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How Objects Speak

August 13th, 2014 by David Michalski

Some of the more interesting classes that draw upon the rich collections of Shields Library over the years are those that study material culture. Professors in American Studies, Community Development, Sociology, Anthropology,  the History of Science, and University Writing frequently send their students to library resources to trace the changing interaction between objects and society. Student’s examining technologies of everyday life, such as eyeglasses, cell phone’s, or hair dryers draw upon the library’s primary and secondary literatures to reconstruct the social worlds through which these objects pass. The term papers the students write testify to the complex relations that surround things, and in the process of writing, students often find that it is in the social gathering that the object comes to life.

Peter Miller, in his recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “How Objects Speak” traces the rise of interest in study of material culture and examines its contemporary appeal.

Milk Jar
From Miller’s article “How Objects Speak” Chronicle of Higher Education. 8/11/2014
Item: milk can
Material: Aluminum
Size: Diameter 32 cm, height of the main part 51 cm, and the upper part 15 cm.
Date: 1940?
Location: Warsaw, Poland.

Peter Miller has also gathered recent writing on material culture studies in his new edited book:
Cultural histories of the material world Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2013. See: Shields Library HM621 .C848 2013. It’s a good place to start, if one is interested in engaging the archaeology of the present.

What Was the University Press?: UMP’s Douglas Armato on the Scholarly Monograph

November 14th, 2012 by David Michalski

Douglas Armato, director of University of the University of Minnesota Press discussed the role of the University Press in Scholarly Communication in his presentation at the 2012 Charleston Conference on Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition.

This blog entry on the University of Minnesota Press website summarizes his interesting take.

New Online Encyclopedia documents the Japanese American WWII exclusion and incarceration experience

November 8th, 2012 by David Michalski

Densho Encyclopedia
This free on-line resource documents the history of the Japanese American WWII exclusion and incarceration experience. The Densho Encyclopedia is edited by Brian Niiya, Director of Content at Densho, a Japanese American Legacy Project. The work covers key concepts, people, events, and organizations that played a role in the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The reviewed articles are written by a wide range of contributors, and are enhanced with photos, documents and video drawn from Densho’s digital archives and other sources.

The Densho Encyclopedia is designed and written for a non-specialist audience that includes high school and college students and instructors, multiple generations of Nikkei community members, confinement sites preservation groups, amateur and professional historians, librarians, journalists, documentarians, and the general public.


From the Densho Encyclopedia…

A newly arrived family being escorted by a volunteer guide to their assigned location in the barracks, photographer Dorothea Lange, May 20, 1942, Sacramento Assembly Center, California. Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration, Ctrl. #: NWDNS-210-G-C483, NARA ARC #: 537796, WRA, Photographer Dorothea Lange

Fall Research Workshops: Social and Cultural Studies

September 6th, 2012 by David Michalski

Social and Cultural Studies Library Research Workshop

w/ David Michalski, MLS, PhD. (

1st Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Place: Library Instruction Lab, 1st Floor Peter J. Shields Library (near Reserves Desk)

2nd Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Place: Library Instruction Lab, 1st Floor Peter J. Shields Library (near Reserves Desk)

This workshop invites graduate students, faculty and other researchers to see and practice with the latest research tools available. Learn effectively ways to construct literature reviews, frame new research questions, and navigate and evaluate the wide variety of information sources available at the University of California and beyond.

Topics covered include:

The latest in database searching (including the Proquest transisiton databases),
Citation analysis and cited reference searches,
Locating primary source material,
and the use of interdisciplinary and specialized reference works.

Participants are encouraged to bring along research projects as well as any questions they have about the University Library.
Let us learn how we can serve you better.

David Michalski is a UC Davis Librarian subject specialist in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department responsible to these departments and programs: Sociology, Psychology, Human, Community and Regional Development, Geography, Women and Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, African and African American Studies, Asian American Studies and Cultural Studies.

For more info see:

Social and Cultural Studies Librarian Office Hours

May 14th, 2012 by David Michalski

Working on a term paper in the social sciences or the humanities?
Starting a new research project?
Interested in the latest means to discover and track scholarly literature?

Social and Cultural Studies Librarian, David Michalski is available for consultations.

Make an appointment to develop a custom search strategy, and make sure you are getting the most out of your library resources.

