OskiCat or Article Database ?
It's important to use the right tool for the job. Choosing the "right" resource means choosing a database that finds you the kind of materials you need.
You are likely to need to use both the UCB Library catalog (OskiCat) and an article database. Which you use, and at what point in the research process, depends on what you already know and the kind of materials you're seeking.
In a nutshell: if you already have a citation (i.e. you want to find a known item), you can start with the catalog. If you only have a topic and wish to isolate articles or essays on the topic, you'll need to use an article database first (Details about these two types of resources, when to use what, and locating results).
Catalogs list library collections, item locations, and availability.
- OskiCat is the UCB libraries' catalog
- find books, journals, films, etc.
- sample catalog record
- link to via CATALOGS tab on library website
Article databases & other electronic resources
Article databases identify articles on a topic (sometimes more than articles).
- available via Electronic resources link on library website
- view for specific subject or view general (interdisciplinary) category
- Recommended = central resource, typically helpful
- sidebar menu (links to other types of resources in selected subject)
- view alphabetically by type (news databases, encyclopedias, etc.)
- database descriptions = subject(s), type of materials, dates of publication, if full text available
Primary sources were either created during the time period being studied or were created at a later date by a participant in the events being studied....They reflect the individual viewpoint of a participant or observer. Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period
- Library guide (in depth examination of finding historical primary sources)
- For Your Assignment: Popular media coverage (newspapers, television, magazines) provides easily accessible access to primary source material. Other kinds exist, and will largely be identified by reviewing secondary source literature on your topic. (see class notes for specific suggestions)