HIST R1B: Reconstructing the African Past

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  • Jason M. Schultz
  • Chiwara

  • Office Hours: Weds. 1:30pm-3:00pm (675A Barrows), or by appt.
  • Office Location: 438 Doe Library
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    (510) 984-3012

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Encyclopedias

Doe Reference Hall DT 14 .A37435 2005 Read at Google Read at Google

Encyclopedia of Africa Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall DT3 .E53 2010 v.1-2 Read at Google Read at Google


Encyclopedia of African History and Culture Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall DT3 .P27 2005 Read at Google Read at Google

Encyclopedia of African literature
Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall PL8010 .E63 2003 Moffitt Reference PL8010 .E63 2003
Read at Google Read at Google


Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall DT16.5 .E53 2008 v.1-3 Read at Google Read at Google

Encyclopedia of twentieth-century African history /
Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall DT29 .E53 2003 Moffitt Reference DT29 .E53 2003
Read at Google Read at Google

Music ML100 .G16 1998 v.1 Africa (Print) Read at Google Read at Google

New Encyclopedia of Africa Doe Reference Reference Hall DT2 .N48 2008 Read at Google Read at Google

Primary Sources

Microform

The UC Berkeley Libraries has an extensive microform (microfilm and microfiche) collections, containing valuable information for researchers. The Africana Microform Collections Guide lists a large selection of Berkeley's holdings that include many primary source materials.

The Newspapers and Microforms Department (40 Doe Library) has machines that read, print, and scan images from microfilm and microfiche.

  Microfilm and microfiche owned by the UC Berkeley Libraries can be found through OskiCat; use Advanced Keyword Search to limit your search to "All Microforms." In the News/Micro collection, microfilm rolls and microfiche cards are shelved with their own numbering system; click here for a PDF of the collection's floorplan.

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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!

  1. 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.
  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. 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.

Citation Styles

By following these guidelines, you avoid plagiarism, which is a serious violation of the Code of Student Conduct.

How do you cite sources?
The means to identify sources is to provide citations within your text linking appropriate passages to relevant resources consulted or quoted. This can be done through in-text parenthetic notes, footnotes, or endnotes. In addition, a bibliography or list of works cited, is almost always placed at the end of your paper. The citation system and format you use will be determined by the citation style you choose.

Below are links to guides for the three major styles used for most academic papers or research in the humanities, social sciences, and some scientific disciplines:

How do you choose a style?
Ask your instructor which style sheet he or she wishes you to use and if there are other special formatting instructions you should follow.

Where do I find the most authoritative information about these styles?
If you have questions or citations not covered by the Library's guides, please consult one of the following official style manuals. If you consult other, less official manuals or online style guides that purport to explain these style, please be aware that these sometimes contain errors which conflict with the official guides:

APA Style
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2010 (call number: BF76.7.P83 2010, multiple libraries). Official APA style guide.
 
American Psychological Association's style guide FAQ
 
MLA Style
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009 (call number: LB2369.G53 2009, multiple libraries). A somewhat simplified guide, adequate for undergraduate and most other research papers.
 
MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. 3rd ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2008 (call number: PN147.G444 2008, multiple libraries). For graduate students, scholars, and professional writers (more depth on copyright, legal issues, and writing theses, dissertations, and scholarly publishing).
 
Turabian Style
Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 6th edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996 (call number: LB2369.T8 1996, multiple libraries).
 
Chicago Style
The Chicago Manual of Style. 15th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003 (call number: Z253.U69 2003, multiple libraries).

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