Featured eBook: The handbook of critical intercultural communication

January 27th, 2012 by David Michalski

The handbook of critical intercultural communication
edited by Thomas K. Nakayama and Rona Tamiko Halualani
Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2010

Online link { Wiley Online Library. Restricted to UC campuses } ;

Critical Intercultural Communication Studies (pages 1–16)
Rona Tamiko Halualani and Thomas K. Nakayama

Part I: Critical Junctures and Reflections in Our Field – A Revisiting

Writing the Intellectual History of Intercultural Communication (pages 21–33)
Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz

Critical Reflections on Culture and Critical Intercultural Communication (pages 34–52)
Dreama G. Moon

Reflecting Upon “Enlarging Conceptual Boundaries: A Critique of Research in Intercultural Communication” (pages 53–58)
Alberto González

Intercultural Communication and Dialectics Revisited (pages 59–83)
Judith N. Martin and Thomas K. Nakayama

Reflections on “Problematizing ‘Nation’ in Intercultural Communication Research” (pages 84–97)
Kent A. Ono

Reflections on “Bridging Paradigms: How not to Throw out the Baby of Collective Representation with the Functionalist Bathwater in Critical Intercultural Communication” (pages 98–111)
S. Lily Mendoza

Revisiting the Borderlands of Critical Intercultural Communication (pages 112–129)
Leda Cooks

Expanding the Circumference of Intercultural Communication Study (pages 130–146)
William J. Starosta and Guo-Ming Chen

Part II: Critical Dimensions in Intercultural Communication Studies
You have free access to this contentPart Introduction (pages 147–148)

Internationalizing Critical Race Communication Studies (pages 149–170)
Raka Shome

Re-Imagining Intercultural Communication in the Context of Globalization (pages 171–189)
Kathryn Sorrells

Culture as Text and Culture as Theory (pages 190–215)
Yoshitaka Miike

Entering the Inter (pages 216–226)
Aimee Carrillo Rowe

Speaking of Difference (pages 227–247)
Crispin Thurlow

Speaking Against the Hegemony of English (pages 248–269)
Yukio Tsuda

Coculturation (pages 270–285)
Melissa L. Curtin

Public Memories in the Shadow of the Other (pages 286–310)
Jolanta A. Drzewiecka

Critical Intercultural Communication, Remembrances of George Washington Williams, and the Rediscovery of Léopold II’s “Crimes Against Humanity” (pages 311–331)
Marouf Hasian

Part III: Critical Topics in Intercultural Communication Studies

Situating Gender in Critical Intercultural Communication Studies (pages 335–347)
Lara Lengel and Scott C. Martin

Identity and Difference (pages 348–363)
Ronald L. Jackson and Jamie Moshin

Br(other) in the Classroom (pages 364–381)
Bryant Keith Alexander

When Frankness Goes Funky (pages 382–399)
Jim Perkinson

Iterative Hesitancies and Latinidad (pages 400–416)
Bernadette Marie Calafell and Shane T. Moreman

We Got Game (pages 417–445)
Lisa A. Flores, Karen Lee Ashcraft and Tracy Marafiote

It Really Isn’t about you (pages 446–460)
John T. Warren

Critical Reflections on a Pedagogy of Ability (pages 461–471)
Deanna L. Fassett

The Scarlet Letter, Vigilantism, and the Politics of Sadism (pages 472–482)
Richard Morris

Authenticity and Identity in the Portable Homeland (pages 483–494)
Victoria Chen

Layers of Nikkei (pages 495–516)
Etsuko Kinefuchi

Placing South Asian Digital Diasporas in Second Life (pages 517–533)
Radhika Gajjala

“The Creed of the White Kid” (pages 534–548)
Melissa Steyn

A Critical Reflection on an Intercultural Communication Workshop (pages 549–564)
Hsin-I Cheng

“Quit Whining and Tell me about your Experiences!” (pages 565–584)
Sara DeTurkt

A Proposal for Concerted Collaboration Between Critical Scholars of Intercultural and Organizational Communication (pages 585–592)
Brenda J. Allen

Conclusion (pages 593–600)
Thomas K. Nakayama and Rona Tamiko Halualani

Social and Cultural Studies Workshop

January 6th, 2012 by David Michalski

Social and Cultural Studies Workshop

Thursday, February 16, 2012
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

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

Instructor: David Michalski

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!


David Michalski, MLS, Ph.D.
Social and Cultural Studies Librarian
Humanities and Social Sciences Dept., 2nd Floor
Peter J. Shields Library
100 Northwest Quad,
University of California
Davis, CA 95616

Office Hours: Tues 10-12, & by appt.

Subject Librarian for: African & African American Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies, Community & Regional Development, Cultural Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Human Development, Psychology, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies.

