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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:
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The following titles are just examples of sources for background information on immigration topics and on specific immigrant groups.
For more sources, search Oskicat by subject, including specific ethnic groups (ex: indians of north america encyclopedias, mexican americans dictionaries), browse the reference collections of Doe Library (2nd floor) or the Ethnic Studies Library, or ask for assistance.
Remember to search broadly - if you are not finding reference sources on vietnamese americans, search more broadly (ex: asian american* encyclopedias).
Topic: Image of African American women in advertising
potentially relevant disciplines:
African American Studies
Gender and Women's Studies
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 and hazardous waste*
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.
Search OskiCat for all library materials except articles. Examples:
southeast asian* immigra*
arab american* women
african american* police relations
family violence hispanic*
gay* asian american*
hmong united states
white* race identity united states
* = truncation symbol/wildcard for variant word endings
ex: immigra* = immigrant, immigrants, immigrating, immigration...
If you're getting too many irrelevant results (ex: vietnamese american* retrieves a lot of things about the Vietnam War) try pulling down the "keyword" menu to "subject" to search by official subject headings
subject: vietnamese americans
Looking for official subject headings:
keywords: indian casino*
look at long form of records for official subject headings:
subject: gambling on indian reservations
add other useful keywords:
keywords: national characteristics american* immigra*
Try out these OskiCat features:
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
Examples of searches in various article databases:
keywords = searches most important parts of the record
* = truncation symbol or wildcard; child* = child, childs, children, childish, childhood
Ethnic NewsWatch: Ethnic newspapers from all over the US - NOT scholarly
aids or hiv
prevention or education
next to ethnic group: pull down the menu to Native People (this limits articles to those in Native American publications)
too broad; try clicking on one of their suggested terms, such as Human immunodeficiency virus - HIV and Prevention (and remember to limit again to Native People)
not enough, try again; take out a term; use alternative terms
elected officials (keyword)
Black Studies Center
keywords: police and (brutality or violence)
Bibliography of Native North Americans:
search for a phrase (2 or more words that must be found together); add alternative terms as needed
* = truncation symbol or wildcard, stands for any number of characters (child* = child, childs, children, childhood, childish...)
indian remain* or nagpra
break your topic into two concepts and put one concept in each horizontal row:
America: History and Life
american identit* (select a field- optional)
immigra* (select a field - optional)
assimil* or accultural* (select a field - optional)
historical period from: 1900 to 2000
Watch: America: History and Life - the Movie! (2 min 34 seconds)
Sociological Abstracts/CSA Illumina Social Science databases:
Sociology Abstracts: click on the CSA Illumina Social Sciences link to search multiple social science databases
proposition 209 (keywords)
add a term to narrow your search results
Academic Search Complete
higher education (select a field - optional)
chicano* or latino* or hispanic* (select a field - optional)
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.
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
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.
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.
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