SLAVIC 5B: Characters on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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Research Guide for Slavic 5B, Instructor: Mieka Erley

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Background Sources

Examples of reference sources for background information:

Reference guide to Russian literature

Handbook of Russian literature

Encyclopedia of Russian history

Routledge atlas of Russian history

Encyclopedia of Russian history:  from the Christianization of Kiev to the break-up of the U.S.S.R.

Links are to OskiCat records.  All these titles are in the Doe Reference collection, North Reading Room, 2nd floor Doe Library.

For more examples, browse the reference collections in the same call number area, or ask for assistance at the Doe Reference Center (next to the North Reading Room) or elsewhere.

Selected Excerpts of Literary Criticism

Catalogs

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.

Call numbers are on the spine of the book; learn how to read them so you can find what you need on the shelves.

Searching OskiCat

Sample Searches:

zamyatin

click on the official subject heading:  Zam︠i︡atin, Evgeniĭ Ivanovich, 1884-1937

modify search:  pull down the language menu to english

other searches (easiest in Advanced Search)

utopia* novel* (limited to english)
russia* satir* (limited to english)
russia history revolution 1905  (limited to english)

* = truncation symbol/wildcard  child*  retrieves child, childs, children, childish, childhood...

Make sure to note the library location, call number, and availability (checked out? on hold?) for each item.

SMS and QR Codes in OskiCat

You can now text yourself a call number or use a QR code reader to find the location of an item in the UCB Library. Just click on a title in your OskiCat search results, and both options will be displayed on the right.

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Article Databases

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

Search Results

UC-eLinks - Find Article Text/Location

Once you've searched a database to find articles, you may need to use UC-eLinks orange logo 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:

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For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.

Sample Searches

Library home > Article Databases > Article Databases by Subject > Slavic and East European Studies > ABSEES Online Database

bolshevik*  (select a field - optional) 

click on the title of a relevant item; click on an official subject heading that seems relevant

bolshevik party... history

click on advanced search to refine your search:

language:  english

document type:  journal article  (only if necessary)

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Slavic and East European Studies > MLA Bibliography

zamyatin(keywords)
we  (keywords)

note that a variant spelling of the author's name is listed under official terms; add that:

zamyatin or zamiatin(keywords)
we  (keywords)

check off "English only"

MLA Bibliography: The Movie!  (2 min 48 seconds) searching, revising, creating a bibliography, finding the library location of a journal

Why Can't I Just Use Google?

If you want to use Google for research, use Google Books or Google Scholar.

Use the Advanced Search for more searching options.

Remember that Google Books search results do not necessarily include the full text of the book; some include no text at all, some include a limited preview (only some pages of the book).

When you use Google Scholar, make sure to update your Scholar Preferences (see below) so you'll be able to use UC e-links to find the UC Berkeley library locations/online availability of the articles.

Step 1: If you haven't already done this, set up your proxy server access by following the directions at http://proxy.lib.berkeley.edu/. When you get to a point where you are accessing resources that the Library pays for, you will be prompted for your CalNet ID and password. For more help see: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/doemoff/tutorials/proxy.html

Step 2: Change your “Scholar Preferences.” Access these by clicking on the small icon in the upper right of the screen.

Step 3: In search box next to "Library Links," type in University of California Berkeley and click on “Find Library”

Step 4: Check all the boxes next to "University of California Berkeley"

Step 5: Click on "Save Preferences" at bottom of page

And When You Find It...Evaluate It!

You already know that you should evaluate anything you find on the Internet.  Here are some reminders of what to look for.

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Getting Help

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And of course:  e-mail Corliss or email Theresa (Bancroft Library)

Research Advisory Service

Research Advisory Service for Cal Undergraduates

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