COM LIT R1B: Literary & Philosophical Representations of Music

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Off-campus access to resources

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The Right Tool for the Job

Choosing the "right" resource means choosing a database that finds you the kind of materials you need.

Encyclopedias: Brief background information on your topic.

Books & articles: You're likely to need the UCB Library catalog (OskiCat) and an article database for your assignment. Which one you use, depends on what you already know and the kind of materials sought.

Library Catalog

OskiCat lists the UCB libraries' collections, their location, and if they are available.

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Article databases & other electronic resources

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Background information

Encyclopedias are often a good place to begin when you don't know much about a topic. They provide basic background information, the knowledge of which helps when searching for other materials: identify people, events, issues, etc. Entries may also have an associated bibliography that identifies other materials related to a topic.

Online Access...see electronic resources section above

Print Encyclopedias... use OskiCat

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What's here ?

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.

Suggested resources


SUBJECT article databases

GENERAL article databases (interdisciplinary)


Literature Resource Center

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Search tips

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In many article 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's available elsewhere.

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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, options can range from online access, to checking for print copy in a UC library, to requesting an interlibrary loan.

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Citing Sources

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...." 

The above extract is taken from the Library's guide on citing sources.  It provides an overview of this topic and links to formatting rules for the major citation styles [including the MLA style (via Purdue University)].

* SHORTCUT: Many databases allow you to export citations in a given citation style (MLA, APA, etc.) . When provided, this functionality is often in a database's email options. *

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