Some Bancroft materials are available online via Calisphere, which includes primary sources from many California libraries and museums.
How to Use the Bancroft Library
Before you go:
1. Be prepared! Read secondary sources and know something about your topic.
2. You must register with the Aeon software to use the Bancroft Library. You may register online in advance.
2. Search OskiCat You can limit your OskiCat search to find materials at the Bancroft Library, instead of all campus libraries (choose "Bancroft Library" from the pulldown menu that says "Entire Collection."). Remember that there are primary sources in many other campus libraries as well. Ask for assistance from a reference librarian.
Important: if the item is in storage ("NRLF") and owned by The Bancroft Library, do not use the Request button in OskiCat. Instead, request these materials through Aeon AT LEAST 72 hours in advance (they prefer a week.)
If the OskiCat record mentions a "finding aid" (an index) to a manuscript collection, you should use it to help you find what you need in the collection. If the finding aid is online there will be a link from the OskiCat record, or you can search the Online Archive of California to find it. The finding aids that are not online are near the Registration desk at the Bancroft Library.
3. Plan your visit; you will need to bring current government-issued ID, call numbers, titles, etc. with you. You may find it convenient to bring a quarter for the lockers, and a digital camera/cameraphone. Read the Conditions of Use to learn what you can and cannot bring into the Bancroft Library.
5. While onsite, make requests to see items before 4:30 pm.
6. Ask for assistance at The Bancroft Library's reference desk, or request assistance by email.
Lexis-Nexis Congressional includes:
United States Census
Public Opinion Polls
Supreme Court cases
http://supreme.justia.com/ by year
A fully searchable collection of briefs and other documents related to cases brought before the U.S. Supreme Court. It contains over 150,000 cases and 350,000 documents. Search results are linked to the actual full-text PDF documents.
Lexis-Nexis Academic (Supreme Court briefs 1936 - onwards).
click on Advanced Options; in the window that appears, next to Source, enter U.S. Supreme Court Case Briefs; accept the suggested text; click on Apply
back at the search screen, enter your additional search terms; your search will be limited to Supreme Court briefs.
Primary sources can be found in a variety of library tools:
Learn more about your topic in advance:
For a complete list, start with the Library home > Electronic Resources > Electronic Resources, Types A-Z > Archival Collections and Primary Sources
Search OskiCat for primary sources using keywords and adding terms that denote primary sources, such as:
puerto rican* interviews
african american soldiers personal narratives
irish american* newspapers