HIST 158: Old Regime and Revolutionary Europe

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About this Guide

Guide to research for Professor Sahlins's History class.

Library Workshop: Research 101

Unsure how to start a paper or research project? Think maybe you could stand to brush up ostudent with laptopn search strategies?

If this sounds familiar, Library Workshop: Research 101 has you covered. This interactive tutorial explores six stages of the research process. You can view it from start to finish, or focus on specific sections as needed:

1: Begin Your Research

Starting strategies, from choosing a topic to finding the right keywords.

2: Knowledge Cycle

The publication timeline, scholarly vs. popular sources, and differences in academic disciplines.

3: Finding Books

Search for books and other items in OskiCat, Cal's local library catalog.

4: Finding Articles

Locate and access articles in library research databases.

5: Make Citations

How to cite your sources correctly.

6: Basic Search

Common techniques for constructing searches that yield useful results.

7: Advanced Search

Specialized search strategies for targeting specific topics.

Searching Library Catalogs

Use OskiCat to locate materials related to your topic, including books, government publications, and audio and video recordings, in the libraries of UC Berkeley. OskiCat will show you the location and availability of the items that we own. 

Use Melvyl to locate materials related to your topic located at other campuses in the UC system. Next Generation Melvyl also allows you to expand your search to libraries worldwide. Clicking on the REQUEST button in the detailed view of a catalog record prompt you to fill out a form to request the item through our Interlibrary Loan office.

Guide to writing history papers

This guide has been archived

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, please see http://lib.berkeley.edu/alacarte/course-guides.

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.

Early Modern Europe Databases

These databases include primary sources.

Secondary Sources- European History

Art Research

Check out Google Art Project, which gives you virtual tours of some of the world's major art museums, including close ups of major art works.

Research help

For quick answers to relatively simple questions, use the 24/7 chat box at right.

For email answers to more complex questions, use our Ask a Reference Question form.

For a free half-hour consultation with an expert researcher, sign up for Research Advisory Service.

To learn more on your own, try the interactive online Library Workshop or our other tutorials and guides.

 

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