AFR AM 101/201: Research Methods for African American Studies

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About this Guide

This course guide points to library print and electronic sources for research methods concerning African Diaspora Studies.

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Library Catalogs

OskiCat
Finds materials related to your topic including books, government publications, and audio and video recordings in the libraries of UC Berkeley. OskiCat will show you the location and availability of the items that we own.  Does not include Law Library holdings.

Melvyl
Locates titles found at other campuses in the UC system and also includes materials from the Center for Research Libraries, for which UC Berkeley is a member.. Melvyl also allows you to expand your search to libraries worldwide. Clicking on the REQUEST button in the detailed view of a catalog record prompt you to fill out a form to request the item through our Interlibrary Loan office. Requires Proxy login for when accessing off-campus.

WorldCat on FirstSearch
Access records of materials in libraries worldwide.  It can be used for interlibrary loan requests.  Good for advanced research and literature reviews.

HaithiTrust
Pronounced "hah-tee", this cooperative system contains millions of books scanned from UC and other major research libraries, including those digitized by Google and the Internet Archive. Search on information about the book (such as author or title), or words in the text. Full text is available for items that are not protected by copyright. Items in the HathiTrust catalog can be grouped into collections and shared online. For details, see the FAQ page.

E-Book Resources

Articles

Book & Text Collections

Find Dissertations

Find Dissertations by searching Dissertations and Theses (Dissertation Abstracts) Full Text, which includes full-text of most dissertations since 1997. It indexes over 1.5 million dissertations completed in North American (including UC) and European universities from 1861 to the present. Listings after 1980 include abstracts, and some feature 24-page excerpts. 

Consult the comprehensive list of African American Theses and Dissertations, 1907-2002 at UCB. Also see Find Dissertations and Theses for other specialized sources, and dissertations completed at a UC campus can also be found in Library catalogs, which have limit to dissertations/theses search options:

Dissertations/Theses in Oskicat

Other Full-text Access: Online full-text of UC dissertations (from 1996) can be found by searching Dissertations & Theses @ University of California and also appear in Library catalog search results. UC Berkeley dissertations in print prior to 1996 may be found by searching the Library catalogs. Dissertations done at other UC campuses prior to 1996 or ouside the UC system must be obtained through Interlibrary Loan or using the "Request" option in Melvyl.

Primary Source Databases

Microform

The UC Berkeley Libraries has extensive microform (microfilm and microfiche) collections, containing valuable information for researchers. The following lists of African American microform holdings include much primary source material.

 

The Newspapers and Microforms Room(40 Doe Library) has machines that read, print, and scan images from microfilm and microfiche.

Microfilm and microfiche owned by the UC Berkeley Libraries can be found through OskiCat; use Advanced Keyword Search to limit your search to "All Microforms." In the News/Micro collection, microfilm rolls and microfiche cards are shelved with their own numbering system; click here for a PDF of the collection's floorplan.

Bibliographies


African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography Call #: Doe Reference and Main (Gardner) Stacks PN4882.5.A12 A37 1998 Read at Google Read at Google


African American Women: An Annotated Bibliography Call #: Main (Gardner) Stacks E185.86.A12 T46 2001 Read at Google Read at Google


Bibliography of African American Leadership: An Annotated Guide Call #: Doe Reference E185.61.A12 W29 2000 Read at Google Read at Google


Blacks in the American West and Beyond--America, Canada, and Mexico: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography Call #: Doe Reference and Bancroft E185.925.A12 J86 2000 Read at Google Read at Google


Kaiser Index to Black Resources, 1948-1986 Call #: Doe Reference and Main (Gardner) Stacks E185.A12 K34 1992 Read at Google Read at Google


RCL: Resources for College Libraries Call #: Doe Reference Z1039.C65 R35 2006 v.1-7 (2006), consult v.6 for African American Studies Read at Google Read at Google

Encyclopedias


African Americans and Popular Culture Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall E185.625 .A384 2008 v.1-3 (c2008) Read at Google Read at Google


Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall DT14 .A37435 2005 v.1-5 (2005) Read at Google Read at Google


Almanac of African American Heritage: A Book of Lists Featuring People, Places, Times, and Events That Shaped Black Culture Call #: Doe Reference E185 .A448 2001 Read at Google Read at Google


Black Women in America Call #: Online and Doe Reference Reference Hall E185.86 .B542 2005 v.1-3 Read at Google Read at Google


Encyclopedia of African-American Culture and History Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall E185 .E54 2006 Read at Google Read at Google


Encyclopedia of African American History Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall E185 .E544 2010 v.1-3 (2010) Read at Google Read at Google


Encyclopedia of the African Diaspora : Origins, Experiences, and Culture Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall DT16.5 .E53 2008 v.1-3 (c2008) Read at Google Read at Google


Encyclopedia of Black Studies Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall E185 .E554 2005 Read at Google Read at Google


Encyclopedia of the Harlem Literary Renaissance Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall PS153.N5 B675 2006 Read at Google Read at Google


Encyclopedia of Minorities in American Politics Call #: Doe Reference Reference Hall E184.A1 E574 2000 Read at Google Read at Google

Book Review Databases

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.
  3. EndNote: may be purchased from UC Berkeley's Software Central.

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

Citation Styles

By following these guidelines, you avoid plagiarism, which is a serious violation of the Code of Student Conduct.

How do you cite sources?
The means to identify sources is to provide citations within your text linking appropriate passages to relevant resources consulted or quoted. This can be done through in-text parenthetic notes, footnotes, or endnotes. In addition, a bibliography or list of works cited, is almost always placed at the end of your paper. The citation system and format you use will be determined by the citation style you choose.

Below are links to guides for the three major styles used for most academic papers or research in the humanities, social sciences, and some scientific disciplines:

How do you choose a style?
Ask your instructor which style sheet he or she wishes you to use and if there are other special formatting instructions you should follow.

Where do I find the most authoritative information about these styles?
If you have questions or citations not covered by the Library's guides, please consult one of the following official style manuals. If you consult other, less official manuals or online style guides that purport to explain these style, please be aware that these sometimes contain errors which conflict with the official guides:

APA Style
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2010 (call number: BF76.7.P83 2010, multiple libraries). Official APA style guide.
 
American Psychological Association's style guide FAQ
 
MLA Style
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009 (call number: LB2369.G53 2009, multiple libraries). A somewhat simplified guide, adequate for undergraduate and most other research papers.
 
MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. 3rd ed. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2008 (call number: PN147.G444 2008, multiple libraries). For graduate students, scholars, and professional writers (more depth on copyright, legal issues, and writing theses, dissertations, and scholarly publishing).
 
Turabian Style
Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 6th edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996 (call number: LB2369.T8 1996, multiple libraries).
 
Chicago Style
The Chicago Manual of Style. 15th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003 (call number: Z253.U69 2003, multiple libraries).

Using Boolean Operators & Truncation

BOOLEAN OPERATORS

TRUNCATED SEARCHES

 

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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