HIST 7B: Prelinger Archive - Klask

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Research Guide for History 7B, GSI: Aimee Klask

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Background Sources

These are just examples of reference sources you may find useful.  Click on the links to view the OskiCat record for the item; note the library location and call number of the item.  Many reference sources must be used in the library.

Encyclopedia of American social history

Greenwood Encyclopedia of daily life in America

Greenwood Guide to American popular culture

Encyclopedia of gender and society

Encylopedia of sex and gender

Encyclopedia of psychology

Race relations in America

Items listed as being in the "Doe Reference Hall" are on the 2nd floor of Doe Library, in the same hall as the reference desk.

Items listed as being in "Doe Reference" are on the 2nd floor of Doe Library, in the North Reading Room.

Primary Sources

Prelinger Archives official site

About ephemeral films

Prelinger Archives on the Internet Archive:  view the films!  Use the Tag Cloud or Browse by Subject/Keywords

Search box near the top of the screen allows you to limit your search to the Prelinger Archives or search all Moving Images available via the Internet Archive

The default "any field" search includes comments field, shotlist, etc.

Truncation/wildcard symbol is * (child* = child, childs, children, childish, childhood...)

If you need two or more words to appear together (a phrase) use quotes

Boolean operators (AND, OR, AND NOT) must be in caps

Advanced search allows a bewildering array of possibilities, including limiting by date and "boosting" a term (increasing the relevance of a search term)

Media Resources Center lists of media:  Commercials and Advertisements

Non Fiction Film and Television - including ephemera, propaganda, political debates and ads, etc.

Time Magazine archive, 1923-present. 

Primary Source Databases

For a more extensive list of American primary source databases go here

Citing Sources including Online Media

UCB Media Resources Center guide to citing media (MLA Style).

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.

Citation Management Tools

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!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. EndNote: may be purchased from UC Berkeley's Software Central.

It's always good to double check the formatting -- sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.

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