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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:

On Display: Reimaging the Peter J. Shields Library

February 14th, 2012 by David Michalski

Step into Peter J. Shields Library and you may see the future. On display in the lobby are architectural renderings of a potential library-to-come, visions conceived and illustrated by UC Davis architecture students.
Professor Mark Kessler (teaching Design 180A) has created a course that focuses attention on the real world challenges of designing the research library of tomorrow. One of the assignments in his course encourages his students to make better use of the front of the library: the entrance, the lobby, stair case and first and second floor spaces. The students studied existing plans, researched the library design and architecture literature, observed the social use of our spaces, and interviewed librarians and library users to come up with designs that might accommodate the multiple, and sometimes, competing demands of an academic library.

The results of this assignment are on display. Come see how this talented group of students imagined a redesigned Peter J. Shields and let us know what you think as we plan the research library of tomorrow.

Send comments to:

Daniel Goldstein
Arts and Humanities Librarian
University Library, UC Davis