HIST 139: From the Civil Rights Era to the New Gilded Age

History databases

Three important databases for research in History.

  • America: History and Life
    Indexes over 2,000 journals published worldwide on the history of the US and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes all key English-language historical journals; selected historical journals from major countries, state, and local history journals; and a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities.
  • Historical Abstracts
    Indexes over 2,000 journals, as well as historical book reviews and dissertations, published worldwide about all aspects of world history (excluding US and Canada) from 1450 to the present.
  • JSTOR
    Includes over 1000 scholarly journals with access to more than 2 million articles. JSTOR does not include the most recent 3-5 years of the journals.

African American databases

  • Oxford African American Studies Center
    More than 7,500 full text articles from major reference works, including the Encyclopedia of African American History, Black Women in America, African American National Biography, the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature, and more. Also includes images, maps, charts, tables, timelines, and primary source documents.
  • Black Studies Center (BSC)
    Includes three modules: The Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience which includes interdisciplinary essays on the Black Experience; International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP), a database covering some 150 scholarly and popular Black Studies journals, many of them in full text; and the full text backfile of the influential black newspaper The Chicago Defender (1910-1975).
  • Academic Search Complete
    A multidisciplinary index to articles in more than 10,900 journals and other publications.
  • America: History and Life
    Indexes over 2,000 journals published worldwide on the history of the US and Canada from prehistory to the present.

Finding Other Databases

Search an article database to find citations (title, author, title of journal, date, page numbers) for articles on a particular topic.  The Library gives you access to over 200 article databases covering different disciplines.

1.  Think about which academic disciplines might write about your topic.  Examples:  literature, film, anthropology, history...

2.  Find the appropriate article database by subject (academic discipline or department).  Look for "Recommended" databases.

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject

3.  You may need databases that cover diffferent types of materials - historical or ethnic newspapers, congressional information, primary sources, etc:

Library home > Electronic Resources > Electronic Resources, Types A-Z >

Find an Article from a Citation

Here's a citation for an article...how do you find the whole article?

Gaultney, J. F. (2010). The Prevalence of Sleep Disorders in College Students: Impact on Academic Performance. Journal of American College Health, 59(2), 91-97

This citation is for an article by J. F. Gaultney, published in 2010 in the Journal of American College Health, a scholarly, peer-reviewed journal. It's part of volume 59, issue 2 of this journal, and was printed on pages 91-97. There are several ways of determining if the article you're looking for is available at Berkeley, in electronic or printed format:

Option 1: Use Google Scholar to locate a citation for the article, and UC-eLinks to retrieve the full text.

Paste or type the citation into Google and pull down the Google Scholar tool. Here's how:

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Remember to set up off-campus access if you're off-campus. Here's a brief video that shows what to do if you don't see UC-eLinks in your search results.

Note: Google Scholar does not cover all publishers, and many journals indexed by Google Scholar have partial coverage only (some years/volumes missing). Also, not all articles found through Google Scholar will be available online. If you can't find the full text of your article this way, read on for more options!

Option 2: Look up the journal title in OskiCat or Melvyl.

You can also search for the title of the journal (NOT the article title!) in either OskiCat or Melvyl.  They will tell you:
  • if we subscribe to the journal you're looking for
  • which years we have
  • whether our subscription is print ("hard-copy") or online
  • what the call number is (for print journals)
  • where to find the journal online (for online journals)
  • what's the latest print issue we've received (OskiCat only)

Click this link for a 45-second demo.

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Navigating Article Search Results in ANY Database

Ask yourself these questions, in order, about any citation for an article you want. Stop when the answer is yes. Keep going if you answer no.

1. Is there a full-text link or PDF icon? YES: Fantastic! Click on it. Then read it, print it, or email it. Stop here. NO: Go to #2.

2. Do you see a gold UC-eLinks icon?

YES: Good! Click on it, and then go to #3. (If it automatically opens the article for you, then stop here. Now you can read it, or email it.) NO: Then you'll need to open a new tab or window and go to oskicat.berkeley.edu. Do a title search for the title of the journal. Click on the journal title in the results and see if the volume and date you need are listed or whould be covered by the "Library Has" line. If so, write down the location and Call No., and then find the volume on the shelf. Stop here. If we don't have it at all, and you have a few days working leading time, then go to http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/services/interlibrary_loan.html#borrowing to order a scanned copy from another library.
3. Now is there a link under "Get it online?" YES: Click on the link (if there is more than one, make sure the link you choose includes the year you need), find the article, and read it, print it, or email it. Stop here. NO: Go to #4.
4. Do we have the journal in print? Click on "Check the UCB Library Catalog: OskiCat" link. YES: Click on the journal title and see if the volume and date you need are listed or would be covered by the "Library Has" line. If so, write down the location and Call No., and then find the volume on the shelf. NO: Go to #5
5. Do you have time to wait for it to come from another library (2+ working days)? YES: Then click on the "Request this from another library" link. Fill out the info on the REquest form. You'll receive an email with a link to the article when it has been scanned and sent. Stop here. NO: Go to #6
6. Are there other articles in the results that might work for you? YES: Click on the journal title and see if the volume and date you need are listed or would be covered by the "Library Has" line. If so, write down the location and Call No., and then find the volume on the shelf. NO: Go to #5

Modified from document created by Laura McClanathan, UCSC.

Where's the PDF?

Many article databases contain information about articles (citations or abstracts), not the entire text of the article.  Once you've used an article database to find articles on your topic, you may need to use this button:uc-eLinks button in order to locate and read the full text of the article. The UC-eLinks button appears in nearly all the databases available from the UCB Library website.

UC-eLinks will link you to the online full text of an article if UCB has paid for online access; otherwise, UC-eLinks will help you locate a print copy on the shelf in the library. If UCB doesn't own the article in print or online format, UC-eLinks can also help you order a copy from another library.

For more information, watch this video tutorial (about 4 min.)

You can also set up UC-eLinks to work with Google Scholar.  For more information, watch this 40-second demo.

Last Update: February 11, 2014 09:22