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Research Guide for College Writing 8, Instructor: Skolnick, Summer 2013

Campus Library Map

Click on the image below to see a larger interactive version of the campus library map.

UC Berkeley Library campus map

You can also view/download a PDF map of library locations. For library contact information and building addresses, visit our directory.

Off-campus access to library resources

You can access UCB Library resources from off campus or via your laptop or other mobile device using one of two simple methods:

Proxy Server
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.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)
After you install and run the VPN "client" software on your computer, you can log in with a CalNet ID to establish a secure connection with the campus network.

Doe, Main Stacks, Moffitt Library floorplans

Looking for a location in Doe, Main Stacks or Moffitt?  Try the floorplans, or ask for assistance!

Library Hours

Hours on: 
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To select individual libraries/units, hold down the Ctrl key while clicking.

Printing and Scanning in the Libraries

All libraries on campus are equipped with "bookscan stations," which allow you to:

Scanning to a USB drive is free.  Moffitt Copy Center sells flash drives.

Scanning documents to print is 8 cents a page (color printing: 60 cents a page).picture of open book

In order to send documents to the printer from any of the public computers in the libraries, you must have the following:

Have more questions? There's more info here.

This guide has been archived

Please note: this course guide was created during a previous semester, and is no longer being actively maintained. For a list of current course guides, please see

Background Sources about UC Berkeley

The following titles are just examples of sources for background information on the campus. Click on the titles to view the OskiCat record, including library location, call number and availability.

For more sources, search Oskicat by keywords, browse the reference collection of Doe Library (2nd floor) or ask for assistance.

Research Guide:  UC Berkeley Buildings and Campus (from the Environmental Design Library)

UC Berkeley Buildings, Features & Sites (from the Environmental Design Library)

Centennial Record of the University of California

University of California, Berkeley: an architectural tour and photographs

Photographic guide to the University of California, Berkeley

John Galen Howard and the University of California: the design of a great public university campus


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.

Call numbers are on the spine of the book; learn how to read them so you can find what you need on the shelves.

Sample Searches in OskiCat

1.  keyword search with truncation:

     keywords:  free speech movement

* = truncation symbol/wildcard   (child* = child, childs, children, childish, childhood...)

click on the long form of the record to see official subject headings and other key terms you can use to find more items:

subject:  student movements california berkeley history

searching by subject keywords brings up a list of the heading and subheadings, for example:

other features:

11 million items and 29 libraries not enough? Try MELVYL, catalog for 10 UC campuses!

Finding Maps and Atlases in the Library

Search OskiCat, the UCB Library catalog, by keywords, such as:   berkeley calif* maps

click on modify search to limit by year of publication, other keywords, language, etc.

UC Berkeley's Earth Sciences and Maps Library

UC Berkeley Library's Electronic Resources:  Maps, Atlases etc.

SMS and QR Codes in OskiCat

You can now text yourself a call number or use a QR code reader to find the location of an item in the UCB Library. Just click on a title in your OskiCat search results, and both options will be displayed on the right.

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Search Results

Article Databases - Finding

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

3.  OR, to find newspaper databases:

Library home > Articles >  News Article Databases

Sample Searches - Finding Articles

Library home > Articles > News Article Databases > Access World News

Shortcuts:  California newspapers

All Text:  occupy farm berkeley

UC-eLinks - Find Article Text/Location

Once you've searched a database to find articles, you may need to use UC-eLinks orange logo 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:

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For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.

Daily Californian newspaper

Current issues - Daily Cal web site

1997 - 2009 :  go to Lexis-Nexis

From September 01, 1997 through December 05, 2009

Stories from December 15, 2001 through January 3, 2002 are not available

in the "Search the News" section, enter Daily Californian in the Source Title box

and your search terms in the Search for box

Earlier years:  ask for assistance at the Newspaper/Microforms Room, 40 Doe Library.  Hours


Finding Local Census Data

The United States Census is an official population survey conducted every ten years, as mandated by the US Constitution.  The Census Bureau also conducts other surveys during the years between the decennial ("every 10 years") census counts.

Much of the data from the 2000 and 2010 censuses, along with a lot of other data, is available online at the Census Bureau web site.

To find local information:  start with the Census Bureau web site.  Under "Quick Facts", pull down the "select a state" menu to California.  Note that two columns of data are listed, comparing California with the United States as a whole.

On the California data page, pull down the "Select a City" menu to a specific city, such as Berkeley.  Note that two columns of data are listed, comparing Berkeley with California as a whole.

Also note the link:   "Want more?  Browse data sets for (name of state or city)."

Sometimes a city will use Census data to create reports with more detail, such as this one for San Francisco neighborhoods.

Searching the Internet - Tips

Think about who might create the source you're looking for:  a goverment?  (which country, state, county, city, etc.?)  a business?  a non-profit?  an individual? a news source?  social media site?

Would it be useful to search certain types of sites:  Wikipedia,, Tripadvisor, Yelp, etc.?

Think about search terms:

- use alternative terms when necessary (statistics san francisco; population san francisco)

- add place names as needed:              japanese americans
                                                              japanese americans san francisco

- add other terms to narrow down results:    history japanese americans san francisco

- take out terms if necessary:                 businesses catering to LGBT community
                                                               businesses LGBT community

- look around for useful terms to use:     directory businesses LGBT san francisco




And When You Find It...Evaluate It!

You already know that you should evaluate anything you find on the Internet.  Here are some reminders of what to look for.

Why Can't I Just Use Google?

If you want to use Google for research, use Google Books or Google Scholar.

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 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:

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

Selected Web Pages related to the University

Facts and History about UC Berkeley

Free Speech Movement Digital Archives - Bancroft Library

Free Speech Movement Archives - independent

Regional Oral History Office - Bancroft Library

Featured Projects > UC History

Media Resources Center lists of videos


How to Avoid Plagiarism

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.

Citing Your Sources

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

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.

How to link from the Refworks record to a pdf on your hard drive

Exporting from OskiCat to Refworks

EndNote: may be purchased from UC Berkeley's Software CentralThe Library's Guide to EndNote.  And more Tips from EndNote.

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

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Getting Help

Other ways to get help:  in person, by e-mail, using specialized chat services

And of course:  e-mail Corliss!

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