Mayra: Education- Psychology Library

April 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

The Education-Psychology is located in Tolman Hall. You don’t need you ID to come into this library

This library has a wide variety of items. It focuses mainly on education and psychology books, journals, and newspaper but it has a collection of CDs, microfilm, microfiche, and interestingly, a huge collection of children’s and teens’ books. After talking to one of the library people, I found out that the most checked out books are actually The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and  the DSM-IV. They told me that that a lot of education graduate students check these books out in order to read them to kids while during their field studies.

Something that I found particularly interesting about the EDP Library is that it houses the largest digital and print education and psychology collections of any public university in California. So all of our psych majors are so lucky to have these resources!

I know I mentioned this in class before but here is the link to information on tests:

Its a small library but definitely worth checking out! The librarians are very friendly and its a quiet place to get work done. If interested, here are the hours:

Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Mayra: Film Resources

April 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

So it was really hard to find a film source on my topic this week. I searched oskicat but was not able to find anything. I did a search on google and came across two films, which I watched through unwarranted means…

One is series aired by BBC called Inside the Medieval Mind. In this series Professor Robert Bartlett examines the way we though t during the Medieval Period. I couldn’t find a direct link that showed the full video but I found piece on Youtube. In particular, I found a piece of the series titled the Medieval Mind of Women. This source wasn’t too helpful because it focused on the theories of physical differences between men and women without really going into detail on their roles.

Another film that I found which was more insightful was also a series titled: “Secrets of Lost Empires.” This was aired by PBS’s NOVA section and had an episode called “Medieval Siege.” In this episode Professor Richard Holmes explains different aspects of Medieval life but one piece in particular that I found interesteing was the section on the division of labor. Here the Professor explains that women had a subservient role. Their main role was to take care of children, cook, wash, or if they were able to then they would do hard labor. However there were women that did not have such roles and they were mainly of the higher class. An example mentioned in the film was a lady by the name of Nicola de la Haye who was a constable of the Lincoln Castle. She took on a warrior role during the civil wars under King John. She also had the luxury of doing embroidery, which is something that was reserved for the more well-off. Most women had to do some form of hard labor in order to provide for themselves.

I really wished I would have found more documentaries though :/

Mayra: Visual Resource

April 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

Joan of Arc at the Coronation of King Charles VII at Reims Cathedral, July 1429

This week we focused on visual resources. I found a really rich picture of Joan of Arc. The Image Databases that is provided on the Art History Berkeley website was very useful because it had a section for Medieval Studies. From there I went into ARTstor and found this picture.  The title of this work is “Joan of Arc at the Coronation of King Charles VII at Reims Cathedral, July 1429” and it was created by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. This painting is particularly helpful for my research because I have looked at other paintings in my Medieval History class and a majority of the paintings are mainly men. Men are depicted very similarly to this painting of Joan of Arc. They are dressed in fancy wardrobe and are glorified for the audience. Here, Joan of Arc is depicted as a saint (which is noticeable from the halo around her head) and by the followers who are worshiping her. Her followers are both male and female which shows that she was a very important figure during her time. I especially like this picture because it makes it seem that God alone choose her to lead people because the setting seems to be at church. I have learned that visual resources are really helpful because as I read about Joan of Arc in some articles I did not picture her quite like the author of this painting did. I think having a visual was especially important during the middle ages because many people were illiterate and often the way to inform others that someone or something was important was through art or some visual aid. Currently I am still looking through more visual sources just simply because some are interesting, especially stained glass collections!

For Michelle

March 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

Hi Michelle!

So I dont know too much about your topic but I pretty much used this website to give me an gerneal overview on your topic. ( It seemed to give good info. Anyway I found a scientific journal that thought would be helpful. I narrowed my search in oskicat to journals.

Women’s childbirth preferences and practices on the United States by Amy Chasteen Mille (the link is below)

some interesting books that I cam across were:

Childbirth in America: anthropological perspectives by Karen Michaelson

I’m not sure how useful it will be because its anthropological perspectives but here is a little summary provided by google books “A comprehensive and critical examination of the experience of childbirth in America today, from pregnancy to early postpartum. This book covers many controversial issues in the context of diverse cultural, social, and economic backgrounds, which have arisen as a result of the new technologies and ideologies surrounding pregnancy and birth. Most useful as a text for courses in childbirth education, anthropology of women’s health, and anthropology of medicine.”

