COLWRIT R4B: Public History, Personal Story

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  • Lynn Jones

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About this Guide

Finding primary and secondary sources.

Analyze your topic

Write down your topic.  Identify and mark the most important keywords (the ones you would definitely want to include in a search).

Example:  
What is the role of the passions in Romeo and Juliet?

For each keyword, see if you can think of synonyms or closely related concepts that you might also want to search.

Example:
passions or love or eros
Romeo and Juliet or Shakespeare

Catalogs

To find books, DVDs, maps, sound recordings, manuscripts, and much more - everything except articles - use a library catalog.

OskiCat = UC Berkeley libraries

MELVYL= all UC campus libraries, including all UC Berkeley libraries

What's the difference?

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.

Doe, Main Stacks, Moffitt Library floorplans

Looking for a location in Doe, Main Stacks or Moffitt?  Try the floorplans, or ask for assistance!

First, a few basics ...

For off-campus access to library databases, e-books, and e-journals, set up your web browser to use our proxy server.

Get a map of the campus libraries.

Each library has its own hours - click on "Calendar" for each library to view a month at a time.

Access all of our resources through the library website.

Looking for a more detailed, step-by-step introduction to research? Try our interactive online Library Workshop.

Let us know what you think!  After you've used this research guide, please take a moment to give us your comments.

Proxy server

To use library databases from off campus you have to set up the proxy server: this changes your browser settings.

Primary Sources in Oskicat

There are tens of thousands of historical primary sources in Oskicat.  To narrow your searching to primary sources, try this.

  1. Use Advanced Keyword Search
  2. Pull down the "Subject" limiter in the left side box.
  3. Enter your main search term.  It could be a topical word, like Auschwitz or Holocaust.
  4. In the next row, again pull down the "Subject" limiter in the left side box. Enter one of these specific 'primary source' search words:

The results should be a list of primary sources on your topic, each of which is a book in the Berkeley library.

History databases

Three important databases for research in History.

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