Frequently Asked Questions
You are always welcome to contact the Public Health Librarian Michael Sholinbeck for any library questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are 2 methods: VPN and Library Proxy. All information, including step-by-step setup and troubleshooting, is on this web page: https://www.lib.berkeley.edu/using-the-libraries/connect-off-campus.
It is also a good idea to keep your browser(s) up to date.
There are a few easy ways to see if UC Berkeley has access to a particular article:
- Find the article in PubMed (or other appropriate database), then click the “Get It At UC” button to see if you are given access.
- You can set up Google Scholar such that “Get it at UC” shows there as well:
- Click the 3 lines at the top left
- Click Settings (Gear icon)
- Click Library links, top left
- Type berkeley in the box and search
- Select any UC Berkeley checkboxes, then click Save
- Search the article title in UC Library Search to see if online access is indicated.
- If you are unable to locate online access to an article, use the library’s Interlibrary Borrowing service; they will find and fetch it for you. Easiest way: when you use Get It At UC, and there is no online article access, click the “Request through Interlibrary Loan ” link to start the process. Generally, articles will be emailed to you within a couple of days; sometimes it takes longer; sometimes it only takes a couple of hours!
- Best bet: contact the Public Health Librarian, Michael Sholinbeck: email@example.com.
- For additional guidance, take a look at the OOMPH Library Orientation Guide, available at https://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/publichealth/oomph/starting.
UC Berkeley has access to a lot of stuff: audio, video, news, business information, images, and more. In addition, the public health librarian has created many topical resource guides such as AIDS/HIV, Cancer, Health Equity, Nutrition, and more. Ask your librarian if you cannot find what you need.
You can also search for what you seek by title, keyword, etc., in UC Library Search, the UC-wide catalog.
Take a look at this citation management guide: https://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/publichealth/citations for tips on using Zotero and other such programs. And this guide: https://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/publichealth/style/ has information on styles, as well as on submitting manuscripts to journals.
Start at the Health Statistics & Data guide, https://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/publichealth/healthstatistics/. It’s organized by geography,, topic, population group, and more. If you cannot easily find what you need, please contact the public health librarian.
The library loans out laptops, ipads, projectors, cables, white boards, poster tubes, and much more. This guide, https://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/libraryequipment, has details, including which libraries load which items.
I have created a guide to post-graduation access to these kids of resources, it is available here: https://guides.lib.berkeley.edu/publichealth/alumniguide.
Contact the public health librarian any time! Michael Sholinbeck, firstname.lastname@example.org. You should get a response within 24 hours; often much quicker.