COLWRIT 4B: Dying for Beauty

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Course page for College Writing 4B, Instructor: Yuet-Sim Chiang

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Keywords - Brainstorming

Developing appropriate keywords/search terms is an essential part of research.  First, break your topic into components.  Develop a list of synonyms and alternative terminology for each component.  Think about broader and narrower concepts and word variants.  What words can you exclude?

Topic: Image of African American Women in Advertising

image(s) or stereotyp(es)(ing) or depict(ion) or portray(al)...

african american(s) or black(s) or minorit(y)(ies)

women or gender

advertis(e)(ing) or media

Remember to be creative with your terminology!  More examples:

people of color and environmental activism*
environmental justice
environmental justice and hazardous waste*
environmental equity
environmental discrimination
environmental racism
environmental injustice

Brainstorming Academic Disciplines

Example:

Topic:  Image of African American women in advertising

potentially relevant disciplines:

African American Studies
Gender and Women's Studies
Ethnic Studies
Media Studies
Psychology
Sociology
Business
etc.

 

Article 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

Searching Article Databases

Sample searches in CSA Illumina Social Sciences database (scholarly social science database)

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Sociology > Sociological Abstracts:  CSA Illumina Social Sciences

1.  a search using keywords, phrase searching, truncation, alternate terms:

     african american*       or      black*      (keywords)
     hair                                                   (keywords)
     straighten*                or      relax*       (keywords)

keywords = searches most important parts of each item:  title, abstract, descriptors (official subject terms)

phrase = 2 or more words that should be found together (ex:  global warming)

truncation/wildcards:  allows for variant word endings (child* = child, childs, childish, childhood, children...)

to find more:  take out terms:

     african american*        or        black*       (keywords)
     hair                                                      (keywords)

Watch a 3 minute movie:  accessing CSA Illumina Social Sciences, searching, revising a search, using descriptors, saving items to a list, e-mailing the list!

Sample searches in Academic Search Complete: (interdisciplinary database)

Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > Academic Search Complete

     cosmetic surgery     (select a field - optional)
     colleg*                   (select a field - optional)
     women                    (select a field - optional)

Academic Search Complete:  The Movie!

Search Results

UC-eLinks - Find Article Text/Location

Once you've searched a database to find articles, you may need to use UC-eLinks orange logo 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:

UC e-Links image

For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.

Catalogs

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.

Call numbers are on the spine of the book; learn how to read them so you can find what you need on the shelves.

Searching OskiCat

1.  a keyword search:

     keywords:  weight perception

2.  find an item that looks interesting; note official subject headings in the full display:

     body image in women social aspects
     body image in women psychological aspects
     advertising psychological aspects
     beauty personal social aspects
     beauty personal psychological aspects

keep looking items you find when you do these new searches and you'll find other terms:

     body weight social aspects
     body weight psychological aspects

which might give you ideas - you can add some of these terms to other terms:

     surgery plastic social aspects

3.  Truncation/wildcards

     keywords:     advertis* beauty
                                advertis* cosmetic*

advertis* = advertise, advertising, advertisement, advertisements...

4.  Use alternative terms if needed:

     keywords:   multicultural beauty

try again:

     keywords:  cultural* beauty

5.  use broader terms if needed

     keywords:  gang* beauty

try again:

     keywords:  gang* women

6.  browse a list of subject headings

     subject begins with:     beauty

      subject begins with:     barbie

Also:

Want to see that agin? Watch OskiCat: The Movie

 

SMS and QR Codes in OskiCat

You can now text yourself a call number or use a QR code reader to find the location of an item in the UCB Library. Just click on a title in your OskiCat search results, and both options will be displayed on the right.

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Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, organize and store your PDFs, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.  Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but all are easier than doing it by hand!

  1. Zotero: A free plug-in for the Firefox browser: keeps copies of what you find on the web, permits tagging, notation, full text searching of your library of resources, works with Word, and has a free web backup service. Zotero is also available as a stand-alone application that syncs with Chrome and Safari, or as a bookmarklet for mobile browsers.
  2. RefWorks - web-based and free for UC Berkeley users. It allows you to create your own database by importing references and using them for footnotes and bibliographies, then works with Word to help you format references and a bibliography for your paper. Use the RefWorks New User Form to sign up.
  3. EndNote: Desktop software for managing your references and formatting bibliographies. You can purchase EndNote from the Cal Student Store

Tip: After creating a bibliography with a citation management tool, it's always good to double check the formatting; sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.

Google Research Tools

Google Scholar is an easy way to do interdisciplinary research, and with some settings changes can become even more useful.  You may need a Google account to use some of these features.

Open Scholar.  Click on scholar preferences [upper right corner]. Under Library Links, enter the word Berkeley.  Choose  UC Berkeley eLinks and Open WorldCat - Library Search and Save your preferences.  UC e-links will now appear in Google Scholar search results.

Do your search in Google Scholar. Look in the green toolbar for the envelope icon, and click it.  New items will be sent to your email account as they are found by Google.

Do a Google Scholar search. Click on the "Cited by" link under a citation and select the "Search within articles citing..." checkbox.

Specialized Resources

Ad Access
     Images of American advertisements between 1911-1955.  From Duke University.

Media Resources Center list of videos and DVDs:  Women's Bodies/Body Image

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Research Advisory Service

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.

Getting Help

Other ways to get help:  in person, by e-mail, using specialized chat services

And of course:  e-mail Corliss or email Theresa (Bancroft Library)

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