FRENCH R1B: English Composition through French Literature in Translation

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    Please contact Research Help for assistance after February 25, 2011.

About this Guide

This guide will help you locate and cite scholarly resources related to literary criticism and analysis of letters and epistolary devices, as well as locate links to further information and library help.

Connecting from Off Campus?

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Proxy Server
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VPN (Virtual Private Network)
After you install and run the VPN "client" software on your computer, you can log in with a CalNet ID to establish a secure connection with the campus network.

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Google Scholar UC-eLinks access

Accessing full-text content from off campus using Google Scholar

Step 1: Set up your proxy server access by following the directions at 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. For more help see:

Step 2: Change your “Scholar Preferences.” Access these by clicking on the link next to the search box.

Step 3: In search box next to "Library Links," type in University of California Berkeley and click on “Find Library”

Step 4: Check box next to "University of California Berkeley - UC-eLinks

Step 5: Click on "Save Preferences" at bottom of page

Formatting Citations

Citation Management Tools

The first four tools help you manage your citations and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles, including MLA.  They also can help you organize your research. Each one has strengths and weaknesses, but any are easier than doing it by hand!

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  1. Easybib: A free or fee-based online tool that automatically searches for and formats citations.  
  2. 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.
  3. Zotero: A free plug-in that works exclusively with the Firefox browser.
  4. EndNote: may be purchased from UC Berkeley's Software Central.

It's always good to double check the formatting -- sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.

Research Databases for Literary Analysis

Interdisciplinary Databases

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 Next Generation 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.



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Find eBooks

The Library offers over 100 e-book and e-text collections in specific subject areas. E-books in collections marked * are also available through OskiCat and Melvyl. You can limit your search in OskiCat to "Available online," and in Melvyl to "Online resources."

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