Office Location: Education Psychology Library, 2600 Tolman Hall
About this Guide
Explores the theoretical and methodological questions raised by the concept of intersectionality - the idea that human beings possess multiple identities simultaneously. Most of the work in this area has been theoretical. This course acquaints students with that theoretical literature and helps them apply these theories in their empirical work.
UCB: Use OskiCat to find books related to your topic at UC Berkeley. Oskicat will show you where it's located, and will also show you the Library of CongressSubject Heading -- which can help you find material other relevant books.
UC: Not enough books at Berkeley? Use Melvyl to find more books at other campuses in the UC system. Clickon the REQUEST button (in the detailed view of a catalog record) to request the item through Interlibrary Loan.
Google Books: Library catalogs don't search inside of books. Google Books can help you identify the book you need, then click on "Find in a Library" to see if we have it.
There are hundreds of online databases that cover all kinds of material and all of the disciplines that are taught at Berkeley. Some of the core databases for this class are listed below.
JSTOR: Education and Project MUSE: Education search and display the fulltext of highly respected scholarly academic journals -- and unlike most e-journals, JSTOR goes back to the very first volumes -- but it doesn't include the past three to five years.
ERIC Indexes education journals, articles and unpublished documents on education research and practice. ERIC is from the U.S. Department of Education, and the free version was recently redesigned, adding some great new features.
ProQuest Social Sciences Because education is interdisciplinary, it's helpful to search other databases in the social sciences. This includes psychology, political science, economics, social services and sociology.
Academic Search Complete A multidisciplinary index to articles in more than thousands of journals, many are available fulltext.
Sometimes encyclopedias and handbooks can help you get an overview of a particular theory or theoretical approach, and will also provide citations for additional books and articles. Here are some that might be useful for this course:
Social Theory Fulltext database of the writings of major sociological theorists.
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.
Change your “Scholar Preferences.” Access these by clicking on the link next to the search box.
In search box next to "Library Links," type in University of California Berkeley and click on “Find Library”
Check box next to "University of California Berkeley - UC-eLinks
Click on "Save Preferences" at bottom of page
Power search features for most article databases:
Use synonyms -- there are many ways to express a concept (teenager or teenagers or adolescent)
Use truncation to get different forms of the word, for example teenage* will retrieve teenagers, teenager, teenaged, etc.
Use quotation marks when you want an "exact phrase"
A bit more complex -- but really powerful:
Use "controlled vocabulary" (also called descriptors or subject headings) if the database has them. The ERIC Thesaurus is a very powerful tool. You can browse the Thesaurus by category to get an overview of how the research is organized in a topic area, and to learn the terminology that the editors apply to describe what an article is "about".
Use the special "limits" or "fields" that the database offers. Many let you limit by language, ERIC also lets you limit by:
Educational Level -- are you interested in secondary? elementary? higher education?
Audience -- do you want articles oriented towards practitioners or researchers?
Publication Type -- do you want dissertations? books? journals? classroom guides
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! The Library offers workshops on Endnote, Zotero, and Refworks! Or contact your librarian for individual help.
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.
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.
Select the desired references by checking the box to the left of each citation.
After all the desired citations have been selected, click on RefWorks
You will be asked if you want the records added, if so click on Export to RefWorks. (If you have a pop up blocker, it will then confirm that you do want to open RefWorks.)
RefWorks then displays the last citations you added, and you can choose to add them to a specific folder . Or you can just leave them in the Last Imported folder. (If you want to create a new folder, just click on Folder and the drop down arrow will let you select make a new one.
RefWorks with Oskicat
Search OskiCat. Once you have records you want to export, if you are:
A. Viewing a list of results, check the box to the left of each record you wish to add to RefWorks, then click Save Selected Records, or
B. Viewing an individual record, click the Save Records button near the top of the window and then:
Click the View Saved button near the top of the window
Click Export Saved
Select EndNote/RefWorks under Format of List
Select Screen under Send List To
Use your browser’s Select All function, then Copy
Open another browser window and access your RefWorks Account.
Click References from the drop-down menu and select Import
In the drop-down menu next to Import Filter/Data Source, choose Innovative Interfaces (EndNote/RefWorks Format)
For Database, choose University of California, Berkeley
In Import Referencesinto Folder, choose the desired folder, if you have already created a folder into which you want these references to import. If not, make no selection here
Select the radio button next to Import Datafrom the following Text.
Put your cursor in the box below Import Data from the following Text and select Edit > Paste in your browser.
By default, all newly imported references appear in the Last Imported folder. Under View / Folders, select your folder to see the citations you just imported. Note the UC-eLinks icon next to each reference.
Thanks to the Public Health Library for creating this guide!