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Featured Resource – Berg Fashion Library

September 12th, 2011 by

The Berg Fashion Library is an online portal providing access to Berg collections, including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, e-books from Berg Publishing about fashion and clothing, reference works, images and more. It also indexes and includes links to journal articles in Fashion Theory, Fashion Practice and Textile.   There are 1,600 Images from the V&A Museum’s internationally renowned fashion collection and 500 images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Collection were recently added with more images coming in 2012.

This large amount of content makes the Berg Fashion Library a wonderful resource for the study of fashion, clothing and culture over time and across regions and cultures. Berg Fashion Library has both quick and advanced searching capabilities.

Access this resource through the A-Z list of databases, or directly here. As with all licensed databases, off campus users will need to use the VPN.

Reading September 11, 2001: A chronological bibliography

September 8th, 2011 by Daniel Goldstein

An online guide created by Daniel Goldstein, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Librarian, Shields Library,UCDavis.


Immediately following the attacks on September 11, 2001, people around the world began to write books and make films reflecting their analyses, theories and reactions. They published in quantity and with great speed as they sought to comprehend a changed world. UCDavis librarians determined to acquire a selection of those books and films in order to document the range and depth of responses published in the United States and abroad. The UCDavis library catalog, Harvest, now contains records of thousands of books, videos and government documents related to the September 11 and all that has followed. Nearly 700 of them have been cataloged under a single subject heading—“September 11 2001 terrorist attacks.” This guide presents a chronological selection of the books and films (but not government documents) listed under this subject heading. Some of these titles were acquired within months of the attacks while others have arrived within the past few weeks. Year by year, these books and films show how initial responses evolved into recurring themes and how new issues emerged as time continues to pass. continues. . . .

New Research Consultation Service Coming this Fall

September 8th, 2011 by David Michalski

New H/SS & GOV. INFO Consultation Service Desk (2nd Fl. Shields Library) Coming This Fall

In the effort to improve research skills and research papers in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the University Library is opening a research and library instruction Consultation Desk on the Second Floor of the Peter J. Shields Library this fall.

Beginning September 19th:
Library instruction and research assistance is available on the Humanities, Social Sciences and Government Information Consultation Desk from Monday through Friday from 1-5pm.

Librarians trained in the social sciences, humanities are available at this location to help with class assignments, term papers and advanced research projects.
We are ready to help your students:

  • Get the most out of their Library collections and services
  • Engage with the discourse of scholarly communication
  • Navigate with confidence changing information technology
  • Take advantage of the excellent framing and reference sources now available in their topic areas
  • Learn the best methods and tools available to conduct academic literature reviews
  • Discover and analyze data sources, the cultural record and current events
  • Effectively integrate both scholarly and primary source material into their research projects
  • Master the skills necessary for tracking down and recording citations
  • Better participate in academic discourse, by introducing new tools for comprehension and critical self-discovery

Faculty, Instructors and Teaching Assistants: Please let your students know of this opportunity by mentioning the H/SS, Gov. Info . Consultation Desk in your classes and departments.

Additional Reference Service is also available on the first floor of Peter J. Shields Library from 10-6pm Monday through Friday, and by phone, email, chat or by appointment. See ASK for HELP ( )

Humanities and Social Sciences Librarians are also available to teach library and information instruction classes in your course. For questions about these opportunities and questions about other ways to incorporate library research into your coursework please contact the Subject Specialist Librarian assigned to your program or department. See Directory of Subject Specialists ( )

Fall Workshops: Library Research in Social and Cultural Studies

September 6th, 2011 by David Michalski

Library Research in Social and Cultural Studies

David Michalski
Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian

Two dates:

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
10:00 am – 11:30 am

Wednesday, October 13, 2011
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Place: Library Instruction Lab
Peter J. Shields Library, (1st floor, near Researves Desk)

Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates engaged in Social and Cultural Studies research projects are invited to attend these project-centered research workshops. Participants will how to effectively navigate and evaluate the social and cultural studies literature available to them at the University of California and beyond.

Topics covered include:
* the latest in database searching and the tracking of academic journal literature,
* the uses of key reference sources in framing topics and in cross-disciplinary studies,
* the discovery and access issues in the location of relevant primary source material,
* and the general structure of scholarly communication in social and cultural studies.

These small group sessions allow time for individual consultations and guided searches, so participants are encouraged to bring along research problems and questions they have about the University Library. There is no need to sign up. Just drop in!