some contain scholarly articles, some magazine articles, some news, etc.
often include more than articles (chapters in books, etc.)
a few more points...
results identify where articles were published (name of publication and associated volume/issue/date information)
results do notequal what UCB owns !
results sometimes link to article text
use UC-eLinks when article text is not available
Where is the article?
Many library databases incorporate the UC-eLinks feature. You use it when a result's text is not provided by the database searched. It checks the UC-wide collections to see if the source is available elsewhere...
This free encyclopedia is publicly editable and not a scholarly resource. Because anyone can write or add to an entry, the information may be innacurate or untrue. Through the very structure of its creation, it has dependability issues. Yet, it can still be a useful tool, if used wisely.
Like other encyclopedias, it can be helpful in obtaining topical background, and entries often list sources for further reading (which you can then see if UCB has). Use Wikipedia as a starting point for information you will verify in the course of your research via scholarlysources.
Research is as credible as the work that goes into it! It's important to analyze the information you find, including where it comes from.
help developing search strategies (for humanities and social sciences topics)
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The notes in this tab contain suggestions about how to proceed with research based on your assignment. These suggestions build upon, and presume familiarity with, the concepts and processes addressed in the Choosing a resource tab of this guide.
find books on your topic
find periodicals already identified as having articles on your topic
find articles and essays on a topic
find research focused on an aspect of a topic
find current research
Subject specific databases (for publications from a specific discipline)
determine disciplines relevant to your topic
view databases by subject
review descriptions, paying special attention to Recommended databases
Historical Abstracts is a recommended databases for history
can limit to results that focus on a time period
can refine search to specific types of publications
can limit by language
use UC-eLinks to locate result text
MLA is a recommended database for literature
can limit by type of publication
can limit by language
use UC-eLinks to locate result text
General databases (for publications from many disciplines)
Academic Search Complete
popular and scholarly content (good for popular culture topics, magazine/news content in addition to academic journals)
some results available online
has UC-eLinks feature
strength is scholarly journal literature
use UC-eLinks to get full text, [ but you must first enable UC-eLinks - via Settings gear > Library links]
full text resource
use advanced search (to narrow to specific discipline, and set limits)
Other resources: subject encyclopedias
to get background on a topic
for literature, try Literature Resource Center
use Author Search (in tabbed results see biographies)
it may also help to limit results by language (multi-language databases generally offer this limit)
Tips specifically for catalogs
for materials about a topic...
search 2 or 3 terms representing key concepts of your focus
there isn't a search that finds everything: try different combinations of terms, synonyms, related terms
look at the records of relevant results -- do their subjects suggest other search terms ?
important: subject terms are defined by the Library of Congress, and not always what you would expect. Examine relevant results to discover how your topic, time period, people, etc., is defined. Use that terminology to search for other materials on that subject.
for materials about an author or literary movement, try adding the term criticism to your other search terms (see example below)
for specific types of materials, try adding terms for those types (encyclopedias, biographies, etc.) to your other search terms (see example below)
sample keyword searches... hoarding obsessive-compulsive disorder compulsive behavior france and history and class elizabethan and society elizabethan* and custom* octavia butler and criticism kubrick and criticism eugene o'neill and biography
author search - finds books by, interviews with, correspondence... [use specified syntax last name, first name]
limit by material type - change the default search of Entire Collection to the desired type of material (Journals/Magazines/Newspapers, Films/Videos...)
search too broad ? Use Modify button to add relevant limits.
Using an appropriate article database is a must for identifying articles or chapters on a topic:
Very specific searches (specific focus about a specific character in a specific work) may not net the desired results. It's worth trying for a direct bullseye, but you may need to adjust your aim.
Search for analysis about the book, play, etc.,being written about. You'll see what others are focusing on. You may find they use other terms for your focus, that can be searched to increase your result pool.
Search for analysis about the author of the book, play, etc., being written about. Your focus may be a thematic/technical element that shows up repeatedly in their work. Materials that focus on authorial concerns may include information about your work, or be relevant to your analysis of it.
If the overall goal is to find analysis of an author's ideas and influence, and he/she is a philosopher, theologian, psychologist, visual artist, etc. -- you may also wish to explore recommended databases for associated subject areas.
In addition to looking for articles, if books have been written about your author/work, examining the table of contents and indexes of promising titles may help isolate chapters of relevance.
When using the library catalog, try adding the term criticism to searches for materials aboutan author, literary movement, or time period(see OskiCat search tips, in this tab, for examples).