ScienceDirect downtime January 7

Elsevier ScienceDirect resources will be down for maintenance from 5:30am until approximately 6:30pm on Saturday January 7.

ScienceDirect includes more than 2500 journals and 11,000 books, in all scientific discplines.  For a partial list of titles affected, search "sciencedirect" in OskiCat.  For a list of reference sources affected, search "sciencedirect" here.


Jan 06, 2012 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Melvyl adds more journal articles, e-book links

Two significant enhancements have been made to Melvyl, the discovery tool of the UC libraries.

Expanded content
In a pilot project during Spring 2012, Melvyl has been enriched with several million new journal articles and other documents from a wide range of databases, particularly in the humanities and social sciences.

Some important tips:

  • Links in the left sidebar let you narrow your search to just articles, or to focus on items from particular databases.

  • Melvyl will display citations to articles, and in some cases abstracts, with the full text accessible through the yellow UC-eLinks button or other links provided.

  • The Advanced Search screen lets you control which databases are searched.
  • Search results may vary from what could be obtained by searching the individual databases separately.
  • The additional licensed content is available to those on the UC Berkeley campus, or who are connecting from elsewhere using our proxy server or Virtual Private Network (VPN) system. Other off-campus users may see a login prompt, with a "continue as guest" option which will still let them search library holdings in Melvyl.

For more information, see:
» Expanded article content in Melvyl® (DOC)
» Melvyl Quick Reference Guide (PDF)
» Changes in off-campus access to Melvyl
» Guide to Library Catalogs

Improved access to some e-books

Melvyl search results now include "View Now" links that provide convenient access to freely available full text items, such as e-books in the HathiTrust Digital Library. If the full text of the item is not available (e.g., for copyright reasons), the link will not appear.

For more information, see:
» FAQ on the View Now link
» Find Books and E-books

Jan 06, 2012 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

Changes in off-campus access to Melvyl

Updated 1/7/12

A pilot project in Spring 2012 is adding millions of licensed journal articles to Melvyl, the discovery tool of the UC libraries.  As a result, some off-campus users will now encounter login prompts when starting a search in Melvyl.  Anyone can still use Melvyl as a UC-wide and worldwide library catalog, but the licensed items are available only to those with UC Berkeley access privileges.

  • Those who use the library proxy server may see the same CalNet or PIN login prompt they normally see when going to a journal article or other licensed resource.   This prompt will only appear if you haven't already used the proxy server in the current browser session.  After logging in, you should be able to access journal articles and other licensed resources without further prompts.
  • Those who are connecting with the Virtual Private Network (VPN) system, and those whose computers are on the campus network (including AirBears) do not get a login prompt when using Melvyl, and can continue to access journal articles and other licensed resources.
  • Off-campus users who are not using either the proxy server or VPN will see this pop-up window when doing a search in Melvyl. 

    Melvyl popup window

    Those who choose "continue as guest" do not need to log in.  As before, they are not able to access journal articles and other licensed resources, but can still use Melvyl as a UC-wide and worldwide library catalog.

If you experience differs from what's described above, please use this form to report it, giving details of your situation.


Jan 02, 2012 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

What you can do when the library is closed

Here are some things you can do through the library website at times when the libraries are closed.

Most of these resources are available only to UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff; for details, see Connecting from Off Campus.

  • Search OskiCat and compile a list of items to get after we reopen.  You can also save "preferred searches" to re-run later on, and be notified when we get new items matching those searches.  [Details]

  • Read an e-book.  OskiCat has links to over 400,000 online items.  To limit your search to these, pull down the menu labeled "Entire Collection" and click on the first option, "Available Online."

  • Look up journal, magazine, and newspaper articles in our article databases.  In many cases, you can read the full text of the article online.

  • Explore over 1,000 electronic resources, including archives, book and film reviews, image and sound databases, encyclopedias, atlases, and much more.

  • Listen to past programs in the City Arts & Lectures radio series or recordings from the Free Speech Movement of the 1960s.

  • Pay a virtual visit to our online exhibits, many containing material not available elsewhere.
Dec 15, 2011 | Categories: Library News | dmoore

OskiCat and proxy server downtime, early Saturday morning December 17

The following services will be unavailable from 1 am through as late as 4 am on Saturday morning December 17, while we perform scheduled maintenance:

  • OskiCat, the UC Berkeley library catalog (including searching, request, and renewal functions).
  • UCB call number and availability information in Melvyl.
  • Melvyl Request login and My ILL Requests.
  • The library proxy server for accessing licensed electronic resources (VPN will still work).

Other than that, our website will not be affected.

Dec 14, 2011 | Categories: Library News | jkupersm

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