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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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The Charlene Conrad Liebau 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.
Break your topic into concepts and then brainstorm for alternative terms; also note possible variant word endings example:
priests who molest children:
pedophil* or child abuse or child molest*
priest* or clergy*
Use OskiCat to locate materials related to your topic, including books, government publications, and audio and video recordings, in the libraries of UC Berkeley. OskiCat will show you the location and availability of the items that we own.
Use Melvyl to locate materials related to your topic located at other campuses in the UC system, or worldwide. You can use the Request button to request an item from another library, if we don't own it.
Melvyl has changed as of January 2012, and now includes many more articles. Detailed Melvyl help.
1. keyword search with truncation:
keywords: monsters in literature
2. keyword search; then try a useful subject term:
* = truncation symbol/wildcard (child* = child, childs, children, childish, childhood...)
click on the title of the record to see official subject headings and other key terms you can use to find more items:
searching by subject keywords brings up a list of the heading and subheadings, for example: gozilla (fictitious character) and godzilla films
keywords: vampire* movie*
subject: vampire films
3. using quotes to keep terms together as a phrase:
11 million items and 29 libraries not enough? Try MELVYL, catalog for 10 UC campuses!
Now that you know the types of articles you need, you can choose a database, also known as a periodical index, to find them. Databases are collections of thousands of articles organized by subject. The Libraries have hundreds of databases covering every academic discipline. Some are multi-disciplinary, covering a broad range of subjects and including popular and scholarly sources, and others are subject-specific, and include scholarly and specialized articles. A complete list is available at Find Articles.
The following multi-disciplinary databases are good places to start your research:
Sample Searches in MLA Bibliography (Literature)
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Literature > MLA Bibliography
1. dr jekyll and mr hyde (all fields (no full text))
dr jekyll and mr hyde (all fields (no full text))
dracula (all fields (no full text))
2. robot* or android* (all fields (no full text))
film* or movie* (all fields (no full text))
language of publication: english
3. search by subject term:
cyborg (subject heading (all))
Sample Searches in PsycInfo (Psychology)
Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Psychology > PsycInfo
vampire* (all fields (no full text))
teen or adolesc* (all fields (no full text))
serial killer* (all fields (no full text))
celebrit* (all fields (no full text))
Sample Searches in Academic Search Complete (all topics)
Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > Academic Search Complete
pedophil* or "child molest*" (select a field - optional)
priest* (select a field - optional)
(modify original search):
pedophil* or "child molest*" or "child sexual abuse*" (select a field - optional)
priest* or clergy* (select a field - optional)
check off "scholarly (peer reviewed) journals"
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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.
Some reference questions can't be easily answered over e-mail and I am 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 me at 510-768-7059
2. Go to my bCal calendar and in the upper right corner choose the WEEK view. Locate a free slot between 9-5, Mon-Fri that works with your schedule. You can propose an appointment in bCal or contact me by email asking me to reserve that slot for you.
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