Read an introduction to the campus libraries for undergraduates.
Set up your computer for off campus access to library databases.
Need a map of the campus libraries?
Each library has its own hours. Click on the calendar for each library to view a month at a time.
The UCB Library sponsors the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research. Win $1000 (upper division students) or $750 (lower division students) for your research paper!
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 both primary and secondary sources. Examples:
southeast asian* immigra*
asian american* sport*
japanese american* baseball
chinese american marriage*
chinese american women
chinese american famil*
african american* california
hmong united states
white* race identity united states
wine* migrant labor*
* = 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: national identity
keywords: national identity american
look at long form of records for official subject headings:
subject: national characteristics american
add other useful keywords:
keywords: national characteristics american* immigra*
if you know the name of a person or organization, search it both as an author and as a topic:
author: gamio, manuel
author: irish american benevolent
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
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > H > History > Historical Abstracts
japan* (select a field- optional)
sexualit* or homosexual* or gay* or lesbian* (select a field - optional)
historical period from: 1600 to 1912
Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > JSTOR
REMEMBER: JSTOR doesn't include articles from the last 3-5 years!!!
1. nanking massacre
advanced search also allows you to limit to certain years of publication (1980-2000, for example), to specific disciplines (ex: African American studies) etc.
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.
Primary sources can be found in a variety of library tools:
Learn more about your topic in advance:
Search OskiCat for primary sources using keywords and adding terms that denote primary sources, such as:
-early works to 1800
Library home > Electronic Resources > Electronic Resources Types A-Z > News Databases > Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
japan* (citation and document text)
embassy (citation and document text)
united states (citation and document text)
1/1/1860 to 12/31/1860
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.
Please take a few minutes to give me some feedback about the library workshop and this course page! Anonymously, of course.
Other ways to get help: in person, by e-mail, using specialized chat services
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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