COLWRIT R4B: Writing About War

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OskiCat or Article Database ?

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.

You are likely to need to use both the UCB Library catalog (OskiCat) and 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 (Details about these two types of resources, when to use what, and locating results).

Library Catalog

Catalogs list library collections, item locations, and availability.

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Article databases & other electronic resources

Article databases identify articles on a topic (sometimes more than articles).

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Primary sources

Primary sources were either created during the time period being studied or were created at a later date by a participant in the events being studied....They reflect the individual viewpoint of a participant or observer.  Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period

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Most library databases have the UC-eLinks feature. When a result is not available online, it allows you to check the UC-wide collections to see if it is available elsewhere (either online or in print copy).

Click the orange button associated with a result to see its access options.

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Evaluating sources

Research is as credible as the work that goes into it! It's important to analyze the information you find, including where it comes from. 

While a magazine or journal article database lists results from sources known to be reputable/scholarly, finding material via Google requires additional evaluation on your part.

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, 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. *

Scholarly & popular

Some research databases contain popular and scholarly content (articles from magazines, newspapers, etc., in addition to those from scholarly journals).

You may want to limit results to scholarly content. If so, you can choose a resource that only contains it, or, if using one with mixed content, you can limit to scholarly materials (here's how).

If you want popular materials, many General article databases (see Resources tab) contain news and magazine content in addition of scholarly materials.

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Subject Specialists

UCB has librarians specializing in certain disciplinary subjects and certain kinds of materials (for example government documents, film, etc.).  You may want to speak with one of these specialists.

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.

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