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