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
List what a library owns, its location and availability...
- OskiCat is the UCB libraries' catalog
- books, journals, films, etc.
- access via CATALOGS tab on UCB Library website
Article databases & other electronic resources
- access is via FIND INFORMATION tab on UCB Library website
- 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 =
- type of materials
- dates of publication
- if results' full text is available
Where is the article?
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...
- online (through a different database)
- in print (at a library)
example database results with UC-eLinks
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.
- 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 OskiCatRead more