Lying-In: A History of Childbirth in America by Richard W. Wertz

there is a book review that touches aupon the reasons for the changing of birthing practices and even how men were encouraging medical attention as opposed to midwifery. It should be an interesting read. the book revew is found at and then you just click on the pdf

google books claims: “This lively history of childbirth begins with colonial days, when childbirth was a social event, and moves on to the gradual medicalization of childbirth in America as doctors forced midwives out of business and to the home-birth movement of the 1980’s. Widely praised when it was first published in 1977, the book has now been expanded to bring the story up to date. In a new chapter and epilogue, Richard and Dorothy Wertz discuss the recent focus on delivering perfect babies, with its emphasis on technology, prenatal testing, and Caesarean sections. They argue that there are many viable alternatives-including out-of-hospital births-in the search for the best birthing system.”

So i think this would probably be helpful since I remembering you speaking about focusing on western birthing practices and the reasons for its changes.

I hope this was helpful and I wish you the best of luck on your topic! hope you had a good break!

– Mayra

Mayra: ROHO & Oral History

March 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

I enjoyed the talk we had about ROHO this past Monday. I have actually looked at the Rosie the Riveter WWII American Homefront Project before in my History 7B class. My gsi for that class was Sarah Gold (I saw her name on the syllabus somewhere!) We had to choose 3 oral histories and use them for a research topic. Some of them were actually quite interesting. I revisited the oral histories that I had choose (on Patricia Bul, Marian Sousa, & Matilda Maes) last semester and I have learned to appreciate them even more. I don’t think that I realized back then that there was so much to learn from other people’s experience, it was merely an assignment.

The interview that I conducted this week happened on Wednesday. I interviewed Martine Alexander, Director of the Achievement Award Program at the Alumni House. I found it very easy to approach her and ask her the 3 questions that were sent out on 9/11, first love, and Occupy Cal. The conversation was not awkward nor did it have a long pauses. The only time I would say it got a little quiet was when I asked about the first love. I felt that it was something that she was not comfortable sharing and she even asked if a name was necessary. In order to ease the tension I told her it was okay if she did not want to respond, I was mainly only getting information that she wanted to share. This made me think about the limitations of oral histories because you cannot always get the full picture from someone if there is something that they are not willing to share.
Overall the interview went well, it was fairly quick since she had to go back to work and there was not a lot of detail. I feel that next time I should ask more follow up questions and make it sure that I explain that the goal is only to find out more about the person and explicitly address that it is something that they are willing to share.

Mayra: Update on the Newspaper/Microfilm Resource

March 15, 2013 § 2 Comments

No luck at the newspaper and microfilm resource library. I went again today to see if I could find resources. I looked at newspapers from London and the earliest date was around the 1820s. I tried to skim through them to see if there was any archeological research that was in the newspaper but I did not find anything.

I did find articles online that dealt with the middle ages. BBC news had 2 articles on medieval women.
In the article “Medieval women ‘had girl power’,” researchers found that women lived longer lives then men and didn’t always necessarily depend on money for power. While it is true that women from wealthy families held great freedom, widowed women held the greatest freedom because they managed their own lands and were sexually liberated.
In the article “Joan of Arc and the Role of Medieval Women,” historians learned more abou the role of women in medieval ages. Joan, who was admired as a saint for her heroic battle stands shows that women were also warriors. The tale of Joan of Arc tells readers that women who were virgins, kept to household duties, learned spinning and weaving, were religious, and married were respected.While their roles mainly consisted of keeping to the household this article states that there were exceptions especially among noble women who wished to engage in the battle field.
These articles are important for my topic because it helps prove that it money was important for women in gaining power. It also gives insight to the traditional roles that were expected of medieval women.

I just recently also found more information on Joan of Arc on the History Channel website so I will be looking further into that. I am thinking that Joan of Arc will be an important female figure in my researcher because she was from the middle ages and considered a saint.

Mayra Rivera: Newspaper and Microfilm Library Visit

March 8, 2013 § Leave a comment

Today I met up with Jonathan and had office hours at the Newspaper and Microfilm Library. Since I was absent this week, we went over all the material today. I did not have the opportunity to explore it as much as I would have liked because I had a previous engagement but I will be exploring it some more on Monday. The most interesting thing I found at the library was the vast amount of paper newspapers that are available and replaced consistently. My goal on Monday is look into British newspapers and see if I can find out more medieval history through there.

And an update: I have officially decided to change my topic. I realized the it was much easier for me to focus my topic on the middle ages because the class I am currently taking provides as good background and introduction to medieval history. While I feel that Egyptian history is really cool, I decided to wait until I have a stronger background in that field before doing anything else. So far I have learned that women in the middle ages were depicted pretty negatively and have limited powers but nonetheless there are exceptions and a majority of them seem to happen not only because of wealth but other factors as well. I am currently reading a translation of a French book that tells nothing but stories about women and it has helped give an insight to what others thought about women. I will continue researching and have a better update next week!