The "right" tool for the job
It's hard to find what you need if you're looking in the "wrong" place. Choose a resource that includes the kinds of materials you need.
Looking for books & articles ? You're likely to need both the library catalog and an article database. Which one, and when, depends.
- start with a catalog
- if you already have a citation for an item
- if you want to find books on a topic
- start with an article database
- if you need to isolate articles or essays on a topic
- what you need to know...
List what a library owns, its location and availability...
- OskiCat is the UCB libraries' catalog
- books, journals, films, etc.
- access via CATALOGS tab on UCB Library website
Article databases & other electronic resources
- access is via FIND INFORMATION tab on UCB Library website
- electronic resources are viewable by subject or by the general (interdisciplinary) category
- article databases shown by default
- sidebar menu links to other types of resources
- Recommended sun = central, typically helpful resources
- database description typically includes
- type of materials
- dates of publication
- if results' full text is available
- resources can also be viewed by type
- image and sound databases
- news databases, etc.
Where is the article?
Many library databases incorporate the UC-eLinks feature. You use it when a result's text is not provided by the database searched. It checks the UC-wide collections to see if the source is available elsewhere...
- online (through a different database)
- in print (at a library)
example database results with UC-eLinks
Need a place to begin ?
If you have a topic but don't know much about it, encyclopedias can provide background that will help you get started and search more effectively.
- identify the people, events, issues, etc., related to your topic
- entries often have a bibliography that identifies materials related to their topic
- online encyclopedias
- for access, review information in electronic resources section, above
- print encyclopedias
- search OskiCat for library location