AMER STD 101: Harlem Renaissance

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Guide to Research for American Studies 101, Course Instructor: Christine Palmer

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Background Information - Reference Sources

For background information about your topic, or to look up facts, dates, terminology, or biographical information, look for reference sources.

Online:  Library home > Electronic Resources > Electronic Resources:  Types A-Z > select a type (atlases, biographical information, dictionaries, encyclopedias, image databases, etc.)

Printed reference sources:

Search OskiCat:

african american* encyclopedias
harlem renaissance encyclopedias
harlem renaissance dictionaries
jazz encyclopedias

or ask for research assistance.

Guide to Finding Primary Sources

UCB Library Guide to Finding Primary Sources

Think about:

Primary source databases for American History

Other useful links

The Media Resources Center has a list of nonprint media relating to the Harlem Renaissance

along with many other videos and DVDs relating to African American Studies

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

A Guide to Harlem Renaissance Materials at the Library of Congress

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

Sample searches in OskiCat or MELVYL (primary and secondary sources)

harlem renaissance
harlem renaissance women
cotton club
jazz new york
duke ellington
african american* newspapers new york
(limit format to journals/newspapers/magazines)
angelina weld grimke

* = truncation or wildcard symbol; child* - child, childs, children, childish, childhood...

you can also search by author:  grimke, angelina weld

in MELVYL: 

in most library catalogs you may:

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.

SMS and QR image

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

Sample Searches

Black Studies Center (primary and secondary sources)

"james vanderzee"
"james van der zee"
negrotarian*
"small's paradise"

in some databases, quotation marks are required to search for two or more terms together

Black Studies Center:  The Movie!

Historical Newspapers (ProQuest) (mostly primary sources)

cotton club              (citation and document text)

from:  1/1/1910 to 12/31/1940

to focus your search on results that are really about the Cotton Club, and don't just mention the club, try:

cotton club               (document title)

from:  1/1/1910 to 12/31/1940

another example:  an in-between search, more results than searching by title, fewer than searching all text:

a'lelia walker                  (citation and abstract)

from:  1/1/1910 to 12/31/1940

Watch the movie version!

America:  History and Life (secondary sources)

harlem renaissance       (select a field - optional)
white*                         (select a field - optional)

time period:  1900 to 1940

The America:  History and Life 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.

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.

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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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