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It's important to use the right tool for the job. Choosing the "right" resource means choosing a database that finds you the kind of materials you need.
For your assignment you're likely to use the UCB Library catalog (OskiCat) and/or an article database.
Which you use, and at what point in the research process, depends on what you already know and the kind of materials you're seeking.
In a nutshell: if you already have a citation (i.e. you want to find a known item), you can start with the catalog. If you only have a topic and wish to isolate articles or essays on the topic, you'll need to use an article database first.
See details about these two types of resources, when to use what, and locating results.
Article databases help identify articles on a topic (sometimes more than articles) and where they were published (e.g. what publications). Sometimes results link to article content online.
Access: see electronic resources section of this page. Off-campus access also requires Proxy Server or VPN setup (see For Starters tab for details).
OskiCat is the UCB library catalog.
A catalog tells you what a library has (in Berkeley's case, libraries), the location, and whether or not the item is available (sample catalog record).
Link to electronic resources in the find information tab of the library website.
Link to subject specific or general (interdisciplinary) databases, or link to resources by type (news, images, etc.)
These notes contain additional suggestions about how you might proceed to best use the resources outlined in this class guide. They presume familiarity with the general concepts and information addressed in the other tabbed pages of the guide.
In many databases you will encounter UC-eLinks. When a result is not available online, this feature allows you to check the UC-wide collections and see if it is otherwise available.
A good rule of thumb: when you see the icon click on it to view your access options. Depending on what's available for a given result, they can range from online access, to checking for print copy in a UC library, to requesting an interlibrary loan.
Properly citing sources is an important part of your research. It allows you to avoid plagiarism and highlights your engagement with related scholarship.
In a nutshell: "Whenever you quote or base your ideas on another person's work, you must document the source you used. Even when you do not quote directly from another work, if reading that source contributed to the ideas presented in your paper, you must give the authors proper credit."
The above extract is taken from the Library's guide on citing sources. Besides providing an overview, it links to formatting rules for the major style guides in use, including those for the MLA style (via Purdue University).
* SHORTCUT: Many databases allow you to export citations in a given style (MLA, APA, etc.) . When provided, this functionality is often found in the email options. *
In order to avoid plagiarism, you must give credit when
This content is part of the Understanding Plagiarism tutorial created by the Indiana University School of Education.
Citation management tools help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.
One such tool available to UCB students is RefWorks. Free for UC Berkeley users, it allows you to create your own database by importing references and using them for footnotes and bibliographies. Use the RefWorks New User Form to sign up.
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)
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