Source (originally from The Bancroft Library)
Break your topic into components. Develop a list of synonyms and alternative terminology for each component.
Finding Books (and all library materials except articles): use a library catalog. See Guide
- OskiCat = UC Berkeley libraries, MELVYL = ten UC campuses
Finding Articles: use an article database
an article database includes information about published items such as articles, dissertations, reports, books, book chapters, etc., which exist but which may or may not be available at any particular library.You will need to find the full text of the article online or find the library location of the journal on campus.
1. keyword search with truncation; look for official subject headings
- keywords: indian* african american* relations
find a relevant title; click on the title, find official subject terms that might be useful, such as:
- african americans relations with indians
- indians of north america - mixed descent
- cherokee indians - race identity
- ex-slaves of indian tribes
- blacks relations with indians
2. modifying your search; adding primary source subheading
- keywords: indians of california
- modify search
- (add to your search term): indians of california personal narratives
examples of subheadings that will retrieve primary sources
3. limiting your search by year of publication and other options
- advanced keyword search
any type: women cherokee
year of publication:1970 and before 2000
4. if you know the name of a person, search them as an author and as keywords
- author: mankiller, wilma
- keywords:wilma mankiller
If you're not finding enough:
- think of alternative terms to search
- search MELVYL for all 10 campuses; use Request button to borrow things from other campuses
- search an article database
- ask for assistance (ESL or Doe or Moffitt reference desks or here)
First, think about academic disciplines. What academic disciplines (ex: history, chemistry, women’s studies) might be relevant to your topic? Think creatively.
Start with the Library web site at http://www.lib.berkeley.edu
Find the list of Article databases by subject (disciplines, such as History, Chemistry, Business)
Don't forget to look at General article databases (such as JSTOR).
If appropriate, also look at newspaper databases such as Ethnic NewsWatch (ethnic newspapers) andLexis-Nexis Academic (the largest). But - what years do they cover?
indian* or native*
statut* or legal or law*
years: 1840 to 1900
- Select Ethnic Group
(Use "All ethnic groups" for this search.)
select records to save them to your personalized list; list may be e-mailed, downloaded, printed
once you've used an article database to find citations, you must find the library location of the journal containing the article if the database is not full text. There are three ways to do this:
- the database links to the full text of the article online
- the database includes UC e-links which performs a MELVYL search for the journal title AND attempts to locate the full text of the article online (if available)
for a review of UC e-links, try the tutorial movie athttp://www.lib.berkeley.edu/BIOS/media/index.html
- you need to search OskiCat by the name of the journal title (NOT article title); pull down the "Entire Collection" menu to limit to "Journals, Magazines, Newspapers."
For printed journals, you will need to know:
- the librar(ies) that own the journal
- the call number
- whether we own the issue you want
- whether that issue is bound or unbound
- whether that issue is checked out
Citing Your Sources (with a guide to APA, MLA, Chicago Styles)UCB Ethnic Studies Library
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24/7 chat, e-mail, reference desks at most libraries, etc.
Contact John Berry, Lillian Castillo-Speed, Wei Chi Poon or Corliss Lee
Last updated 10/13/09.