ENGLISH R1B: Free Speech & You

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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 http://lib.berkeley.edu/alacarte/course-guides.

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Off-campus access

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Proxy Server  (easiest method)
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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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The "right" tool for the job

It's hard to find what you need, if you're looking in the "wrong" place. Choose a resource that includes the kinds of materials needed.

Library catalogs

List what a library owns, its location and availability...

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Article databases & other electronic resources

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Where is the article?

UC-eLinks graphic  Many library databases incorporate the UC-eLinks feature. You use it when a result's text is not provided by the database searched. It checks the UC-wide collections to see if the source is available elsewhere...

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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 -- identify people, events, issues, etc., associated with a topic.  Knowing this information will help you search for materials on that topic.  Entries often have an associated bibliography that identifies related materials.

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News

THE MOST CURRENT NEWS

"CURRENT" NEWS  

OLDER NEWS

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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 library database lists results from sources known to be reputable/scholarly, finding material via Google requires additional evaluation.

Scholarly or popular ?

Some databases contain popular as well as scholarly content. Depending on your needs, you may want to limit results to just scholarly content. You can...

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Peer review process

Your instructor may want you to use "peer reviewed" articles. Or you may be asked to find picture of thinking student"academic," "scholarly," or "refereed" articles. What do these terms mean?

Let's start with the terms academic and scholarly, which are synonyms. An academic or scholarly journal is one intended for a specialized or expert audience. They exist to help scholars communicate their latest research and ideas to each other.

Most scholarly/academic journals are peer reviewed (also referred to as refereed). Before an article is published in a peer-reviewed journal, it's evaluated for quality and significance by several specialists (author's "peers") in the same field.

Magazines like Time or Scientific American, newspapers, (most) books, government documents, and websites are not peer-reviewed, though they may be thoroughly edited and fact-checked. Articles in scholarly journals (in printed format or online) usually are peer-reviewed.

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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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Library subject specialists

UCB has librarians specializing in certain disciplinary subjects and certain kinds of materials (for example government documents, film, etc.).  You may want to speak with one of these specialists.

How to use this tab

This course guide is created as a teaching tool and designed to be read as a unit. Doing so will provide the context for selecting the "right" resource and the techniques for manipulating it -- knowledge and skills that will support immediate and future research needs.

The notes in this tab contain suggestions about how to proceed with research based on your assignment. These suggestions build upon, and presume familiarity with, the general concepts addressed in the other tabbed sections of this course guide.

A research trajectory

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

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

  3. Select a resource based on the kind of materials you are seeking to find.

  4. For scholarly article/essay content, when selecting a resource, consider which disciplinary focus maps to your topic (meaning publications in that field are likely to be writing about it).  Or...choose an interdisciplinary database.

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

  6. Isolate promising database results to examine closely.

    Good practice:
    as you go, note any information you may need if you end up citing your findings.

Suggested resources

OskiCat

Article databases (by SUBJECT)

Article databases (GENERAL)

News databases

Encyclopedias (subject encyclopedias)

A few search tips

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