1. Read an introduction to the campus libraries for undergraduates.
2. Set up your computer for off campus access to library databases.
3. Need a map of the campus libraries?
4. Each library has its own hours. Click on the calendar for each library to view a month at a time.
5. Information about Citing Your Sources and links to guides for frequently used citation styles here.
6. Research Guide - introduction to researching Japanese American Internment
The UCB Library sponsors the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research. Win $1000 (upper division students) or $750 (lower division students) for your research paper!
Please note: this course guide was created during a previous semester, and is no longer being actively maintained. For a list of current course guides, please see http://lib.berkeley.edu/alacarte/course-guides.
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
For printed reference sources, search OskiCat for reference sources, example:
indians of north america bibliography
Note the library location, call number, and whether items are checked out or Library Use only.
Online reference sources:
Library home > Electronic Resources > Electronic Resources by Types A-Z > (encyclopedias, atlases, biographical sources, etc.)
Library home > Electronic Resources > Electronic Resources by Subjects A-Z > (music, native american studies, literature, etc.)
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. keywords: robert johnson
refine your search: author: johnson, robert
2. keywords: narcocorrido*
* = truncation/wildcard child* = child, childs, children, childhood, childish, etc.
search for broader terms/use terms you find in official subject headings:
keywords: drug* corrido*
keywords: corridos texts
3. limiting your search:
select language: english
4. other examples:
blues (pull down "entire collection" menu to sound records)
Try out these OskiCat features:
You can also find non-print media of all types in OskiCat; search by keywords, author, subject, title, etc. and pull down the "Entire Collection" menu to the type of resource you want (maps, films, etc.)
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
Sample searches in CSA Illumina Social Sciences
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Sociology > Sociological Abstracts: click instead on CSA Illumina Social Sciences to search multiple social science databases
1. Example of a search using multiple terms, phrase searching, alternative terms, truncation,etc
african american* or black*
representation* or image* or stereotyp*
(add a row)
single parent* or single mother* or single father*
keywords = searches most important parts of the record
african american* or black*
representation* or image* or stereotyp*
family or families
* = truncation symbol or wildcard; child* = child, childs, children, childish, childhood
2. search using official subject terms ("descriptors")
latino* or mexican american* (keywords)
Sample Search in MLA Bibliography
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Literature > MLA Bibliography
footbind* or foot bind* or bound feet
Sample searches in Ethnic NewsWatch:
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Ethnic Studies > Ethnic NewsWatch
spokane (citation and document text )
tribe* or triball* (citation and document text)
indian* (citation and document text)
ethnic group: Native People
(note: ethnic group refers to the selection of the newspaper)
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.
Citation management tools help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, organize and store your PDFs, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but all are easier than doing it by hand!
Tip: After creating a bibliography with a citation management tool, 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.
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.
Please take a few minutes to give us some feedback about the library workshop and this course page! Anonymously, of course.
Other ways to get help: in person, by e-mail, etc.
Contact: Lillian Castillo-Speed - Head, Ethnic Studies Library
Corliss Lee - Ethnic Studies Librarian, Doe and Moffitt Libraries
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