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.
Call numbers are on the spine of the book; learn how to read them so you can find what you need on the shelves.
Search OskiCat for both primary and secondary sources. Examples:
1. keywords; broadening your search terms; finding official subject terms; limiting by language
(keywords) mexican american* civil rights
(keywords) indians of north america activis*
(keywords) "free speech movement"
(keywords) anti-war vietnam*
(keywords) disability rights movement
* = truncation symbol/wildcard for variant word endings
ex: immigra* = immigrant immigrants immigration etc.
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 > click on Databases, then click on: Browse Databases.
Pull down the "All Subjects" menu to browse a list of databases by academic discipline, and/or pull down the "All Database Types" to browse lists by type of database (article databases, statistical databases, image databases, etc.).
transgender* (select a field - optional)
activis* or "civil rights" (select a field - optional)
roe v wade (select a field - optional)
public opinion (select a field - optional)
indians of north america (select a field - optional)
sovereignty (select a field - optional)
Historical period from: 1945 to 1990
Library home: select "Databases" and then click on "Find Databases by Subject" (academic discipline or department) >C > Chicano Studies > Chicano Database
bilingual education (select a field - optional)
years published: 1960 to 1975
limit results to: academic journals
Library home: select "Databases" and then click on "Find Databases by Subject" (academic discipline or department) > G > Gender and Women's Studies
gay* (select a field - optional)
"civil rights" or "political activity" (select a field - optional)
1960* or 1970* (select a field - optional)
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.
Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > JSTOR
Everyone Loves JSTOR:
Find Dissertations by searching Dissertations and Theses (Dissertation Abstracts) Full Text, which indexes graduate dissertations from over 1,000 North American, and selected European, graduate schools and universities from 1861 to the present. Dissertations published since 1980 include brief abstracts written by the authors and some feature 24-page excerpts. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and some full text coverage for older graduate works.
Also see Find Dissertations and Theses for other specialized sources. Dissertations completed at UC Berkeley can be found in OskiCat, using the feature allowing you to limit to dissertations/theses:
Media Resources Center has terrific lists of DVDs and videos by subject; you can also search OskiCat for DVDs (pull down the "entire collection" menu to "Films/Videos/Slides"). NOTE: some of these titles are secondary sources, some are primary sources, and some are mixed.