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Set up your computer for off campus access to library databases.
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Each library has its own hours. Click on the calendar for each library to view a month at a time.
The 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.
If UCB does not own the item you need, we will borrow it for you from another library, if possible. We need a specific citation (example, for books - title, author, date of publication, publisher; for articles, title, author, journal/publication title, date, page numbers).
If you are in MELVYL and find the record for an item UCB doesn't own, click on the "Request" button to initiate the request.
If the item isn't owned by another UC, pull down the "Libraries to search" menu in MELVYL to "Libraries Worldwide" and re-try the search. If you find the item, click on the "Request" button to initiate the request.
These are just a few examples of possible background sources on the general subject of Asia. To find more, search OskiCat by keywords (example: asia encyclopedias, china history dictionaries, etc.) or browse the reference collections of Doe Library and the East Asian Library.
Note that in OskiCat, "Doe Reference - Reference Hall" refers to the hall that includes the reference desk; "Doe Reference" refers to the North Reading Room; see floor plan.
UCB Law Library (Boalt Hall)
materials are not listed in OskiCat; use LawCat (see "secondary sources" tab for samples searches
Hoover Institute Archives (Stanford)
Guide to Papers of May-ling Soong Chiang (at Wellesley, sorry)
Finding archives at other institutions: Archive Finder (reminder: for individuals, search last name first)
To find books, DVDs, maps, sound recordings, manuscripts, and much more - everything except articles - use a library catalog.
OskiCat = most UC Berkeley libraries
MELVYL = all UC campus libraries, including all UC Berkeley libraries
What's the difference? more details here
For each item make sure you know the name of the physical library, call number, and whether or not it's checked out, library use only, etc.
Search OskiCat for both primary and secondary sources. Examples:
1. keywords; broadening your search terms; finding official subject terms; limiting by language
(keywords) communist party china unity
(keywords) communist party history china
look at the titles and official subject terms and find other terms
Zhongguo gong chan dang -- History. (click on headings to see list)
(keywords) interwar japan*
note: minimum five characters: so chin* doesn't work! try your searches twice:
china unity philosoph*
chinese unity philosoph*
* = truncation symbol/wildcard for variant word endings
ex: immigra* = immigrant immigrants immigration etc.
Library home > Libraries and Collections > Law > LawCat
keyword: comparative law china
subject: comparative law china (0)
keyword: "comparative law" china
Search an article database to find citations (title, author, title of journal, date, page numbers) for articles on a particular topic. The Library gives you access to over 200 article databases covering different disciplines.
1. Think about which academic disciplines might write about your topic. Examples: literature, film, anthropology, history...
2. Find the appropriate article database by subject (academic discipline or department). Look for "Recommended" databases.
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject
See also: Law Library Databases > Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
East Asian Library > Electronic Resources
searching (1) databases
check off PAIS and EconLit - you are now searching all 3 databases simultaneously
communist party china unity (select a field - optional)
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > East Asian Studies > Bibliography of Asian Studies
(entire record) interwar
(entire record) cultur*
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > H > History > Historical Abstracts (scholarly secondary sources; covers 1450-present)
unity (select a field - optional)
communist party (select a field - optional)
china (select a field - optional)
hm, look around for other terms
succession (select a field - optional)
communist party (select a field - optional)
china (select a field - optional)
Historical period from: 1945 to 1990
Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > JSTOR
Everyone Loves JSTOR:
Once you've searched a database to find articles, you may need to use to link to a PDF or html file if the full text is not immediately available. Each database is a bit different, but a good rule of thumb is this: when you see the Uc-eLinks icon click on it to view your article access options, which can range from full text to a call number to an Interlibrary Loan request:
For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.
Find Dissertations by searching Dissertations and Theses (Dissertation Abstracts) Full Text, which indexes graduate dissertations from over 1,000 North American, and selected European, graduate schools and universities from 1861 to the present. Dissertations published since 1980 include brief abstracts written by the authors and some feature 24-page excerpts. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and some full text coverage for older graduate works.
Also see Find Dissertations and Theses for other specialized sources. Dissertations completed at UC Berkeley can be found in OskiCat, using the feature allowing you to limit to dissertations/theses:
Primary sources can be found in a variety of library tools:
Learn more about your topic in advance:
Search OskiCat for primary sources using keywords and adding terms that denote primary sources, such as:
chinese cookery (mostly US, but...)
