Start Your Search brings back results from the library catalog OskiCat, articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers indexed through databases (some but not all), and online encyclopedias and dictionaries like Oxford University Press.
How can you filter through the results? Here is an illustrated example:
What is the difference between Keywords/Search Terms and Subject Terms/Headings? As you start your research process, generate Keywords by doing a "Brain Dump" to write down everything you already know about your topic including:
Use these nouns as Keywords to get results, chose a few relevant articles, and browse the database results under Subject or Topics. Searching by Subject Terms/Headings is the most precise way to search article databases. Click on the comparison chart from MIT Libraries for more information:
UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff may access online materials from off-campus using:
NEW EZproxy (Guide)
A browser bookmarklet for EZproxy allows you to access licensed journals, databases and articles when you are off-campus. When you are off-campus and you land on a licensed library resource, click on your EZproxy bookmarklet. You will be prompted to authenticate via CalNet or PIN / Cal 1 card number. You will then be redirected to the EZproxied version of the site’s url.
VPN (Virtual Private Network)
Download the campus VPN client to access licensed article databases, eBooks and eJournals.
Google Scholar is an easy way to do interdisciplinary research, and with some settings changes can become even more useful. You need a bMail or Google account to use some of these features. To make Google display links to full text of articles that Berkeley subscribes to: Open Scholar and click on Settings. Under Library Links, enter the word "Berkeley" and click search (if you are connected to the internet via the campus, Google Scholar will have the correct boxes selected for you). In the list of options that appears, check the boxes for anything University of California, Berkeley.