ENV SCI 163AC: Environmental Justice

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Library research guide for ESPM 163AC, Instructor: O'Rourke Spring 2014

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Library Prize for Undergraduate Research

Library Prize 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.

Requesting Materials from Other Libraries

If UCB does not own the item you need, we will borrow it for you from another library, if possible.  We need a specific citation (example, for books - title, author, date of publication, publisher; for articles, title, author, journal/publication title, date, page numbers).

If you are in MELVYL and find the record for an item UCB doesn't own, click on the "Request" button to initiate the request.

If the item isn't owned by another UC, pull down the "Libraries to search" menu in MELVYL to "Libraries Worldwide" and re-try the search.  If you find the item, click on the "Request" button to initiate the request.

If you are not using MELVYL, use the online Interlibrary Loan forms to request an item.  Track the progress of your request via "My ILL Requests."

Brainstorming Academic Disciplines

Example:

Topic:  Image of African American women in advertising

potentially relevant disciplines:

African American Studies
Gender and Women's Studies
Ethnic Studies
Media Studies
Psychology
Sociology
Business
etc.

 

Keywords - Brainstorming

Developing appropriate keywords/search terms is an essential part of research.  First, break your topic into components.  Develop a list of synonyms and alternative terminology for each component.  Think about broader and narrower concepts and word variants.  What words can you exclude?

Topic: Image of African American Women in Advertising

image(s) or stereotyp(es)(ing) or depict(ion) or portray(al)...

african american(s) or black(s) or minorit(y)(ies)

women or gender

advertis(e)(ing) or media

Remember to be creative with your terminology!  More examples:

people of color and environmental activism*
environmental justice
environmental justice and hazardous waste*
environmental equity
environmental discrimination
environmental racism
environmental injustice

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

Sample Databases for Scholarly Articles

Sample Databases for Newspaper Articles

Sample Searches - Article Databases

Academic Search Complete - interdisciplinary

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

1.  "climate action plan*"  (select a field - optional)

* = truncation symbol/wildcard  child* = child childs children childhood childish, etc.
quotes = a phrase (two or more words in a row)

2.  asthma (select a field optional)
      "environmental justice"  (select a field - optional)

asthma (select a field-optional)
race or income or socioeconomic  (select a field - optional)

use official subject headings to narrow your searches

asthma (select a field-optional)
race or income or socioeconomic  (subject)

ProQuest Social Sciences - multiple social science databases

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject >Ethnic Studies > ProQuest Social Sciences

3.  keywords search; narrow down by eliminating full text

"environmental justice" (anywhere)
"central valley"  (anywhere)
 california  (anywhere)

4.  if your search results are too general, try eliminating full text searching (esp with common terms like these)

obesity (anywhere)
"environmental justice"  (anywhere)

obesity  (all but full text)
"environmental justice"  (all but full text)

or subject headings:

obesity  (subject)
"environmental justice"  (all but full text)

Access World News (great for local newspapers but also national and international)

California newspapers

5.  (all text)    phat beets

6.  (all text)  global warming solutions act

to narrow down results, limit to search terms found in headline and lead paragraphs:

(lead/first paragraphs)  global warming solutions act


Search Results

UC-eLinks - Find Article Text/Location

Once you've searched a database to find articles, you may need to use UC-eLinks orange logo 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:

UC e-Links image

For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.

About JSTOR!

Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > JSTOR

Everyone Loves JSTOR:

CAUTIONS:

California government/legislative information

UCB Library's full list of state government resources here.

Federal Government Legislative and Other Resources

UCB Library's complete list of Federal government resources here.

Mapping Resources - Selected

UCB Library's complete list of online Atlases, Maps and Gazeteers is here.

Note: many resources that are not primarily mapping tools,  such as Reference USA (a directory of businesses), include mapping features.

EPA:  Search Your Environment by Zip Code

Enter a zip code to find hazardous waste sites, air pollution emissions, toxic chemical releases, and other local information.

Sample Searches - Reference USA - mapping businesses

Library home > Electronic Resources > By Subject >Business > Directories> Reference USA

Available databases:  US Businesses

Custom Search

Business Type (on the left)

check off: Keyword/SIC/NAICS

select:  Search Primary NAICS only

liquor stores

select:  Geography  (on the left)

select:  City

pull down "Select a state" menu to California

pull down list of cities to Oakland, CA

click on View Results

click on Map

 

 

 

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.

How to Avoid Plagiarism

In order to avoid plagiarism, you must give credit when

Recommendations

 

This content is part of the Understanding Plagiarism tutorial created by the Indiana University School of Education.

Zotero Tips

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,

 

Citing Your Sources

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:

And When You Find It...Evaluate It!

You already know that you should evaluate anything you find on the Internet.  Here are some reminders of what to look for.

Why Can't I Just Use Google?

If you want to use Google for research, use Google Books or Google Scholar.

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

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Research Advisory Service

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.

Getting Help

Other ways to get help:  in person, by e-mail, contacting librarian specialists...

And of course:  e-mail Corliss!

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