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You can access UCB Library resources from off campus or via your laptop or other mobile device using one of two simple methods:
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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).
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.
Your instructor may want you to use "peer reviewed" articles as sources for your paper. Or you may be asked to find "academic," "scholarly," or "refereed" articles. What do these terms mean?
Let's start with the terms academic and scholarly, which are synonyms. An academic or scholarly journal is one intended for a specialized or expert audience. Journals like this exist in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Examples include Nature, Journal of Sociology, and Journal of American Studies. Scholarly/academic journals exist to help scholars communicate their latest research and ideas to each other; they are written "by experts for experts."
Most scholarly/academic journals are peer reviewed; another synonym for peer reviewed is refereed. Before an article is published in a peer-reviewed journal, it's evaluated for quality and significance by several specialists in the same field, who are "peers" of the author. The article may go through several revisions before it finally reaches publication.
Magazines like Time or Scientific American, newspapers, (most) books, government documents, and websites are not peer-reviewed, though they may be thoroughly edited and fact-checked. Articles in scholarly journals (in printed format or online) usually ARE peer-reviewed.
How can you tell if an article is both scholarly and peer-reviewed?Read more
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.
After the introduction, click on "Cities" then mouse over China on the map; click on "Imperial China" and read about Chang'an
Women in Chinese History - bibliography
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.
earch OskiCat for both primary and secondary sources. Examples:
Search by keywords, look at long forms of items to find official subject headings:
1. (keywords) tang china gender*
subject: women china social conditions
sex role china history
sex role china history to 1500
patriarchy china history
china social conditions 221BC - 960 AD
china civilization 221BC - 960AD
marriage china history
* = truncation symbol/wildcard for variant word endings
ex: immigra* = immigrant, immigrants, immigrating, immigration...
NOTE: OskiCat glitch: if the word is short (often under 4-5 characters the catalog might not return any results, for instance: chin* = 0 results!!!)
2. remember there can be multiple names for a person or multiple spellings of a name:
(keywords) "liu bang"
(quotes keep multiple words together")
subject: han gaozu, emperor of china, 247-195 B.C.
3. other examples:
wu tse tien
wu hou empress
you may have to search more broadly than your specific topic - for example, to find materials on the war between the Sui dynasty and the Korean nation of Koguryo, you may have to search for materials about the Sui dynasty, or Koguryo, or the emperor who started the wars.
go to Advanced search to combine searches and limits
Try out these OskiCat features:
For materials about law - search LawCat, the Law Library catalog - these materials are not in OskiCat!
If you use MELVYL, remember that the Law Library shows up under "Worldwide libraries" not under UC Berkeley
A large part of the library's collection is stored off campus in an environmentally secure building called the Northern Regional Library Facility [NRLF].
Submit online requests via the REQUEST button in OskiCat to borrow material shelved at 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. Staff at public service desks of any campus library can assist you with further questions.
EXCEPTION: Materials belonging to Bancroft Library MUST be requested via their online form
Log in to Request with your Calnet ID and fill out the screens. Choose the volume you want, for periodicals:
Google Books contains millions of scanned books, from libraries and publishers worldwide. You can search the entire text of the books, view previews or "snippets" from books that are still in copyright, and read the full text of out-of-copyright (pre-1923) books. Want to read the entire text of an in-copyright book? Use Google Books' Find in a Library link to locate the book in a UC Berkeley library, or search OskiCat to see if UC Berkeley owns the book.
Why use Google Books?
Library catalogs (like OskiCat) don't search inside books; using a library catalog, you can search only information about the book (title, author, Library of Congress subject headings, etc.). Google Books will let you search inside books, which can be very useful for hard-to-find information. Try it now:
ebrary is our largest collection of full text ebooks, with 40,000 titles on a wide range of subjects. Find them in the UCB catalog, OskiCat (keyword: ebrary or limit to "Available Online"), or search the ebrary site directly:
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
1. han punish*
look at a few items, look for official subject headings (in BAS they tend to be very broad)
subject: china politics and government law
(on the left-look at "facets"); click on history - by period - antiquity to Ming
2. gender tang china history
click on subject: china anthropology and sociology women
check off "search within" (the results): tang
fashion* or dress or costume* or clothing
Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > JSTOR
REMEMBER: JSTOR doesn't include articles from the last 3-5 years!!!
1. confucius (full text)
law or legal (full text)
add a field
china (full text)
results are rather broad and the terms can be pages away from one another. Would you like to be able to specify that the terms appear within a few words of one another?confucius (full text)
(near 25) law (full text)
(near 25) china (full text)
note: you can't use more than one term per row when you use "near 25" so you can't do "near25" law or legal...sorry!
another search example:
Please note that you will have to distinguish between book reviews BY Professor Nylan and book reviews of books written by Professor Nylan
Book Review Digest Plus
Library home > Articles > Book and Film Review Databases > Book Review Digest Plus
nylan, michael (subject)
if you search Prof. Nylan as an author you'll find book reviews written by her. If you search her as a subject you'll find book reviews about her books
Once you've searched a database to find articles, you may need to use 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:
For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.
You already know that you should evaluate anything you find on the Internet. Here are some reminders of what to look for.
Use the Advanced Search for more searching options.
Remember 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 http://proxy.lib.berkeley.edu/. 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: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/doemoff/tutorials/proxy.html
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
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.
If you've never used Zotero before, use the QuickStart Guide to get started.
Change your preferences if you want Zotero to
To use Zotero to find specific articles in our library's databases, set up the Open URL resolver with this link: http://ucelinks.cdlib.org:8888/sfx_local?
An in-depth discussion of the relative virtues of Endnote and Zotero,
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!
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.
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:
Research Advisory Service for Cal Undergraduates
Book a 30-minute appointment with a librarian who will help refine and focus research inquiries, identify useful online and print sources, and develop search strategies for humanities and social sciences topics (examples of research topics).
Schedule, view, edit or cancel your appointment online (CalNetID required)
This service is for Cal undergraduates only. Graduate students and faculty should contact the library liaison to their department or program for specialized reference consultations.
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