HIST 7B : DNSA and FRUS

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Guide for Z. Ramirez History 7B sections.

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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.

Doe | Moffitt | Main Stacks

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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.

 

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Off-campus access to databases

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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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About the DNSA

The Digital National Security Archive (DNSA) contains declassified government documents spanning fifty years (1945 on) of US national security policy. Also includes a chronology, glossary of names, events, special terms, and a bibliography for each collection it contains.  These collections are developed around a specific event, controversy, or policy decision.

The DNSA is compiled/produced by the National Security Archive.  They are a non-profit research institute and library located at George Washington University (more about the National Security Archive) .  It is this archive's published collections of declassified U.S. government documents that comprise the DNSA.

The UCB Library subscribes to the DNSA.  Because it is a licensed resource, off-campus access will require the proxy server (see the For starters tab for proxy server details) .

Access path = Library website >  Electronic resources (FIND INFORMATION tab) > ...by type >  government information sources @ the federal level > Digital National Security Archive

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FRUS

The Foreign Relations of the United Sates (FRUS) is the doumentary record of major U.S. foreign policy decisons.  It is dipolmatic records that have been declassified and edited for publication (communication between U.S. embassies/diplomats and the U.S. State Department).  It is produced by the U.S. State Department, Office of the Historian. (full description).

Access:  the Office of the Historian provides digital access to the FRUS after 1945 on their website (the University of Wisconsin at Madison Libraries provides digital access to earlier volumes).  Links to both can be found in the record for the FRUS in OskiCat.

FRUS use tips

* Because your research focus is from 1945 on, and because the Office of the Historian's site covers that entire time frame, these tips focus on using that site's digital version of the FRUS *

An easy way to use the FRUS is to browse by administration:

  1. Use Historical documents menu and select Foreign Relations of the United States
  2. link via administrations (under portraits of Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon or Ford - the latest covered administrations)

    For Pre-Kennedy administrations, use the Browse by Administration drop-down menu (left side of screen) [all prior administrations presented together in chronological order]

Doe Reference Collection | encyclopedias

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 a historical time period, encyclopedias are often a good place to get that context.

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 on citing sources. The guide gives an overview of this topic and links to formatting rules for the major citation styles.

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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.

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

Library subject specialists

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.

Doe & Moffitt Reference Desks

Libraries across campus have have librarians available to help.  Since the system is structured by subject, you'll want to seek help from the library specializing in your disciplinary focus.

Doe & Moffitt focus on the arts, humanities and social sciences, and, since that subject base is very broad, they also serve as general reference desks for the system.

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