some contain scholarly articles, some magazine articles, some news, etc.
often include more than articles (chapters in books, etc.)
a few more points...
results identify where articles were published (name of publication and associated volume/issue/date information)
results do notequal what UCB owns !
results sometimes link to article text
use UC-eLinks when article text is not available
Where is the article?
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...
This free encyclopedia is publicly editable and not a scholarly resource. Because anyone can write or add to an entry, the information may be innacurate or untrue. Through the very structure of its creation, it has dependability issues. Yet, it can still be a useful tool, if used wisely.
Like other encyclopedias, it can be helpful in obtaining topical background, and entries often list sources for further reading (which you can then see if UCB has). Use Wikipedia as a starting point for information you will verify in the course of your research via scholarlysources.
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.
Secondary & primary sources in the research process
Secondary sources: Generally the place to begin. They provide background on a topic and others analysis.
most scholarly books and articles fit this category
familiarize you with names of specific people or agencies involved, issues at stake, important dates, events, etc. Knowing this will help you search for primary sources, if that is your goal.
often have bibliographies that document materials consulted (which may identify materials you'd like to examine, and may note primary sources)
Primary sources: For those wanting to locate primary sources, they are often a second step in the search process, once you have learned the details from secondary sources (alerting you to the existence of, or help focus your search for, primary sources)
historically contemporaneous news coverage is one example of a primary source
see definition of primary sources below...
Historical primary sources were either created during the time period being studied or were created at a later date by a participant in the events being studied....They reflect the individual viewpoint of a participant or observer. Primary sources enable the researcher to get as close as possible to what actually happened during an historical event or time period
Library guide (in depth examination of finding historical primary sources)
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.
A research trajectory
Topic: Choose a topic based on your interest and what you've learned in class. Sometimes it helps to do some preliminary searching in a database to see what others are writing about if you're undecided or unsure about your choice.
Isolate resources likely to be of use for your focus (see suggested resources section of this page)
Search selected resources to see if others have written about your topic, or a related one (search tips section, below)
Select several promising results to examine closely, both for their own presentation of facts and to identify possible primary sources you might seek out. Remember to note any result's information you might need if you end up citing it.
find books on your topic
find periodicals you've identified as having articles on your topic
find articles and/or essays
For publications from a specific discipline...
determine discipline(s) relevant to your topic
view article databases by the corresponding subject(s)
example subjects... Literature, Film Studies, History, Media Studies, Information Studies, Law & Legal Studies...
For publications from many disciplines, use a General database
Academic Search Complete
popular and scholarly content (good for popular culture topics)
some results available online
strength is scholarly journal literature
use UC-eLinks to get full text, [ but you must first enable it - via Settings gear > Library links]
full text resource
use advanced search (to narrow to specific discipline, and set limits
Full Text News
Many newspaper websites make their current content available for free