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The California Loyalty Oath Digital Collection is comprised of digitized primary source material drawn from several locations in the UC system:
The digital collection had its genesis in a symposium that took place on campus to commemorate the controversy's 50th anniversary. The idea was hatched to digitize a selection of the archives' documents and make them more broadly available. The California Loyalty Oath Digital Collection was the result. This collection consists primarily of several thousand pages of digitized text (a few images and audio clips). It documents the controversy that embroiled the university from 1949-1951, during the McCarthy Era.
Access to the digital collection is through the Bancroft Library website (collections link). For ease, specific parts of the collection may be directly accessed below:
The California Loyalty Oath Digital Collection was first envisaged by individuals involved in a symposium held on the Berekeley campus in 1999 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the controversy. A website was created around that symposium (separate from and pre-dating the creation of the digital collection you are using). This website is still active. It is part of the University of Califoronia History Digital Archives (similar name to your source, so don't get confused) and contains additional content on the controvery that may be helpful in obtaining historical context.
Doe Library has the campus' major reference collection for the arts, humanities & social sciences. The Doe Reference Service is located on the second floor of the library and has a staffed desk to help navigate the collection (hours, info.).
If you need general information about the time period in which the loyalty oath occured, encyclopedias might be a good place to get that context.
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 Even when you do not quote directly from another work...."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 on citing sources. The guide gives an overview of this topic and links to formatting rules for the major citation styles.Read more
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!
It's always good to double check the formatting -- sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.
UCB has librarians specializing in certain disciplinary subjects and certain kinds of materials (for example government documents, film, etc.). You may want to speak with one of these specialists.
Since the UCB libraries are structured by subject, you may wish to seek help from the library specializing in your disciplinary focus.
Doe & Moffitt libraries focus on the arts, humanities and social sciences. Since their subject base is so broad, their reference desks provide generalized research help for the library system.
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