The Berkeley library system is arranged by subject. This translates to the focus of individual libraries, how books are shelved, how to the library website arranged, and even how to get help.
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.
Each article database contains a unique aggregate of sources (though, any source may appear in several different databases).
- some databases contain scholarly articles, some magazine literature, some news. Some contain it all. - often include more than articles (chapters in books, etc.)
A few more things you should know about article databases...
- results identify where articles were published (name of publication and any associated volume/issue/date info.) - results do not equal what UCB owns - sometimes results link to article content online - Use UC-eLinks feature when a full text option is not provided
Where is the article?
Many library databases incorporate the UC-eLinks feature. You use it when a result's text is not provided by the database searched. It checks the UC-wide collections to see if the source is available elsewhere...
This free encyclopedia is publicly editable and not a scholarly resource. Because anyone can write or add to an entry, the information may be innacurate or untrue. Through the very structure of its creation, it has dependability issues. Yet, it can still be a useful tool, if used wisely.
Like other encyclopedias, it can be helpful in obtaining topical background, and entries often list sources for further reading (which you can then see if UCB has). Use Wikipedia as a starting point for information you will verify in the course of your research via scholarlysources.
Homepages for specific Libraries | collections
Via the UCB Library website, link to libraries and collections A-Z to visit the homepage of individual libraries or collections. Look for information...
about library or collection
suggested resources (print & electronic)
guides for research/resources
contact information (librarian responsible for that subject area)
Research is as credible as the work that goes into it! It's important to analyze the information you find, including where it comes from.
Your course instructor and the librarian responsible for the Art History Classics Library developed a list of suggested resources for your assignment. You will want to review that list and select those that seem most promising to your needs/topic.
Basics regarding access to resources, and choosing amongst them, is outlined in the Choosing a Resource tab of this guide.