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Doe | Moffitt | Main Stacks

The Berkeley library system is arranged by subject. Most libraries names indicate their subject focus.

The Doe and Moffitt libraries (as well as the Gardner stacks which connects them) share a broad subject focus. Since they are named after people, the focus is not as obvious.

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Art History Classics Library

3rd floor of Doe (hours | contact information)

This library was established to house core collections related to upper division graduate classes taught within this library's seminar rooms.

UCB undergraduates can use the collections when the items required are only available in the Art History Classics Library:

Note: the majority of the circulating fine arts and classics related collections are housed in the Gardner Stacks. These materials are freely accessible and can generally be borrowed.

Off-campus access to databases

Unless home is a campus dorm, in order to access many Library resources you must first configure your computer to use one of two simple access methods:

Proxy Server  (easiest method)
After you make a one-time change in your web browser's settings, allows you to use your CalNet ID to access a licensed resource.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)
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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The "right" tool for the job

It's hard to find what you need if you're looking in the "wrong" place. Choose a resource that includes the kinds of materials you need.

Looking for books & articles ? You're likely to need both the library catalog and an article database.   Which one, and when, depends.

Library catalogs

List what a library owns, its location and availability...

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Article databases & other electronic resources

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Where is the article?

UC-eLinks graphic  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...

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Need a place to begin ?

If you have a topic but don't know much about it, encyclopedias can provide background that will help you get started and search more effectively.

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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)
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Evaluating sources

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. 

While a library database lists results from sources known to be reputable/scholarly, finding material via Google requires additional evaluation.

Scholarly or popular ?

Some databases contain popular as well as scholarly content. Depending on your needs, you may want to limit results to just scholarly content. You can...

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

Shortcut: many databases provide a Cite feature or the option to email results in a variety of citation styles (MLA, APA, etc.) 

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Doe Reference Desk

Since the UCB libraries are arranged by subject, you may wish to seek help from the library specializing in your disciplinary focus.

Doe Library focuses on the arts, humanities and social sciences.  This subject base is broad, making Doe Reference a good starting point for many.

Subject Specialists

UCB has librarians specializing in disciplinary subjects and specific kinds of materials.

Suggested resources

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.

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