or office. Includes works by Hiroshige Ando; Claudia Bernardi; Marc Chagall; Shiro Ikegawa; Yolanda M. Lopez; Roberto Matta; Gino Scarpa; and many more.


The library subscribes to dozens of online news sources and databases from all over the world; you can also use OskiCat to look for a particular news source/newspaper.

Check out my News Guide which has links to many health and other news sources, including links to major dailies like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and more. Most of these we have access back to the very first issue, up to today's paper.

Company and industry research

Use the Business Database Finder, from the Business Library, to guide you to the right resources: information is available on companies, market research, industries, finances, and more -- from the US and across the globe.

One of my favorites is IBISWorld: current information on supply chains, major players, market shares, globalization, revenues, regulation, SWOT analyses, and much more.

Statistics & data

Statistics are an excellent way to learn about your community.

My guide to health statistics and data has links to dozens of websites and databases to find this information. Resources are organized by geography, topic, population group, and more. If you can't find what you need, ask the Public Health Librarian.

Continuing education

There are a ton of resources available for learning new skills or honing your existing skills. The Continuing Education information on my alumni guide lists several free sources. In addition, here are some more:

Borrow devices and equipment

Once the libraries reopen, you can borrow projectors, microphones, cables/adapters, poster tubes, headphones, white boards, tripods, and more!

Info is on this guide.

Moffitt Makerspace

Moffitt Makerspace has a 3-D printer, sewing machines, button makers, vinyl cutter, and more. Alas, it is closed right now, but they have classes via Zoom: embroidery, knitting, Illustrator for vinyl cutting, sewing. Information here.


Off Campus Access to Library Resources

Off-campus access is limited to current UCB faculty, staff and students. Choose one of the following methods:

Library Proxy (aka EZproxy) 
When you click on a link to an article, database, etc., (from a library web page) you will be prompted to authenticate via CalNet.
If you click on an article (etc.) link found via a search engine or a non-UCB Library webpage, you will need to use a bookmarklet to access the licensed resource.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Download and install the VPN client to allow access the UC Berkeley licensed resources.
Make sure you select Library Access - Full Tunnel VPN when you log on

UC Berkeley Wi-Fi Options

Here is information on UCB Wi-Fi Options, including AirBears2 and Eduroam

Use Eduroam to access UC Berkeley online resources at UCB, or while at another participating institution.
AirBears2 only works at UCB.
CalVisitor is a public network and will not allow access to UCB licensed resources (articles, databases, etc.)

Both AirBears2 and Eduroam require you to set a Google Key

Free software

The campus offers free software to staff for your work or personal devices: Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat DC, etc.), and more.

Campus also offers free access to Lastpass Premium: a secure password management tool.

Public Health Librarian

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Michael Sholinbeck

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