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CRES 110 - Interdisciplinary Methods in Critical Race & Ethnic Studies: Welcome!

A guide to library resources of use to Critical Race & Ethnic Studies undergraduate students, with an emphasis on locating materials in databases and other electronic resources.

Class outline

  • Welcome and introductions
  • A review of library basics
    • Discussion of library research in the era of COVID-19
    • Services and resources available to students during the pandemic
  • Using the library's catalog, Melvyl
    • E-books
    • Using the "Cite" option
  • Using the library to complete course assignments
  • Review of A-Z databases
  • Finding databases by subject
  • Demo of Academic Search Complete
  • Bibliographies
  • Archival documents
    • UC Merced Library Special Collections
    • Calisphere
  • Citation management and formatting
    • Citing sources
    • Review of bibliographic citation managers
  • Review and questions


By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • Use Melvyl, the library's catalog, to find research materials available online full-text. These materials will include e-books, streaming videos, encyclopedias, and other materials.
  • Use the library's Special Collections archive and the University of California's digital archive, Calisphere, to find online archival documents.
  • Choose appropriate databases to find full-text articles from scholarly journals that are germane to your topic.
  • Find citations in APA format for your research materials.
  • Choose a bibliographic citation manager like RefWorks, Zotero, or Mendeley to help you manage your research.

Library resources in the age of COVID-19

Library services ARE available, even if the library space is temporarily closed!

A guide to library resources and services while socially distancing:

NEW: Curbside pickup of some print library materials -

Instruction & Outreach Librarian

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Olivia Olivares
Kolligian Library
KL 260
(209) 285-7742