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Campus Library Map

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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.

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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.

Citation Management Tools

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!

  1. Zotero: A free plug-in for 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. Zotero is also available as a stand-alone application that syncs with Chrome and Safari, or as a bookmarklet for mobile browsers.
  2. RefWorks - web-based and free for UC Berkeley users. It allows you to create your own database by importing references and using them for footnotes and bibliographies, then works with Word to help you format references and a bibliography for your paper. Use the RefWorks New User Form to sign up.
  3. EndNote: Desktop software for managing your references and formatting bibliographies. You can purchase EndNote from the Cal Student Store

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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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 http://lib.berkeley.edu/alacarte/course-guides.

Literary Criticism v. Book Reviews

Literary Criticism is in-depth scholarly analysis of a literary work.  As such, literary criticism may be published months, years or centuries after the publication of the literary work. 

Book reviews are published at the time of the publication of the literary work and are intended for potential readers.  Although they can be very useful to a student they are not considered scholarly works.

Article Databases

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

Finding Literary Criticism: Articles

Search strategies for MLA Bibliography:

1.  Search by title of the literary work (example:  gangster of love)

2.  If you need to retrieve more items, search by the author's name (ex:  hagedorn, jessica)

3.  You may have to combine the title with the author's name; if so, put them in separate lines:

jazz
morrison, toni

4.  Look through your search results for useful search terms; combine them with author's names or other search terms.  Use the truncation symbol/wildcard * to retrieve variant word endings:

kincaid, jamaica
postcolonial*

french caribbean
feminis*

Where is the actual article?

The full text of some articles is available online via the Library's article databases. For other articles you'll need to find the physical library location and call number of the journal.

The easiest way to do this is to use the UC e-links feature which is available in many (not all) databases.

When you find an item you're interested in, click on the UC e-links icon, which will lead to links to full text if available, or else a link to the Next Generation MELVYL catalog.  Click on the Next Generation MELVYL link to search for the library location of the journal.

Watch the UC e-links movie!  (4 minutes).  For assistance in reading a Next Generation MELVYL record for a journal title, go here  or ask for assistance.

Catalogs

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.

Finding Literary Criticism - Books @ UCB

Start with OskiCat to find literary criticism in book form in the UCB libraries.

Criticism on very famous works may be searched using the title of the literary work, but don't forget to search by author:

othello criticism
or
william shakespeare criticism

or by subject:

gender identity in literature

For each item make sure you know the name of the physical library, call number, and whether  it's checked out, library use only, etc.

If the author is very contemporary there may not be literary criticism in book form yet.  Try MELVYL or search for articles; or ask for research assistance.

Find Articles - Background for a Literary Work

To find articles on the historical or sociological background for a literary work, try using an article database that is interdisciplinary (covers multiple academic disciplines).  For example:

Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > Academic Search Complete

Sample searches: 

1.   japanese american*
       internment

* = truncation or wildcard symbol; child* = child, childs, children, childish, childhood...

2. limiting your search:

in the left sidebar, check off "scholarly/peer-reviewed journals"

3.  add a search term

     in the third search box, add a term (you can use "or" to retrieve one or the other term)

japanese american*
internment
child* or student*

Where is the actual article?

The full text of some articles is available online via the Library's article databases. For other articles you'll need to find the physical library location and call number of the journal.

The easiest way to do this is to use the UC e-links feature which is available in many (not all) databases.

When you find an item you're interested in, click on the UC e-links icon, which will lead to links to full text if available, or else a link to the Next Generation MELVYL catalog.  Click on the Next Generation MELVYL link to search for the library location of the journal.

Watch the UC e-links movie!  (4 minutes).  For assistance in reading a Next Generation MELVYL record for a journal title, go here  or ask for assistance.

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