NATAMST R1B: Indigenous Knowledges and Philosophies in Practice

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About this Guide

A library resource guide for students in Native American Studies R1B (Aguilar).

Starting Points

1.  Read an introduction to the campus libraries for undergraduates.Campanile and Golden Gate Bridge

2.  Set up your computer for off campus access to library databases.

3.  Need a map of the campus libraries? Doe and Moffitt floor plans are here.

4.  Each library has its own hours and they may change on holidays and between semesters - click on the calendar for each library to view a month at a time.

5.  Information about citing your sources and links to guides for frequently used citation styles here.

Ethnic Studies Library

Some of the books you find in OskiCat or Melvyl may list their location as "Native American Studies Stephens HallCollection." This means that they are located in the Ethnic Studies Library, on the first floor of Stephens Hall (map).The Ethnic Studies Library is organized into collections focusing on specific ethnic groups, to make browsing easier; look for the "Native American Studies" area when you enter the library, or ask a library staff member to point you in the right direction.

The Ethnic Studies library has more limited hours than Doe or Moffitt (open M-F 1-5 during the summer) and their borrowing periods are shorter, but they have a very specialized collection and helpful librarians who are experts in their fields. The Ethnic Studies Library has put together a useful guide on doing research in Native American studies.

Printing and Scanning in the Libraries

All libraries on campus are equipped with "bookscan stations," which allow you to:

Scanning to a USB drive is free.  Moffitt Copy Center sells flash drives.

Scanning documents to print is 8 cents a page (color printing: 60 cents a page).picture of open book

In order to send documents to the printer from any of the public computers in the libraries, you must have the following:

Have more questions? There's more info here.

Beyond the Web

"It's all free on the Internet, right? Why should I go through the library's website to find sources for my paper?"

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The Web is a great source for free, publicly available information. However, the Library pays for thousands of electronic books, journals, and other information resources that are available only to the campus community. Through the Library website, you can access hundreds of different licensed databases containing journal articles, electronic books, maps, images, government and legal information, current and historical newspapers, digitized primary sources, and more. 

You access these resources through the Internet, using a browser like Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer -- but these databases are not part of the free, public Web. Resources like Lexis-Nexis, Web of Science, Academic Search Complete, and ARTstor are "invisible" to Google. You will not see results from most library databases in the results of a Google search.

Want to find out more? Get started exploring the Library's electronic resources, or find out how to get access to licensed resources from off-campus.

Searching Library Catalogs

oskicat logo 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.

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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

Doe, Main Stacks, Moffitt Library Floorplans

Looking for a location or call number in Doe, Main Stacks or Moffitt?  Try the floorplans, or ask for assistance!

OskiCat Search Terms

Here are some terms you can use in OskiCat or Melvyl that may help you find books on your topic. magnifying glass imageRemember, these search engines only let you search brief information about the books - you're not searching in the full text of the books themselves! If you're not getting enough results, try leaving out some search terms, searching for a broader topic, using Google Books, or asking a librarian.

All of these terms are Library of Congress subject headings -- which means you'll get the most complete results if you enter them exactly as typed (indians in literature, not indian literature). Using the default Keyword search in OskiCat will usually give you the best results.

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ebrary = ebooks

ebrary is our largest collection of full text ebooks, with nearly 50,000 titles on a wide range of subjects. Find them in the UCB catalog, OskiCat (keyword: ebrary or limit to "Available Online"), or search the ebrary site directly:

Search ebrary

 

Getting started with ebrary

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Google Books

Google Books contains millions of scanned books, from libraries and publishers worldwide. You can search the entire text of the books, view previews or "snippets" from books that are still in copyright, and read the full text of out-of-copyright (pre-1923) books.  Want to read the entire text of an in-copyright book?  Use Google Books' Find in a Library link to locate the book in a UC Berkeley library, or search OskiCat to see if UC Berkeley owns the book.

Why use Google Books?

Library catalogs (like OskiCat) don't search inside books; using a library catalog, you can search only information about the book (title, author, Library of Congress subject headings, etc.).  Google Books will let you search inside books, which can be very useful for hard-to-find information.  Try it now:

Google Book Search

Articles in Ethnic Studies

Use these databases to locate articles from scholarly journals, popular magazines, and Native American news sources. Some of these articles will be available online via a direct link to the PDF; if you don't see a PDF link, click on the UC-eLinks button (UC-eLinks icon) to see all your options for accessing the full article online or on the shelf in the library.

JSTOR is also a good general source for articles in all subjects, but the following databases are more specialized:

Where's the PDF?

Many article databases contain information about articles (citations or abstracts), not the entire text of the article.  Once you've used an article database to find articles on your topic, you may need to use this button:uc-eLinks button in order to locate and read the full text of the article. The UC-eLinks button appears in nearly all the databases available from the UCB Library website.

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 40-second demo.

More Resources

doe libraryCan't find an article database in this guide that's relevant for your topic? Use the Library's Article Databases by Subject page to find and search recommended databases for your subject area. Or try the general Find Articles page to see a complete listing of all article databases, including news databases and book and film review databases.

What is Peer Review?

Your instructor may want you to use "peer reviewed" articles as sources for your paper. Or you may be asked to find picture of thinking student"academic," "scholarly," or "refereed" articles. What do these terms mean?

Let's start with the terms academic and scholarly, which are synonyms. An academic or scholarly journal is one intended for a specialized or expert audience. Journals like this exist in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Examples include Nature, Journal of Sociology, and Journal of American Studies. Scholarly/academic journals exist to help scholars communicate their latest research and ideas to each other; they are written "by experts for experts."

