ENGLISH R1B: The Conscience
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- Cody Hennesy
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- Office Location: 212 Doe
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About this Guide
A guide to library resources for K Ding's English course on the conscience.
This guide has been archived
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
North reading room, Doe Library, UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA. January 2012
Library catalog history
Photo of card catalog from Kent Kanouse on Flickr.
Photo of card catalog index card by dfulmer on Flickr.
Searching Library Catalogs
Use OskiCat to locate materials on the shelves of the UC Berkeley libraries and also to:
Use Melvyl to locate materials at other campuses in the UC system, or worldwide, and also to
- request materials from another library if we don't own it
- find articles from some article databases
- easily format a citation for copying into a bibliography
Melvyl will also show you the location and availablity of items that we own.
- Search for artist/author using the author search: Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
- Search for topics using a keyword search: conscience and psychology
- Use an asterisk as a wildcard: psycho* finds psychology, psychopath, psychosis...
- Limit results by language (Modify search)
- You can browse topics using the Subject links. When you're in the record for a relevant book, look for subject links like these to connect to a list of related materials:
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.
Log in to Request with your Calnet ID and fill out the screens. Choose the volume you want, for periodicals:
Below are a few article databases that you could use to get started. You can also find more browsing the Library's database collection by subjects such as literature or psychology.
Academic Search Complete
A multidisciplinary index to articles in more than 10,900 journals.
Includes over 1000 scholarly journals with access to more than 2 million articles.
MLA International Bibliography
Indexes journal articles on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.
Includes references to journal articles, books, book chapters, and book reviews published in some 550 journals.
Where's the PDF?
Once you've used an article database to find articles on your topic, you may need to use this 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.)
To use library databases from off campus you have to set up the proxy server: this changes your browser settings.
- Different browsers [Firefox, Chrome, Safari...] have different instructions- they are all here.
- You can set it up on multiple devices
- You log in with your CalNet ID
- There's an alternative: the VPN
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).
- What kinds of sources do you need? If you need scholarly articles, search article databases on the library website. If you need movie times, search Google!
- Slow down.
- Is there an advanced search page?
- Can you limit to peer-reviewed articles?
- Can you limit by the year published?
- Can you use any subject terms to get more relevant results?
- Iterative searching
- Learn from the search results
- Too many results? Too few?
- Look at citations from good sources
Evaluation of sources
Cite your sources
Go to the research help page to have librarians answer your questions online:
- 24/7 Chat Reference
- Email Reference
- Phone Reference
- Library Liaisons (for in-depth, upper-level research)
- Oh, and there's always the reference desk too!
Library Prize for Undergraduate Research
The Library Prize for Undergraduate Research recognizes excellence in undergraduate research projects that show evidence of significant inquiry using the library, its resources, and collections and learning about the research and information-gathering process itself.
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