New Issue of Journal of Transnational American Studies, edited by Hsuan L. Hsu

January 3rd, 2012 by David Michalski

New Issue of Journal of Transnational American Studies, edited by UC Davis Professor  

Hsuan L. Hsu

_The Journal of Transnational American Studies_ is a peer-reviewed online,
open-access journal published by the American Cultures and Global Contexts Center at the University of California-Santa Barbara andthe Program in American Studies at Stanford University.

JTAS 3.2 may be accessed without charge via UC’s eScholarship  platform at

This issue features our first Special Forum entitled “Circa 1898: Overseas Empire and Transnational American Studies,” guest-edited by Hsuan L. Hsu
(University of California, Davis, USA).  As the newest section of the journal, Special Forums are collections of critical responses to US transnational subjects, guest-edited by American Studies scholars and vetted by the editorial board.

JTAS 3.2 contains contributions from scholars based all around the globe with article topics as varied as Cecil B. DeMille’s film The Cheat and
Eastern European adoption.  Other topics range from an examination of Hannah Arendt’s transnationality to an ambitious call for “Deep Maps” in American
Studies, from an analysis of the turn-of-the-century publication Colored American Magazine to a transnational reading of John Updike’s 2006 novel Terrorist.

The journal also contains excerpts from newly published books in transnational American studies (in the Forward section),  and select re-publication of significant contributions to the  field (in the Reprise section).

JTAS welcomes submissions of articles and proposals for special forums.
Please consult the Call for Papers section of the website for details.

Journal of Transnational American Studies (JTAS)

Bibliography of Asian Studies Upgrade

October 3rd, 2011 by Daniel Goldstein

A new version of the Bibliography of Asian Studies was recently launched, along with an upgrade having close to 800,000 entries. This new version offers a state-of-the-art discovery system with simplified searching and facet-based browsing. Refinements based upon such categories as Author, Subject, Country/Region, Journal, Publication date, or Type of publication are provided through facets, and can be easily combined; the number of entries in each category is provided. A new category, Language, has been added. In addition, all records have been converted to standard Unicode, which means that the diacritic-rich entries of the BAS are now accessible to any modern browser without any need for special settings on the part of the user; these can be easily copied, pasted and printed in standard programs and are compatible with all generally available Unicode fonts. Export to bibliographic management programs has also been improved and is provided through the RIS format.

New Encyclopedias in Social and Cultural Studies

March 21st, 2011 by David Michalski

Encyclopedia of social movement media
/ John D. H. Downing, editor.
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE Publications, Inc., c2011.
Description: xxvii, 602 p. ; 29 cm.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference P96.A44 E53 2011 In process

Includes bibliographical references and index as well as more than 250 essays on the varied experiences of social movement media throughout the world in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Alternative mass media — History — 20th century — Encyclopedias.
Alternative mass media — History — 21st century — Encyclopedias.
Mass media — Social aspects — History — 20th century — Encyclopedias.
Mass media — Social aspects — History — 21st century — Encyclopedias.
Mass media — Political aspects — History — 20th century — Encyclopedias.
Mass media — Political aspects — History — 21st century — Encyclopedias
Social movements — History — 20th century — Encyclopedias.
Social movements — History — 21st century — Encyclopedias.


Encyclopedia of Asian American folklore and folklife
/ Jonathan H.X. Lee and Kathleen M. Nadeau, editors.
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2011.
Description: 3 v. (xl, 1254, I-49 p.) : ill. ; 26 cm.
Call no.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference GR111.A75 E63 2011 Lib Use Only

Includes bibliographical references and index.
Asian Americans — Folklore — Encyclopedias.
Asian Americans — Social life and customs — Encyclopedias.


The Routledge encyclopedia of social and cultural anthropology
/ edited by Alan Barnard and Jonathan Spencer. 2nd ed.
London ; New York : Routledge, 2010.
Description: xxxi, 855 p. ; 26 cm.
Call no.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference GN307 .R68 2010 Lib Use Only

Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

Ethnology — Encyclopedias.


Encyclopedia of cross-cultural school psychology
edited by Caroline Clauss-Ehlers
New York ; London : Springer, c2008, 2010
Online link
{ SpringerLink. Restricted to UC campuses } ;

Includes bibliographical references

Subject: School psychology — Encyclopedias
Ethnopsychology — Encyclopedias
Minority students — Psychology — Encyclopedias
Minority students — Counseling of — Encyclopedias


Encyclopedia of religion in America
edited by Charles H. Lippy, Peter W. Williams.
Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, c2010.
Four volumes ; { Access restricted to UCD IP addresses. }

Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary: Encyclopedia of Religion in America examines how religious history and practices are woven into the political, social, cultural, and historical landscape of North America. This authoritative four-volume reference work explains the origins, development, adaptation, influence, and interrelations of the many faiths practiced, including major world religions, new religious sects, cults, and religious movements that originated or had an influence in the United States.

