COLWRIT 9A: Academic Research

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  • Cody Hennesy
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  • Office Hours: By appointment
  • Office Location: 212 Doe
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    510-984-3046

About this Guide

A guide to library resources for Cole's section of College Writing 9A on gentrification.

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This course guide was created during a previous semester, and is no longer being actively maintained. Here is a list of current course guides.

Doe Reading Room

doe north reading room, doe library, uc berkeley berkeley, ca january 2012

Starting off

Which of the following is the best place to start your research?

  • JSTOR
  • Oskicat
  • Google

UCB Libraries

The library website is your gateway to research at UC Berkeley.

UC Berkeley Library campus map

Library vocabulary

call number (let's try it)
A unique code on the spine of a book that tells you where the book is located on the shelves (like an address). 

catalog
A catalog contains records, with detailed descriptions and location information, of the materials in the library. UC Berkeley Library’s catalog is called OskiCat.

Circulation Desk
The area where you can check out, return, or renew library materials.

citation (image)
A brief description of a source (book, article, movie...) with specific publication details (such as title, journal, date, publisher, author, etc.)

Course Reserves
An area in the library where you can check-out items that your teacher has made available for your specific class. There may also be eReserves available for your class in bSpace.

full-text
Refers to a database or other electronic resource which provides the entire text of the works it contains (e.g., journal articles).

journal

Journals usually contain scholarly articles written by professors, researchers, or experts in a subject area, and are published periodically (weekly, monthly).

overdue
An item checked out that the borrower has kept past its due date. A library will usually charge a fine for overdue items.

periodical
Published on a regular schedule (e.g., weekly or monthly), popular periodicals are called magazines and scholarly periodicals are called journals. Newspapers are also periodicals.

Reference Desk (image)
The place in the library where reference librarians and assistants give you directions, answer your questions, and show you how to find and use library materials.

stacks (image)
Areas of a library where books and periodicals are shelved.

Adapted from the University of Maryland's Library Lingo.

Library catalog history

My brother's entry in the card catalog at the Yale library

Photo of card catalog from Kent Kanouse on Flickr.

photo of card catalog index card

Photo of card catalog index card by dfulmer on Flickr.

Searching Library Catalogs

oskicat logo

Use OskiCat to locate materials on the shelves of the UC Berkeley libraries and also to:

 

melvyl logo

 


Use Melvyl to locate materials at other campuses in the UC system, or worldwide, and also to

 

Oskicat Tips

Getting Material from NRLF

A large part of the library's collection is stored off campus at the Northern Regional Library Facility [NRLF].

Use the REQUEST button in OskiCat to borrow material at the NRLF. To receive electronic or paper copies of book chapters or journal articles, submit an online request via the "Request an article from NRLF (photocopy or web delivery)" link that appears in eligible titles in OskiCat.

nrlf request button in oskicat

Log in to Request with your Calnet ID and fill out the screens.  Choose the volume you want, for periodicals:

nrlf request item selection

General Article Databases

Databases related to gentrification topics

There are hundreds of article databases on different topics available on the library website, and you can browse them by different subjects. For this class you might make use of databases focused on:

Where's the PDF?

Once you've used an article database to find articles on your topic, you may need to use this button:uc-eLinks button in order to locate and read the full text of the article. 

UC-eLinks will link you to the online full text of an article if UCB has paid for online access; otherwise, UC-eLinks will help you locate a print copy on the shelf in the library. If UCB doesn't own the article in print or online format, UC-eLinks can also help you order a copy from another library.

For more information, watch this video tutorial (about 4 min.)

You can also set up UC-eLinks to work with Google Scholar.  For more information, watch this video tutorial (about 2 min.)

Proxy server

To use library databases from off campus you have to set up the proxy server: this changes your browser settings.

Research process

What does it look like?

Be Critical

The research process is part of the composition process. Don't be afraid to let your personal taste and inclinations guide the direction of your research. It's also important, however, to Critically Analyze Information Sources (Cornell). 

Cite your sources

A few questions to finish

Fill out this quick survey to finish up the class. thanks!

Chat and email reference

Go to the research help page to have librarians answer your questions online:

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