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You can access UCB Library resources from off campus or via your laptop or other mobile device using one of two simple methods:
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.
The Charlene Conrad Liebau 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.
Use OskiCat to locate 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. More OskiCat help.
Use Melvyl to locate materials related to your topic located at other campuses in the UC system, or worldwide. You can use the Request button to request an item from another library, if we don't own it. Detailed Melvyl help.
In every catalog you use, not the name of the physical library, call number, and whether or not the item is checked out, library use only, etc.
Databases are collections of thousands of articles (and often book chapters, book reviews, conference proceedings, dissertations, and other items) organized by subject. The Libraries have hundreds of databases covering every academic discipline. Some are multi-disciplinary, covering a broad range of subjects and including popular and scholarly sources, and others are subject-specific, and include scholarly and specialized articles. A complete list is available at Find Articles.
The following multi-disciplinary databases are good places to start your research:
Sample Searches in MLA Bibliography (Literature)
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Literature > MLA Bibliography
1. dr jekyll and mr hyde (all fields (no full text))
dr jekyll and mr hyde (all fields (no full text))
dracula (all fields (no full text))
2. robot* or android* (all fields (no full text))
film* or movie* (all fields (no full text))
language of publication: english
3. search by subject term:
cyborg (subject heading (all))
Sample Searches in PsycInfo (Psychology)
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Psychology > PsycInfo
vampire* (all fields (no full text))
teen or adolesc* (all fields (no full text))
serial killer* (all fields (no full text))
celebrit* (all fields (no full text))
Sample Searches in Academic Search Complete (all topics)
Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > Academic Search Complete
pedophil* or "child molest*" (select a field - optional)
priest* (select a field - optional)
(modify original search):
pedophil* or "child molest*" or "child sexual abuse*" (select a field - optional)
priest* or clergy* (select a field - optional)
check off "scholarly (peer reviewed) journals"
Citation management tools help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, organize and store your PDFs, and create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but all are easier than doing it by hand!
Tip: After creating a bibliography with a citation management tool, it's always good to double check the formatting; sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.
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1. Call me at 510-768-7059
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Starting February 19, every Wednesday from 1-3 I will also be available to answer your questions in the History Department's office.
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