LEGALST R1B: Equal Rights in a Changing Society: 1954 to the Present

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  • Jesse Silva

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Campus Library Map

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Connecting from Off Campus

You can access UCB Library resources from off campus or via your laptop or other mobile device using one of two simple methods:

Proxy Server
After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID or Library PIN when you click on the link to a licensed resource. See the setup instructions, FAQ, and Troubleshooting pages to configure your browser.

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.

Citation Linker

Have a citation? Use Citation Linker to go directly to the article.

Get immediate access to journal articles, books and other publications (or request them when they are not available) by entering a title and other citation information.

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Google Books

Google Books contains millions of scanned books, from libraries and publishers worldwide. You can search the entire text of the books, view previews or "snippets" from books that are still in copyright, and read the full text of out-of-copyright (pre-1923) books.  Want to read the entire text of an in-copyright book?  Use Google Books' Find in a Library link to locate the book in a UC Berkeley library, or search OskiCat to see if UC Berkeley owns the book.

Why use Google Books?

Library catalogs (like OskiCat) don't search inside books; using a library catalog, you can search only information about the book (title, author, Library of Congress subject headings, etc.).  Google Books will let you search inside books, which can be very useful for hard-to-find information.  Try it now:

Google Book Search

Book Search

Search the UC Libraries' catalogs to find both e-books and books in print.

Oskicat catalog searches UC Berkeley's online and print collection. 

searches the UC-wide online and print collections.

UCB's e-book collections link to books only online. Each e-book vendor has its own search engine. Most e-book collections are multi-disciplinary. Melvyl also searches the e-book collections.

Gutenberg-ebooks.  A collection of electronic books freely accessible on the web.

LawCat searches the catalog of UC Berkeley's Law School.

searches books held by libraries all over the United States.  UC may or may not own a book. Use UC's excellent Interlibrary Loan service for anything you can't find.

Google Scholar and Google Books also discover titles.  Look for the UC-elinks icon to connect back to the UC-wide libraries' collections to see if we own or license it.

ILL.  Use UC's excellent Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service for anything you can't find.

Article Databases

Use the following databases to find articles relavent to your research.

What is Peer Review?

Your instructor may want you to use "peer reviewed" articles as sources for your paper. Or you may be asked to find picture of thinking student"academic," "scholarly," or "refereed" articles. What do these terms mean?

Let's start with the terms academic and scholarly, which are synonyms. An academic or scholarly journal is one intended for a specialized or expert audience. Journals like this exist in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Examples include Nature, Journal of Sociology, and Journal of American Studies. Scholarly/academic journals exist to help scholars communicate their latest research and ideas to each other; they are written "by experts for experts."

Most scholarly/academic journals are peer reviewed; another synonym for peer reviewed is refereed. Before an article is published in a peer-reviewed journal, it's evaluated for quality and significance by several specialists in the same field, who are "peers" of the author. The article may go through several revisions before it finally reaches publication.

Magazines like Time or Scientific American, newspapers, (most) books, government documents, and websites are not peer-reviewed, though they may be thoroughly edited and fact-checked. Articles in scholarly journals (in printed format or online) usually ARE peer-reviewed.

How can you tell if an article is both scholarly and peer-reviewed?

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UC eLinks and Citation Linker

Sometimes the database you search doesn't link to the fulltext -- it only gives the citation. Click the UC e-links button to see if Berkeley has it online, and if not, it will check for a print version.  And if we don't have it at all, it lets you request it through Interlibrary Loan.

What if there isn't a UC e-links button??? Sometimes you find an article in a bibliography, a book or a footnote -- and you want to see if we have it. The Citation Linker searches through our online databases to see if it's available fulltext. If not, it sets up a search for the paper journal in Melvyl. And if we don't have it at Berkeley, it lets you request it through Interlibrary Loan.

Polls and Public Opinion

The following resources will provide information on polls and public opinion in California and across the United States.

News Sources

The following news databases can be useful in your research.

Federal Government Information

Propositions 8 (2008) and 22 (2000)

The following are official California publications on the both Propositions 8 and 22, which dealt with marriage equality in California. 

Wayback Machine


Want to see what a current website looked like a year ago?  5, 10, 15 years ago?  You can with the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.  Simply past a URL in the search box on the screen, and click the take me back button.  You can then choose which date you would like to see the site.  Please note that not all websites were archived at the same time and in some cases only the top few layers of a site were archived.


California Government

The UC Berkeley Library maintains a webpage of California Government resources.  You can find various resources such as Calfornia bills, the California State Constitution, laws and court information.

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Research Advisory Service

Research Advisory Service for Cal Undergraduates

Book a 30-minute appointment with a librarian who will help refine and focus research inquiries, identify useful online and print sources, and develop search strategies for humanities and social sciences topics.

Schedule, view, edit or cancel your appointment online (CalNetID required)

This service is for Cal undergraduates only. Graduate students and faculty should contact the library liaison to their department or program for specialized reference consultations.

Library Prize for Undergraduate Research

Library Prize The Library Prize for Undergraduate Research recognizes excellence in undergraduate research projects that show evidence of significant inquiry using the library, its resources, and collections and learning about the research and information-gathering process itself.

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