General Article Databases
A complete list of Library-licensed article databases is available at Find Articles.
Academic Search Complete
A multidisciplinary index to articles in more than 10,900 journals and other publications in English, Spanish, German, French, Italian and Portuguese; full-text is available for over 5300 journals.
Lists journal articles, books, preprints, and technical reports in many subject areas (though more specialized article databases may cover any given field more completely). Use the UC-eLinks option, when available, to find the UCB access to a publication.
Includes over 1000 scholarly journals with access to more than 2 million articles. JSTOR is an archive which means that current issues (generally the most recent 3-5 years) of the journals are not yet available.
History Journal Articles
America: History and Life
Indexes over 2,000 journals published worldwide on the history of the US and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes all key English-language historical journals; selected historical journals from major countries, state, and local history journals; and a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities.
Black Studies Center (BSC)
Includes three modules: The Schomburg Studies on the Black Experience which includes interdisciplinary essays on the Black Experience; International Index to Black Periodicals (IIBP), a database covering some 150 scholarly and popular Black Studies journals, many of them in full text; and the full text backfile of the influential black newspaper The Chicago Defender (1910-1975).
Indexes over 2,000 journals, as well as historical book reviews and dissertations, published worldwide about all aspects of world history (excluding US and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Articles covered were written from 1954 to the present
Where's the PDF?
Once you've used an article database to find articles on your topic, you may need to use this button: 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.)
Maps and GIS
The Library subscribes to 30 different map collections. Some of the most useful are linked below.
The Earth Sciences & Map Library can help with questions about maps and GIS. The Data Lab in Doe can also assist with questions about using GIS data.
The UCB Geospatial Innovation Facility offers workshops (for a fee) to UC Berkeley students.
Historical Census Browser (University of Virginia)
Examine and map state and county statistics from historical volumes of the US Census of Population and Housing.
California Map Series
Maps of California's congressional districts,state senate and assembly districts and county maps. Produced by the California Voter Foundation.
David Rumsey Map Collection
Contains to date over 8,000 maps online and focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America cartographic history materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia and Africa are also represented. [Note: This collection is also part of the UC Image Service and can be viewed in two ways: the Insight Browser allows users to view the collection using a web browser; the Luna Insight software provides greater functionality but must be downloaded.]
Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970
Access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of more than 12,000 American towns and cities. Sanborn maps are historical tools for urban specialists, social historians, architects, geographers, genealogists, local historians, planners, environmentalists.
The library's geoportal that helps users find geospatial data in both vector and raster formats including scanned maps. Users can search both geographically and using a text-based search. Some data is restricted to UC Berkeley access only.
HISTOPO: Historic Topographic Maps of California
Provides access to over 360 historic topographic quadrangle maps produced by the U.S. Geological Survey between 1895 to 1997. Selected editions for maps covering the greater San Francisco Bay are currently available.
Aerial Photographs of Northern California
A collection of scanned air photos from the collection of the Earth Sciences & Map Library.