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Social Protest and the Free Speech Movement: Secondary Sources

An Introduction to Research


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.

Sample Searches in OskiCat

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.

2.  look at the titles and official subject terms and find other terms
(subject)  vietnam war, 1961- 1975 protest movements united states
(subject)  indians of north america civil rights
(subject)  american indian movement
(subject)  feminism united states histor
Try out these OskiCat features:
  • limit your search to a type of material (DVDs) or a library location (Doe Reference) or language
  • save items to a list you can e-mail/download/print
  • place a recall request online
  • request items from storage (NRLF)
  • view a list of items you have checked out
  • send call numbers to your cell phone (see below)
  • receive alerts of new items that match your search terms ("preferred search")

SMS and QR Codes in OskiCat

You can now text yourself a call number or use a QR code reader to find the location of an item in the UCB Library. Just click on a title in your OskiCat search results, and both options will be displayed on the right.

SMS and QR image

Article Databases

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.).

Search Article Databases for Secondary Sources

Library home > select "Databases" and then click on "Find Databases by Subject" (academic discipline or department) > H > History > America:  History and Life (scholarly secondary sources; history of US & Canada)

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)

advanced search

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

advanced search

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)

Search Results

  • click on the title to see full record (including abstracts and descriptors)
  • to limit by publication type (peer-reviewed journals, conferences, books, etc.) click on the appropriate tab or link
  • if necessary,look for other limits (latest update, journal articles only, english only) and more advanced searches
  • select records to save to your personalized list; lists may be e-mailed, downloaded, printed

UC-eLinks - Find Article Text/Location

Once you've searched a database to find articles, you may need to use UC-eLinks orange logo 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:

UC e-Links image

For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.

Article Databases - Examples

About JSTOR!

Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > JSTOR

Everyone Loves JSTOR:

  • interdisciplinary
  • scholarly
  • full text available AND searchable - you may find topics you won't find elsewhere because they're only part of an article on a related topic
  • covers journals from their earliest publication dates


  • DOES NOT INCLUDE THE LAST 3-5 YEARS of a journal!  not good for contemporary topics!
  • doesn't include as many journals in a particular discipline as the discipline-specific database (example: MLA Bibliography for literature)

Find Dissertations

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:

Dissertations/Theses in Oskicat

Older dissertations not available full text may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan or using the "Request" option in Melvyl.

DVDs and Videos

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.

1960s and 1970's and their Aftermath

Ethnic Studies

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersexual Studies

Women's and Gender Studies (including Men's Studies)

Primary Sources