UCB: Use OskiCat to find books related to your topic at UC Berkeley. Oskicat will show you where it's located, and will also show you the Library of Congress Subject Heading -- which can help you find material other relevant books.
UC: Not enough books at Berkeley? Use Melvyl to find more books at other campuses in the UC system. Clickon the REQUEST button (in the detailed view of a catalog record) to request the item through Interlibrary Loan.
Google Books: Library catalogs don't search inside of books. Google Books can help you identify the book you need, then click on "Find in a Library" to see if we have it.
UC eLinks and Citation Linker
Sometimes the database you search doesn't link to the fulltext -- it only gives the citation. Click the button to see if Berkeley has it online, and if not, it will check for a print version. And if we don't have it at all, it lets you request it through Interlibrary Loan.
What if there isn't a button??? Sometimes you find an article in a bibliography, a book or a footnote -- and you want to see if we have it. The Citation Linker searches through our online databases to see if it's available fulltext. If not, it sets up a search for the paper journal in Melvyl. And if we don't have it at Berkeley, it lets you request it through Interlibrary Loan.
Full-text Access: Some fulltext UC dissertations (after 1996) can be found online by searching Dissertations & Theses @ University of California which also finds citations and abstracts for some UC dissertations prior to 1996. Berkeley dissertations prior to 1996 (in print) may be found by searching the Library catalogs. Dissertations done at other UC campuses prior to 1996 or ouside the UC system must be obtained through Interlibrary Loan or using the "Request" option in Melvyl. (NOTE: most dissertations can't be borrowed. If there is one you must have, contact your librarian about whether it's possible to buy a copy for our library.)
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Please note: this course guide was created during a previous semester, and is no longer being actively maintained. For a list of current course guides, please see http://lib.berkeley.edu/alacarte/course-guides.
We have hundreds of research databases which help you find articles (and more) on a wide variety of topics. They are organized according to academic discipline, by name, or by type of database (newspapers, articles, dissertations, etc.) A few of the core resources for this class are listed below.
Social Services Abstracts
Indexes journals in social work, human services, and social policy. (Search all CSA/Illumina Social Sciences databases.)
Social Work Abstracts
Indexes hundreds of journals related to social work on a wide range of topics.
Core database in sociology, many overlaps with social welfare.(Search all CSA/Illumina Social Sciences databases.)
Political science and public policy. Indexes government documents, international in focus. (Search all CSA/Illumina Social Sciences databases.)
The most comprehensive index to scholarly journal articles in economics, including development and radical economics.
Indexes books, journals, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, and web sources related to public policy, politics, economics, and social issues worldwide. Includes publications from over 120 countries. Some of the indexed materials are published in French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. The Archive covers English-language material only. (Search all CSA/Illumina Social Sciences databases.)
Indexes over 1300 journals, conference proceedings, books, reports, and dissertations in psychology and enriched with literature from psychiatry, education, business, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, law, linguistics, and social work. (Search all CSA/Illumina Social Sciences databases.)
Sometimes encyclopedias and handbooks can help you get an overview of a particular theory or theoretical approach, and will also provide citations for additional books and articles. Here are some that might be useful for this course:
- International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (IESBS) You can search on "social justice" as a phrase and combine that with the word theory. The search retrieves survey articles on many different theoretical approaches and from many social science disciplines.
- Oxford Handbooks Online: Political Science See Political Theory for example.
- Social Theory Fulltext database of the writings of major sociological theorists.
- No social science without critical theory edited by Harry F. Dahms.
- Social Justice: theories, issues and movements, by Loretta Capeheart and Dragan Milovanovic.