Historical Research Workshop


Recap, Week 4: Questions, Keywords, Catalogs

This week we explored starting the research process on the right foot by formulating a question, generating a keyword cloud, and tips and tricks for getting the most out of your library catalog searches.

Prezi (full screen recommended):

Journal Prompt:
Formulate your own TQR statement and break it down to create your own keyword cloud. Use OskiCat to find a book in Main Stacks (or some other library) on your topic. Browse its table of contents, index, and skim its introduction and tell us about what you learned. What are the major categories that your topic is broken up into? Did you find new keywords in the index? What are you interested in learning more about next?

If you’re having trouble coming up with keywords for your topic, visit the reference room on the second floor of Doe to browse specialized encyclopedias. We also highly recommend making an appointment with Jennifer Dorner, the History specialist at the library. You can contact her at jdorner@library.berkeley.edu. Check out her blog to get updates on the library’s new resources.

Next week:
We’ll be talking about online databases and research tools. If you have a laptop, please bring it to class and get your proxy server set up before class.