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The UCB Library Guide to Citing Your Sources discusses why you should cite your sources and links to campus resources about plagiarism. It also includes links to guides for frequently used citation styles. Also:
You can access UCB Library resources from off campus or via your laptop or other mobile device using one of two simple methods:
After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID or Library PIN when you click on the link to a licensed resource. See the setup instructions, FAQ, and Troubleshooting pages to configure your browser.
Examples of reference sources for background information:
Oxford Reference Online - Literature (online!)
includes the Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms
For more, search OskiCat (examples):
middle ages women encyclopedias
or ask for research assistance
To find books, DVDs, maps, sound recordings, manuscripts, and much more - everything except articles - use a library catalog.
OskiCat = most UC Berkeley libraries
MELVYL = all UC campus libraries, including all UC Berkeley libraries
What's the difference? more details here
For each item make sure you know the name of the physical library, call number, and whether or not it's checked out, library use only, etc.
Start with OskiCat to find literary criticism in book form in the UCB libraries.
Criticism on very famous works may be searched using the title of the literary work, but don't forget to search by author:
idylls of the king criticism
alfred tennyson criticism
or by keywords:
morte d'arthur textual
For each item make sure you know the name of the physical library, call number, and whether it's checked out, library use only, etc.
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
Search strategies for MLA Bibliography:
1. Search by title of the literary work (example: morte darthur)
(NOTE: morte d'arthur with apostrophe retrieves far fewer items!)
2. If you need to retrieve more items, search by the author's name (ex: white, t h)
3. If you have to combine separate search terms, put them in separate lines:
4. Look through your search results for useful search terms; combine them with author's names or other search terms. Use the truncation symbol/wildcard * to retrieve variant word endings:
idylls of the king
women or fem*
If necessary, check off "english only" to eliminate materials in French, Italian, etc.
Once you've searched a database to find articles, you may need to use to link to a PDF or html file if the full text is not immediately available. Each database is a bit different, but a good rule of thumb is this: when you see the Uc-eLinks icon click on it to view your article access options, which can range from full text to a call number to an Interlibrary Loan request:
For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.
From the Library home page to searching MLA Bibliography and using UC e-links to find the library location of the journal both online and in the libraries (via the MELVYL catalog):
Use the Advanced Search for more searching options.
Please note that Google Books search results do not necessarily include the full text of the book; some include no text at all, some include a limited preview (only some pages of the book).
When you use Google Scholar, make sure to update your Scholar Preferences (see below) so you'll be able to use UC e-links to find the UC Berkeley library locations/online availability of the articles.
Step 1: If you haven't already done this, set up your proxy server access by following the directions at http://proxy.lib.berkeley.edu/. When you get to a point where you are accessing resources that the Library pays for, you will be prompted for your CalNet ID and password. For more help see: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/doemoff/tutorials/proxy.html
Step 2: Change your “Scholar Preferences.” Access these by clicking on the small icon in the upper right of the screen.
Step 3: In search box next to "Library Links," type in University of California Berkeley and click on “Find Library”
Step 4: Check all the boxes next to "University of California Berkeley"
Step 5: Click on "Save Preferences" at bottom of page
Research Advisory Service for Cal Undergraduates
Book a 30-minute appointment with a librarian who will help refine and focus research inquiries, identify useful online and print sources, and develop search strategies for humanities and social sciences topics (examples of research topics).
Schedule, view, edit or cancel your appointment online (CalNetID required)
This service is for Cal undergraduates only. Graduate students and faculty should contact the library liaison to their department or program for specialized reference consultations.
Other ways to get help: in person, by e-mail, using specialized chat services
Please take a few minutes to give me some feedback about the library workshop and this course page! Anonymously, of course.
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