COM LIT R1B: Fetishist, Hoarder & Collector

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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 visit

Campus libraries

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UC Berkeley Library campus map

Off-campus access

Unless home is a campus dorm, in order to access many Library resources you must first configure your computer to use one of two simple access methods:

Proxy Server  (easiest method)
After you make a one-time change in your web browser's settings, allows you to use your CalNet ID to access a licensed resource (setup instructions).

VPN (Virtual Private Network)
You install and run the VPN software on your computer.  It allows you to log in with a CalNet ID and accesss a licensed resource.

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Library hours

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The "right" tool for the job

Choosing the "right" resource means choosing a database that finds you the kind of materials you need.

Books & articles: You're likely to need the UCB Library catalog (OskiCat) and an article database for your assignment. Which one you use, depends on what you already know and the kind of materials sought.

Encyclopedias: Brief background information.

Library catalog

Catalogs list library collections, item locations, and availability.

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Article databases & other electronic resources

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Where's the article

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Most library databases have the UC-eLinks feature. When a result is not available online, it allows you to check the UC-wide collections to see if it is available elsewhere (either online or in print copy).

Click the orange button associated with a result to see its access options.

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Background information

Encyclopedias are often a good place to begin when you don't know much about a topic. They provide basic background information, the knowledge of which helps when searching for other materials: identify people, events, issues, etc. Entries may also have an associated bibliography that identifies other materials related to a topic.

Online Access...see electronic resources section above

Print Encyclopedias... use OskiCat

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Evaluating sources

Research is as credible as the work that goes into it! It's important to analyze the information you find, including where it comes from. 

While a magazine or journal article database lists results from sources known to be reputable/scholarly, finding material via Google requires additional evaluation on your part.

guide on evaluating web sites

Scholarly & Popular

Some research databases contain popular and scholarly content (articles from magazines, newspapers, etc., in addition to those from scholarly journals).

You may want to limit results to scholarly content. If so, you can choose a resource that only contains it, or, if using one with mixed content, you can limit to scholarly materials (here's how).

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Citing sources

Properly citing sources is an important part of your research.  It allows you to avoid plagiarism and highlights your engagement with related scholarship.

In a nutshell:  "Whenever you quote or base your ideas on another person's work, you must document the source you used. Even when you do not quote directly from another work...." 

The above extract is taken from the Library's guide on citing sources. The guide gives an overview of this topic and links to formatting rules for the major citation styles.

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Research Advisory Service

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)

Subject Specialists

UCB has librarians specializing in certain disciplinary subjects and certain kinds of materials (government documents, film, etc.).

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How to use this page

These notes contain additional suggestions about how you might proceed to best use the resources outlined in this class guide.  They presume familiarity with the general concepts and information addressed in the other tabbed pages of the guide.

A research trajectory

  1. Decide text/topic you are interested in writing about -- at least preliminarily.

  2. Review the suggested resources section, below, and the Resources tab.

  3. Select a resource whose content matches the kind of materials you are seeking to find and whose disciplinary focus maps to your topic (meaning publications in that field are likely to be writing about it).  Or...choose an interdisciplinary database.

  4. Search isolated resources to see what others have written on your topic, or what others are writing about that might suggest further topical focus.

  5. Select promising results to examine closely. Remember to note any information you may need if you end up citing them.

Suggested resources


Article databases (by SUBJECT)

Article databases (GENERAL)

Encyclopedias (subject encyclopedias)

A few search tips

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