ANTHRO R5B: China and the American World
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About this Guide
A guide to library resources for E Chua's China and the American World.
This guide has been archived
This course guide was created during a previous semester, and is no longer being actively maintained. Here is a list of current course guides.
Doe Reading Room
north reading room, doe library, uc berkeley
A few questions to start
Library catalog history
Photo of card catalog from OSU Archives on Flickr.
Photo of card catalog index card by dfulmer on Flickr.
Searching Library Catalogs
Use OskiCat to locate materials on the shelves of the UC Berkeley libraries and also to:
Use Melvyl to locate materials at other campuses in the UC system, or worldwide, and also to
- request materials from another library if we don't own it
- find articles from some article databases
- easily format a citation for copying into a bibliography
Melvyl will also show you the location and availablity of items that we own.
- Search for author's name using the author search, e.g., Albenda, Pauline
- Search for topics using a keyword search, e.g., china secondary education
- Limit results by language (Modify search)
- You can browse topics using the Subject links.
- Use My Oskicat to view your library account and renew books
- Use the Request button to:
- page books in NRLF and
- recall books that are checked out
- Be persistent!
The Anthropology Library compiles a list of good reference sources
(encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks...) on a variety of topics in anthropology and ethnography.
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The following databases are recommended for finding scholarly journal articles related to anthropological topics in contemporary China and includes general academic article databases for interdisciplinary research.
Academic Search Complete
A multidisciplinary index to articles in more than 10,900 journals and other publications in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese; full-text is available for over 5300 journals.
Includes over 1000 scholarly journals with access to more than 2 million articles. JSTOR is an archive which means that current issues (generally the most recent 3-5 years) of the journals are not yet available.
Indexes journal articles, essays, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology as well as ethnology, archaeology, folklore, and material culture. This database combines the resources of Anthropological Index and Anthropological Literature.
An electronic portal to the 32 journals of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), including American Anthropologist, American Ethnologist, Archeological Publications of the American Anthropological Association, Cultural Anthropology, Ethos, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Medical Anthropology Quarterly, PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, and more. Please note: users' access to this resource will be blocked after extended login periods. To avoid blocked access, logout periodically and then log back in.
International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
Indexes over 3000 journals, books, chapters, and book reviews in the fields of economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology from more than 100 countries. More than 70 languages are represented, with 30% percent of records published in languages other than English.
Indexes over 1,900 journals, books, dissertations, and reviews in the social sciences on sociological topics as well as selected anthropology, criminology, demography, law, social psychology, and urban development.
Includes over 6,000 individual titles of international, national and local newspapers and wire services; radio and television transcripts; and business, medical, industry, and legislative magazines, journals, and newsletters. Wide geographic coverage and translations from foreign-language sources, as well as news services like the Associated Press, Agence France Press, El Pais and Xinhua (New China) News Agency.
Includes New York Times (Historical with Index, 1851-2008, 1980-current). Los Angeles Times (Historical, 1881-1988, 1985-current). Wall Street Journal (Historical, 1889-1994, 1984-current).
Alternative, radical, and independent magazines, newspapers, and journals in North America which report on politics and government, policy and culture, international issues, education, environment as well as reviews of theater, movies and books.
Alternative Press Index
Includes more than 450 alternative, radical, and left magazines, newsletters, and journals in North America which report and analyze issues of cultural, economic, political, and social change. Approximately 90% of publications included are not indexed elsewhere. Indexes editorials, regular columns, essays, fiction; speeches, interviews, statistics, reprints; bibliographies, biographies, obituaries, memoirs; and reviews. Interfaces available for French, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. Alternative Press Index Archive provides coverage of materials from 1969 to 1990.
Business and Industry Database
Covers almost 1000 major U.S. and international trade journals, general business publications, and national & regional newspapers and newsletters.
Where's the PDF?
Once you've used an article database to find articles on your topic, you may need to use this button: in order to locate and read the full text of the article.
UC-eLinks will link you to the online full text of an article if UCB has paid for online access; otherwise, UC-eLinks will help you locate a print copy on the shelf in the library. If UCB doesn't own the article in print or online format, UC-eLinks can also help you order a copy from another library.
For more information, watch this video tutorial (about 4 min.)
You can also set up UC-eLinks to work with Google Scholar. For more information, watch this video tutorial (about 2 min.)
To use library databases from off campus you have to set up the proxy server: this changes your browser settings.
- Different browsers [Firefox, Chrome, Safari...] have different instructions- they are all here.
- You can set it up on multiple devices
- You log in with your CalNet ID
- There's an alternative: the VPN
Other article finding tools
Have a citation? Use Citation Linker to go directly to the article.
Need to find a specific journal? Use E-Journal Titles A-Z to find it online or search Oskicat by the journal title (e.g., Journal of Roman Archaeology) to see if it's on the library shelves.
Critically Analyzing Information Sources (Cornell)
Doing good research requires different skills than searching. Searching online encourages ways of thinking that can create false expectations and poor research results. Here are a few tips:
- Slow down.
- Look at the advanced search page
- Iterative searching
- Learn from the search results
- Too many results? Too few?
- Look at citations from good sources
- Various keywords
- Various subjects
- Multiple databases (information silos!)
Searching for scholarly sources
- choose the right database
- limit results to "peer-reviewed" sources
Cite your sources
A few questions to finish
Chat and email reference
Go to the research help page to have librarians answer your questions online:
- 24/7 Chat Reference
- Email Reference
- Phone Reference
- Library Liaisons (for in-depth, upper-level research)
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