COM LIT R1B: Literary Games

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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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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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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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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 Even when you do not quote directly from another work...."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 to citing sources. The guide gives an overview of this topic and links to formatting rules for the major citation styles.

Shortcut: many databases provide a Cite feature or the option to email results in a variety of citation styles (MLA, APA, etc.) 

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.

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Subject Specialists

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

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 suggested research trajectory


  1. Review the information in the Resources tab.  Make sure you understand how the identified resources differ in the types of information and/or materials they provide.

  2. Review the suggested resources, below.

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

    Or... choose a General (interdisciplinary) database.

  4. Search resources to see what's been written about your topic -- or what issues others are writing about in regards to a topic/author/work that might help you refine your focus.

  5. Examine promising results. Remember to note the information you'll need if you end up citing 'em.

Suggested resources

OskiCat

Article databases (by SUBJECT)

Article databases (GENERAL)

Subject Encyclopedias

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Search tips

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Extra tips for finding literary analysis

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