Most scholarly/academic journals are peer reviewed; another synonym for peer reviewed is refereed. Before an article is published in a peer-reviewed journal, it's evaluated for quality and significance by several specialists in the same field, who are "peers" of the author. The article may go through several revisions before it finally reaches publication.

Magazines like Time or Scientific American, newspapers, (most) books, government documents, and websites are not peer-reviewed, though they may be thoroughly edited and fact-checked. Articles in scholarly journals (in printed format or online) usually ARE peer-reviewed.

How can you tell if an article is both scholarly and peer-reviewed?

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Research Guides

Librarians at Cal have put together these guides to help you do research in specific subjects:

Primary Sources: Newspapers

Encyclopedias for Ethnic and Cultural Studies

These sources are good for background research, and may help you place your own experience into a larger sociological and cultural context. Most are located in the Doe Library reference collection (second floor of Doe Library) and others are located in the Ethnic Studies Library in Stephens Hall. Click the links to see the book's description in OskiCat, including the location and call number.


American decades / edited by Vincent Tompkins Read at Google Read at Google


Class in America : an encyclopedia / edited by Robert E. Weir Read at Google Read at Google


Culture wars [electronic resource] : an encyclopedia of issues, viewpoints, and voices Read at Google Read at Google


Encyclopedia of African-American culture and history : the Black experience in the Americas Read at Google Read at Google


Encyclopedia of African American history Read at Google Read at Google


Encyclopedia of American immigration / edited by Carl L. Bankston III Read at Google Read at Google


Encyclopedia of American Indian history / Bruce E. Johansen, Barry M. Pritzker, editors Read at Google Read at Google


Encyclopedia of Asian American issues today Read at Google Read at Google


Encyclopedia of Asian American folklore and folklife Read at Google Read at Google


Encyclopedia of immigration and migration in the American West / edited by Gordon Morris Bakken & Alexandra Kindell Read at Google Read at Google


Latino America : a state-by-state encyclopedia Read at Google Read at Google


Latino history and culture: an encyclopedia Read at Google Read at Google


LGBTQ America today : an encyclopedia / edited by John C. Hawley ; Emmanuel S. Nelson, advisory editor Read at Google Read at Google


Multicultural America : an encyclopedia of the newest Americans / Ronald H. Bayor, editor Read at Google Read at Google


The nineties in America / editor, Milton Berman ; managing editor, Tracy Irons-Georges Read at Google Read at Google


Women in higher education : an encyclopedia / Ana M. Martínez Alemán and Kristen A. Renn, editors Read at Google Read at Google

Primary Sources: California & the West

See also: UCB's Government Info page for more details on finding local, county and state records. There are a number of librarians available to help you unearth government documents.

Primary Sources: More Resources

Can't find what you're looking for on this page? Click here to see a list of all the digitized primary source databases available from the UC Berkeley Libraries.

Searching OskiCat for Primary Sources

Certain words and phrases (part of the Library of Congress Subject Headings cmagnifying glass and computer keyboardlassification system) will find primary sources in library catalogs.  You can use these in OskiCat or Melvyl:

-correspondence
-sources
-diaries
-personal narratives
-interviews
-speeches
-documents
-archives
-early works to 1800
-newspapers

Examples:

Formatting Citations

Citation Management Tools

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!

  1. Zotero: Free software that keeps copies of what you find on the web, permits tagging, notation, full text searching of your library of resources, works with Word, and has a free web backup service. Zotero is available as a stand-alone application that syncs with Chrome and Safari, or as a bookmarklet for mobile browsers.
  2. RefWorks - web-based and free for UC Berkeley users. It allows you to create your own database by importing references and using them for footnotes and bibliographies, then works with Word to help you format references and a bibliography for your paper. Use the RefWorks New User Form to sign up.
  3. EndNote: Desktop software for managing your references and formatting bibliographies. You can purchase EndNote from the Cal Student Store

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.

How to Avoid Plagiarism

In order to avoid plagiarism, you must give credit when

Recommendations

 

This content is part of the Understanding Plagiarism tutorial created by the Indiana University School of Education.

All Questions Welcomed!

"There are no dumb questions!" student at reference desk

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

Library Workshop: Research 101

Unsure how to start a paper or research project? Think maybe you could stand to brush up ostudent with laptopn search strategies?

If this sounds familiar, Library Workshop: Research 101 has you covered. This interactive tutorial explores six stages of the research process. You can view it from start to finish, or focus on specific sections as needed:

1: Begin Your Research

Starting strategies, from choosing a topic to finding the right keywords.

2: Knowledge Cycle

The publication timeline, scholarly vs. popular sources, and differences in academic disciplines.

3: Finding Books

Search for books and other items in OskiCat, Cal's local library catalog.

4: Finding Articles

Locate and access articles in library research databases.

5: Make Citations

How to cite your sources correctly.

6: Basic Search

Common techniques for constructing searches that yield useful results.

7: Advanced Search

Specialized search strategies for targeting specific topics.

Ask a Librarian 24/7 Chat

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You can type your question directly into this chat window to chat with a librarian. Your question may be answered by a reference librarian from Berkeley, from another UC campus, or another academic library elsewhere in the US.  We share information about our libraries to make sure you get good answers.

If the librarian can't answer you well enough, your question will be referred to a Berkeley librarian for follow-up.

Have fun chatting!

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