Subject: North America — Religion — Encyclopedias.


Star struck : an encyclopedia of celebrity culture
/ Sam G. Riley, editor.
Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood Press, c2010.
Call no.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference E169.12 .S73 2010 Lib Use Only

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subject: United States — Civilization — 1970- — Encyclopedias.
United States — Social life and customs — 1971- — Encyclopedias.
Popular culture — United States — Encyclopedias.
Celebrities — United States — Encyclopedias.
Celebrities in mass media — Encyclopedias.
Mass media — Social aspects — United States — Encyclopedias.
Fame — Social aspects — United States — Encyclopedias.


Encyclopedia of U.S. political history.

Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, c2010.
Description: 7 v. : ill., maps ; 29 cm.

Call no.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference E183 .E53 2010 Lib Use Only

Includes bibliographical references and index.

v. 1. Colonial beginnings through Revolution, 1500 to 1783 / editor, Andrew W. Robertson — v. 2. The early republic, 1784 to 1840 / editor, Michael A. Morrison — v. 3. Expansion, division, and Reconstruction, 1841 to 1877 / editor, William G. Shade — v. 4. From the gilded age through age of reform, 1878 to 1920 / editor, Robert D. Johnston — v. 5. Prosperity, Depression, and war, 1921 to 1945 / editor, Robert H. Zieger — v. 6. Postwar consensus to social unrest, 1946 to 1975 / editor, Thomas S. Langston — v. 7. The clash of conservatism and liberalism, 1976 to present / editor, Richard M. Valelly.

“…explores the events, policies, people, ideas, institutions, groups, and movements that have created and shaped political life in the United States. With contributions from scholars in the fields of history and political science, this encyclopedia provides students, researchers, and scholars the opportunity to examine the political evolution of the United States from the colonial period to the present day. It identifies and illuminates patterns and interrelations in American political institutions, culture, and behavior. The encyclopedia is organized around seven time periods that correspond to key eras in American history. This chronological organization enables users to trace themes over time or delve deeply into the interconnected elements of a particular era.”–P. [4] of cover.

Subject:United States — Politics and government — Encyclopedias.
Political science — United States — History — Encyclopedias.
Political culture — United States — History — Encyclopedias.


Encyclopedia of research design
/ edited by Neil J. Salkind.
Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE Publications, c2010.

Description : 3 v. (xxxi, 1719 p.) : ill. ; 29 cm.

Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference HA29 .E525 2010 Lib Use Only

Three Volumes
Includes bibliographical references and index.

“Comprising more than 500 entries, the Encyclopedia of Research Design explains how to make decisions about research design, undertake research projects in an ethical manner, interpret and draw valid inferences from data, and evaluate experiment design strategies and results. Two additional features carry this encyclopedia far above other works in the field: bibliographic entries devoted to significant articles in the history of research design and reviews of contemporary tools, such as software and statistical procedures, used to analyze results. It covers the spectrum of research design strategies, from material presented in introductory classes to topics necessary in graduate research; it addresses cross- and multidisciplinary research needs, with many examples drawn from the social and behavioral sciences, neurosciences, and biomedical and life sciences; it provides summaries of advantages and disadvantages of often-used strategies; and it uses hundreds of sample tables, figures, and equations based on real-life cases.”–Publisher’s description.

Subject: Social sciences — Statistical methods — Encyclopedias.
Social sciences — Research — Methodology — Encyclopedias.


The Oxford international encyclopedia of peace

/ Nigel Young, editor in chief.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
Description:4 v. ; 29 cm.
Call no.
Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference JZ5533 .O95 2010 Lib Use Only

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Contents v. 1. Abraham Path Initiative-Dunant, Henri — v. 2. Early Christianity and antimilitarism-Mass violence and trends — v. 3. Mead, Margaret-Rwanda — v. 4. Safe space-Zones of peace.
Peace — Encyclopedias.
Peace — Study and teaching — Encyclopedias.
War — Encyclopedias.
War and society — Encyclopedias.
Conflict (Psychology) — Encyclopedias.
Social conflict — Encyclopedias.
Conflict management — Encyclopedias.
Peace-building — Encyclopedias.