AFR AM R1B: African American authors

The "right" tool for the job

It's hard to find what you need, if you're looking in the "wrong" place. Choose a resource that includes the kinds of materials needed.

  • Books & articles: You're likely to need the library catalog and an article database for your assignment. Which one, and when, depends on what you already know and the kind of materials sought.

    • if you already have a citation for an item, or you want to find books on your topic, you can start with the catalog
    • if you want to isolate articles or essays on a topic, you'll need to use an "article" database
    • the details

  • Encyclopedias provide brief background information

Library catalogs

List what a library owns, its location and availability...

  • OskiCat is the UCB libraries' catalog
    • books, journals, films, etc.
  • access via CATALOGS tab
    on the UCB Library website

    catalogs' menu

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Article databases & other electronic resources

  • access is via FIND INFORMATION tab on UCB Library website

  • Graphic of Find Information tab

  • electronic resources are viewable by subject or by the general (interdisciplinary) category
    • Recommended sun = central, typically helpful resources
    • the sidebar menu (links to other types of resources for the selected subject)
  • electronic resources can also be viewed by type (news databases, encyclopedias, etc.)
  • the database description =
    • subject(s)
    • type of materials
    • dates of publication
    • if results' full text is available
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Where is the article?

UC-eLinks graphic  Many library databases incorporate the UC-eLinks feature. You use it when a result's text is not provided by the database searched. It checks the UC-wide collections to see if the source is available elsewhere...

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Background information

Encyclopedias are often a good place to begin when you don't know much about a topic. They provide basic background information, the knowledge of which helps when searching for other materials: identify people, events, issues, etc. Entries may also have an associated bibliography that identifies other materials related to a topic.

Online Access...

  • review information in electronic resources section, above
  • link to e-resources by Subject > then use left sidebar menu to link to (subject specific) encyclopedias
  • or, link by Type >  Encyclopedias and almanacs (all of them)

To find print encyclopedias, use OskiCat

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Last Update: June 01, 2011 16:09