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Contact: (510) 643-8153 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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:
You can access UCB Library resources from off campus or via your laptop or other mobile device using one of two simple methods:
After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID or Library PIN when you click on the link to a licensed resource. See the setup instructions, FAQ, and Troubleshooting pages to configure your browser.
The UCB Library sponsors the Library Prize for Undergraduate Research. Win $1000 (upper division students) or $750 (lower division students) for your research paper!
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.
These are a few examples of sources that can provide background information and an overview on your topic:
Doe Refe = 2nd floor Doe Library floorplan
items listed as "Reference Hall" are in the same room as the Doe Reference desk
Moffitt Ref = main floor, Mofitt Library floorplan
Asian Amer = Ethnic Studies Library
1. Use refefence sources (see above) to learn basic facts about your topic, including dates, places, names of individuals and organizations, titles of specific publications, etc.
2. Find and read secondary sources (see Books/Media tab for OskiCat searches and Articles tab for searches in the America: History and Life database).
Make sure you look through the bibliographies of secondary sources, which can lead you to other secondary sources and to primary sources.
3. Search for primary sources (see Primary Sources tab).
More about the writing of papers:
This classic book on writing a college research paper is easily skimmed or deep enough for the truly obsessed researcher, explains the whole research process from initial questioning, through making an argument, all the way to effectively writing your paper.
This link is to the Google Books preview. But buy a secondhand copy for yourself. It's worth the $8 bucks.
Reading, Writing, and Researching for History: A Guide for College Students
Professor Patrick Rael [a Berkeley PhD] has written a comprehensive but easy to skim web guide to writing history papers. Recommended by History Dept faculty.
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.
Sample searches (both primary and secondary sources):
1. keywords: fred korematsu
refine your search: author: korematsu, fred
2. keywords: japanese american citizens league
refine your search: author: japanese american citizens league
3. if you know the title (leave off "the" and "a")
title: view from within
title: topaz times
title: daily californian (limit to journals/magazines/newspapers)
4. researching by topic:
keywords: japanese internment
keywords: japanese draft resist*
* = truncation/wildcard child* = child, childs, children, childhood, childish, etc.
pull down languages menu to English
5. click on the titles of relevant items, look at official subject headings, redo your search:
subject: japanese americans evacuation and relocation
6. other examples:
subject: japanese americans newspapers
subject: japanese american* interviews
subject: japanese americans personal narratives
subject: japanese americans berkeley
OskiCat: The Movie!
Try out these OskiCat features:
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.
Log in to Request with your Calnet ID and fill out the screens. Choose the volume you want, for periodicals:
You can also find non-print media of all types in OskiCat; search by keywords, author, subject, title, etc. and pull down the "Entire Collection" menu to the type of resource you want (maps, films, etc.)
note that you can chat with the Federal Documents Librarian when you have a question
look under "Quick Links" to find the Lexis-Nexis Congressional database for congressional publications
enter a year to view a list of all members of Congress for that year
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 searches in America: History and Life (article database - secondary sources):
japanese (select a field - optional)
internment (select a field - optional)
student* (select a field - optional)
historical period: 1940 to 1945
click on expand record to see long version of record including abstract
dorothea lange (select a field - optional)
ansel adams (select a field - optional)
internment (select a field - optional)
Watch the movie (short): navigating to America: History and Life, searching, saving and e-mailing a list of cites
See below for a movie demonstrating UC e-links from America: History and Life.
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.
Primary sources can be found in a variety of library tools:
Learn more about your topic in advance:
See the Books and Media tab for search examples.
How can you tell if something is a primary source by looking at OskiCat? Sometimes you can't, but here are some ideas:
If you're not sure, ask for assistance!
Sample searches in Historical Newspapers (ProQuest): (mostly primary sources)
1. Japanese american* internment
2. advanced search
Japanese (citation and document text)
Evacuation (citation and document text)
Alien* (citation and document text)
From: 1/1/1942 – 12/31/1945
Remember to use the terminology of the time period!
Note: read the help screens before trying to print!
Watch the movie version navigating to Historical Newspapers, searching, revising the search, e-mailing the cites - in MLA citation style!
Sample Searches in Readers Guide (primary sources - major American magazine articles)
1. Japanese (keywords)
2. Japanese Americans evacuation (subject)
limit by date: from year 1942 to year 1945
click on UC e-links to find library location
The Movie: navigating to Reader's Guide, searching, revising the searching, e-mailing the cites in MLA citation style.
Also try searching specific names and events:
General De Witt; Executive Order 9066, Civilian Exclusion Order 346, etc.!
A small sampling of Internment-related primary sources on the Internet:
the first link, "Documents and Photographs" is a little hard to use - scroll through the lesson plans to the links to the documents - the links are just a series of record numbers like 296057 - then you may still have to look for a tab that says something like "Digital Copies"
Search the Library of Congress site for many amazing collections - don't miss Ansel Adam's photographs of Manzanar
The Bancroft Library is one of the treasures of the campus, and one of the world's great libraries for the history of the American West.
Some Bancroft materials are available online via Calisphere, which includes primary sources from many California libraries and museums.
How to Use the Bancroft Library
1. Be prepared! Read secondary sources and know something about your topic.
2. Before you go: Search OskiCat so you can bring call numbers with you. You can limit your OskiCat search to find materials at the Bancroft Library, instead of all campus libraries (choose "Bancroft Library" from the pulldown menu that says "Entire Collection."). Remember that there are primary sources in many other campus libraries as well.
Important: if the item is in storage ("NRLF") and owned by The Bancroft Library, do not use the Request button in OskiCat. Instead, use the Bancroft's online request form AT LEAST 72 hours in advance (they prefer a week.)
If you have 72 hours in advance, you can also use the online request form for materials not in storage; that will speed things up when you arrive.
If the OskiCat record mentions a "finding aid" (an index) to a manuscript collection, you should use it to help you find what you need in the collection. If the finding aid is online there will be a link from the OskiCat record, or you can search the Online Archive of California to find it. The finding aids that are not online are near the Registration desk at the Bancroft Library.
3. Learn how to use the Bancroft Library. Read about Access (bring a quarter for lockers!) and Registration (bring two pieces of ID!). Remember to bring call numbers, titles, etc. with you. You will fill out a form to present to the Circulation Desk, and materials will be paged and brought to you.
5. Ask for assistance at The Bancroft Library's reference desk.Read more
To save to a flash (USB) drive, make sure you have a flash drive before you start! The Library does not sell flash drives.
1. If necessary, turn power on in this sequence:
2. On the reader, the "PC/PR" indicator should be set to "PC". If it is not, simultaneously hold the "PC/PR" and the "Shift" buttons down (for over a second). This action will toggle the reader between connections to the scanner (PC) and to the printer (indicated with a number).
3. Load microfilm/microfiche into the reader as usual. Locate the frame to scan and center it on the outlined frame on the reader screen.Read more
Before digital storage became easy and cheap, microfilm was a way for libraries to maintain large collections of newspapers, government documents, and historical documents while saving physical storage space. Many of the UC Berkeley Libraries still have extensive microform (microfilm and microfiche) collections, containing valuable information for researchers.
Since each roll of microfilm (or microfiche card) contains thousands of tiny images of the original documents, you'll need a microfilm reader to magnify the images so that you can read, print, and scan the images.
When you search OskiCat or MELVYL you will find materials with the word [microform] in the title; check to see which library owns the item. To search specifically for microform materials, use Advanced Keyword Search to limit your search to "All Microforms."
Other ways to get help: in person, by e-mail, using specialized chat services
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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