(subject) agriculture china sources
Search individuals as author AND as subjects:
(author) chavez, cesar
(subject) chavez, cesar
author: mattachine society
Also try limiting by date:
(keywords) japan cultur*
(subject) japan civilization
years: 1918 to 1939
finding newspapers by country:
(any field) korea* newspapers
books or journals: journals/magazines/newspapers
note: don't confuse the first date of publication of the newspaper with the dates that we actually own - ask for assistance if you're not sure what we have
alternative: ask at the Newspapers/Microforms Room for a computer printout of newspaper titles by geographical location.
See also: East Asian Library > Electronic Resources
Historical Newspapers Online (Times of London, some full text)
NOTE: remember to think about the terminology, spelling and transliteration that might have been used at the time!
Combined Indexes/Palmer's Full Text
1. keyword: soochow
select decade: 1860-1869
2. keyword: major gordon
major heading: china
specify date range: from 1855 January 1
to 1864 December 31 (note: maximum 10 years)
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
click on full text to view text; pages with hits are marked with a box; pages with tables and graphs are also noted
Access World News
click on the map or the list of continents and browse to the countries you're interested in (this will limit your search to news sources from those countries - mostly English language)
note that China, Hong Kong and Taiwan are of course listed separately
note that the 2nd search box defaults to "date" - change it to all text if you prefer
if the search is too broad, consider changing the search from All Text to Lead/First Paragraph; example:
Lead/First paragraph falun gong
under "Research Countries" click on Browse Sources
2. Filter by: Countries:
you can select Asia, or further down, a specific country)
3. Publication Type: News
select appropriate category (ex: Newspapers)
select each title that you're interested in
above and to the right of "Trail: Publication Type" etc., click on OK Continue (red button)
search terms: aum shinrikyo
once you have search results, you can narrow them down:
search within results: trial*
In order to avoid plagiarism, you must give credit when
This content is part of the Understanding Plagiarism tutorial created by the Indiana University School of Education.
If you've never used Zotero before, use the QuickStart Guide to get started.
Change your preferences if you want Zotero to
To use Zotero to find specific articles in our library's databases, set up the Open URL resolver with this link: http://ucelinks.cdlib.org:8888/sfx_local?
An in-depth discussion of the relative virtues of Endnote and Zotero,
The UCB Library Guide to Citing Your Sources discusses why you should cite your sources and links to campus resources about plagiarism. It also includes links to guides for frequently used citation styles. Also:
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!
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.
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. Refworks Help is pretty good.
It's always good to double check the formatting -- sometimes the software doesn't get it quite right.
1. select items you wish to export
2. click on the "Selected" link to view the items you have selected
3. click on Export to RIS
4. when prompted, save the file
5. login to Refworks
6. From the References menu, click on Import
7. From the "Import Filter/Data Source" menu, select RIS Format (NOT Bibliography of Asian Studies, for some reason)
From the "Database" menu, select RIS Format
Select Text File: browse to find the RIS file you exported in steps 3 and 4 above
click on Import
note: if you are using Mozilla Firefox and have Zotero installed, Zotero will automatically grab the RIS file. If you want to export that file to Refworks, switch to a different browser.
You already know that you should evaluate anything you find on the Internet. Here are some reminders of what to look for.
Use the Advanced Search for more searching options.
Please note that Google Books search results do not necessarily include the full text of the book; some include no text at all, some include a limited preview (only some pages of the book).
When you use Google Scholar, make sure to update your Scholar Preferences (see below) so you'll be able to use UC e-links to find the UC Berkeley library locations/online availability of the articles.
Step 1: If you haven't already done this, set up your proxy server access by following the directions at http://proxy.lib.berkeley.edu/. When you get to a point where you are accessing resources that the Library pays for, you will be prompted for your CalNet ID and password. For more help see: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/doemoff/tutorials/proxy.html
Step 2: Change your “Scholar Preferences.” Access these by clicking on the small icon in the upper right of the screen.
Step 3: In search box next to "Library Links," type in University of California Berkeley and click on “Find Library”
Step 4: Check all the boxes next to "University of California Berkeley"
Step 5: Click on "Save Preferences" at bottom of page
Research Advisory Service for Cal Undergraduates
Book a 30-minute appointment with a librarian who will help refine and focus research inquiries, identify useful online and print sources, and develop search strategies for humanities and social sciences topics (examples of research topics).
Schedule, view, edit or cancel your appointment online (CalNetID required)
This service is for Cal undergraduates only. Graduate students and faculty should contact the library liaison to their department or program for specialized reference consultations.
Other ways to get help: in person, by e-mail, contacting librarian specialists...
And of course: e-mail Corliss!
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