Scheduling a consultation
Some reference questions can't be easily answered over e-mail; we are happy to talk with you in person or over the phone if your question is more complex or if you'd like a more in-depth consultation. Trying to schedule appointments via email is time-consuming. Here are some alternatives:
1. Call Jennifer Dorner (History Librarian) at 510-768-7059.
2. Use bCal to find Jennifer's calendar or Heather's calendar (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com) and locate a free slot between 9-5, Mon-Fri for Jennifer, and between 9-5, M/T/Th for Heather. You can propose an appointment in bCal or contact one of us by email to confirm the appointment time.
3. If you don't use bCal yet and you have a gmail address, you can send that to Jennifer or Heather and we'll grant you access to our calendars.
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.
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.
History 101 Resources
Reading, Writing, and Researching for History: A Guide for College Students (Patrick Rael, Bowdoin College) - This is a really detailed, step-by-step guide to writing a serious history paper, from asking good questions to keeping a research journal to citing archival sources.
History 101 Manual, UC Berkeley History Department (from 2002 - library information is outdated)
Resources for Reading and Writing History (Mark Brilliant, UCB - lots of good strategic info, some library information is outdated)
Get Help in the Library
"There are no dumb questions!"
That's the philosophy of reference librarians, who are here to save you time and trouble. If you get stuck, you can talk to a reference librarian at any campus library.