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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:
You can access UCB Library resources from off campus or via your laptop or other mobile device using one of two simple methods:
After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID or Library PIN when you click on the link to a licensed resource. See the setup instructions, FAQ, and Troubleshooting pages to configure your browser.
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*
Topic: Image of African American women in advertising
potentially relevant disciplines:
African American Studies
Gender and Women's Studies
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
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.
Sample searches in CSA Illumina Social Sciences database (scholarly social science database)
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Sociology > Sociological Abstracts: CSA Illumina Social Sciences
1. a search using keywords, phrase searching, truncation, alternate terms:
african american* or black* (keywords)
straighten* or relax* (keywords)
keywords = searches most important parts of each item: title, abstract, descriptors (official subject terms)
phrase = 2 or more words that should be found together (ex: global warming)
truncation/wildcards: allows for variant word endings (child* = child, childs, childish, childhood, children...)
to find more: take out terms:
african american* or black* (keywords)
Watch a 3 minute movie: accessing CSA Illumina Social Sciences, searching, revising a search, using descriptors, saving items to a list, e-mailing the list!
Sample searches in Academic Search Complete: (interdisciplinary database)
Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > Academic Search Complete
opera singer* (select a field - optional)
weight* (select a field - optional)
look for specific names, situations, places, etc.
deborah voight (select a field - optional)
weight* (select a field - optional)
look for additional terms that you can use
asian* (select a field - optional)
skin lighten* or skin lighten* or skin bleach* or skin color* (select a field optional)
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.
1. a keyword search:
keywords: weight perception
2. find an item that looks interesting; note official subject headings in the full display:
body image in women social aspects
body image in women psychological aspects
advertising psychological aspects
beauty personal social aspects
beauty personal psychological aspects
keep looking items you find when you do these new searches and you'll find other terms:
body weight social aspects
body weight psychological aspects
which might give you ideas - you can add some of these terms to other terms:
surgery plastic social aspects
keywords: advertis* beauty
advertis* = advertise, advertising, advertisement, advertisements...
4. Use alternative terms if needed:
keywords: multicultural beauty
keywords: cultural* beauty
5. use broader terms if needed
keywords: gang* beauty
keywords: gang* women
6. browse a list of subject headings
subject begins with: beauty
subject begins with: barbie
Want to see that agin? Watch OskiCat: The Movie
Citation management tools help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but any are easier than doing it by hand!
Zotero: A free plug-in that works exclusively with 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.
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. Refworks Help is pretty good.
It's always good to double check the formatting -- sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.
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.
Images of American advertisements between 1911-1955. From Duke University.
Media Resources Center list of videos and DVDs: Women's Bodies/Body Image
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.
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.
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