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Library staff were hard at work this summer configuring a new tool that allows you to search across our book and article collections from a single search box on the Library homepage.

Start your search is like Google Scholar, though it has much better coverage of items available from the Library (both online and in print). It includes full text PDFs and advanced filtering options directly in the search results.

Start your search combines many different article databases and catalogs (including OskiCat) into a single search experience and is powered by EBSCO Discovery Services.

It doesn't include everything that's available via Library subscriptions though. To ensure you find the best possible articles on your research topic you should continue to search discipline-specific databases directly, or make an appointment with your subject librarian as needed.

Note that full results from the Start your search tool are only available to on-campus users or those using the Library proxy or campus VPN.

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Aug 17, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | chennesy

Summer Reading List: Love and Longing in Bombay

The UC Berkeley Summer Reading List is an annual compilation of recommended (though not required) readings suggested by Cal faculty, staff, and students as a welcome to incoming freshmen and transfer students.

This week we take a closer look at Love and Longing in Bombay by Vikram Chandra Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1997.

"I love this book as a reader and as a teacher. A series of four thematically linked short stories, the book provides a glimpse into bits of life in India that most of us are not familiar with. But more important, really, than the 'new worlds' nature of the book, the themes of how we love or what we want out of love are wonderfully expressed. The writing is often very beautiful and the characters breathe life: a Sikh detective trying to solve a murder; a software engineer trying to fix a bug; and the Bombay ladies-who-lunch and plot against each other, to name a few.

This is my go-to book when I teach the second half of the Reading and Composition Requirement. Vikram Chandra is a professor in our English Department."

---STEVE TOLLEFSON, Lecturer, College Writing Programs

This post was contributed by Michael Larkin Lecturer, College Writing Programs

Tim Dilworth First Year Coordinator, Library

Jonathan Garrett Site designer, Doe & Moffitt Libraries

Aug 14, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

Summer Reading List: Jane Eyre

The UC Berkeley Summer Reading List is an annual compilation of recommended (though not required) readings suggested by Cal faculty, staff, and students as a welcome to incoming freshmen and transfer students.

This week we take a closer look at Jane Eyre: An Autobiography by Charlotte Brontė, New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.

"Brontė's most famous novel was once required reading in high school, but now I find that only a handful of incoming students have read it, so I've started assigning it in my Reading & Composition courses. At once a window on British Victorian culture and a transcultural coming-of-age story, it combines all the best elements of mystery and romance with a more subtle commentary on how to establish one's own independence and identity in a world fraught with challenges to both. It also provides a jumping-off point for thinking about the exploitation and suffering that took place in Britain's colonies, especially for women, and particularly when read together with Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea."

---CATHERINE CRONQUIST BROWNING, Lecturer, Department of English

This post was contributed by Michael Larkin Lecturer, College Writing Programs

Tim Dilworth First Year Coordinator, Library

Jonathan Garrett Site designer, Doe & Moffitt Libraries

Aug 14, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

Zotero Citation Management Workshop

Zotero is a free and powerful, open-source reference management tool that manages bibliographic data and research material.

On August 24 and again on August 25, David Eifler, Librarian at the Environmental Design Library, will answer questions about using Zotero and will show how to:

- import and create new references - manage references and notes

- insert citations into a manuscript, and

- format bibliographies.

Date: Monday, August 24 at 9 am -10 am OR Tuesday, August 25 at 9 am -10 am

Location: 305 Wurster Hall Post by David Eifler, Environmental Design Librarian

Aug 07, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

Summer Reading List: French Lessons

The UC Berkeley Summer Reading List is an annual compilation of recommended (though not required) readings suggested by Cal faculty, staff, and students as a welcome to incoming freshmen and transfer students.

This week we take a closer look at French Lessons by  Alice Kaplan, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1993.

"My reading and composition students have loved Kaplan's book almost universally. It works very well especially for ELL students: it's highly readable and it speaks a lot about the language learning experience."

--- TWILLIAM HEIDENFELDT, PhD Candidate, Romance Languages and Literatures

This post was contributed by Michael Larkin Lecturer, College Writing Programs

Tim Dilworth First Year Coordinator, Library

Jonathan Garrett Site designer, Doe & Moffitt Libraries

Aug 07, 2015 | Categories: Featured News | agorden

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