GWS R1B: Gender, Violence & Globalization

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  • Tim Dilworth
  • Office Location: 212 Doe Library
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    642-3217

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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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Map of UCB libraries

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UC Berkeley Library campus map

Doe | Moffitt | Main Stacks

The Berkeley library system is arranged by subject -- what materials are in which library, how they're shelved, the Library website, where to get help....

Most libraries names tell their story.  Doe, Moffitt, and the Gardner Main Stacks (which connects them) share the broadest subject focus in the UCB library system.  Because they are named after people, the focus is less immediately apparent.

 

Off-campus access to databases

Unless home is a campus dorm, in order to access many Library resources you must first configure your computer to use one of two simple access methods:

Proxy Server  (easiest method)
After you make a one-time change in your web browser's settings, allows you to use your CalNet ID to access a licensed resource.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)
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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When you need a place to begin

Encyclopedias provide background that helps when searching for other materials: identify people, events, issues, etc. Entries may have an associated bibliography that identifies other materials related to a topic.

Online Access...

To find print encyclopedias use OskiCat
(for tips of searching OskiCat, see Putting It All Together tab)

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Scholarly or Popular

Some research databases contain popular and scholarly content (articles from magazines and newspapers in addition to scholarly journals).

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.

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.) 

Chat with a librarian

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Doe Reference Desk

Since the UCB libraries are arranged by subject, you may wish to seek help from the library specializing in your disciplinary focus.

Doe Library focuses on the arts, humanities and social sciences.  This subject base is broad, making Doe Reference a good starting point for many.

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.

Research Advisory Service

Research Advisory Service for Cal Undergraduates

Book a 30-minute appointment with a librarian

Schedule (view/edit) an appointment online [CalNetID required]

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 the putting it all together 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. Choose a topic. Your readings will likely suggest areas of interest.

  2. Review the information in the Choosing a Resource tab.  Make sure you understand how the identified resources differ in the types of information and/or materials they provide.

  3. Review suggested resources section of this tab.

  4. Choose 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.

    Try one of the suggested resources, or choose one of your own based on its description and subject focus.

  5. Search to see what's been written about your topic -- or what issues others are writing about in regards to your topic that might help you refine your focus.

    • see Tips section of this tab for help with searching
    • see Tips section for help with defining your topic

  6. Examine promising results.
    • remember to note the information you'll need if you end up citing them

Suggested resources

OskiCat

Article databases

News databases

Encyclopedias (subject encyclopedias)

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