ENGLISH R1B: Parallel discourses: Sex and Race

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Proxy Server  (easiest method)
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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

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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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Other electronic resources

Need a place to begin ?

Have a topic you don't know much about? Encyclopedias can provide background that will help you get started and search more effectively.

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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 Even when you do not quote directly from another work...."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.

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The notes in this tab contain suggestions about how to proceed with research based on your assignment. These suggestions build upon, and presume familiarity with, the concepts and processes addressed in the Choosing a resource tab of this guide.

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Article databases

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