Reading: Learning From Strangers

March 4, 2013 § 14 Comments

Learning from strangersThis week’s reading comes from Learning From Strangers by Robert Weiss. Using case studies and examples, it deals with methods and tactics for conducting in-depth interviews. The first part deals with the work before an interview, the second chapter discusses strategies for during an interview, and the third chapter addresses certain issues that may arise. Primarily a manual for sociological research, it does provide useful tools for conducting oral histories.

What are some questions that came up while reading this?


Oral History – Katie

October 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

This week I had to start putting together my proposal for my 103 and choose my priority thesis advisors for 101, which was a really scary, permanent-seeming prospect. Therefore, I’m switching my focus a bit. My 103 is about sexual violence in American history, and I’ve decided to write the paper on date culture and date rape in the 1950s. I think I need to narrow it down from there, but it’s a general direction.

Relating to the oral history module, as I was culling the bibliography of a secondary source, I found a book called The Fifties : A Women’s Oral History by Brett Harvey. According to the worldcat page, the book focuses on the fear of nonconformity: specifically of not getting married. I ordered it on ILL and will hopefully get it soon!

Katie – Bancroft

October 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

I called up one item this week from the Bancroft: a pamphlet entitled “Education and Revolution” by Eldridge Cleaver. A picture of and a quote from Lenin features on the inside cover, clearly conveying that the pamphlet will present a Marxist interpretation of the role of education. Cleaver situated education within the greater context of class struggle. He highlights the importance of ownership in education, highlighting the relationship between knowledge and power, as well as the connection between economic affluence and institutionalized education. But he also warns of focusing too much on education: by attacking a single administrator, the revolutionary neglects the greater shift necessary for revolution.

I somewhat wish I had called up a carton instead of the individual pamphet: it’s much more fun to start by looking through a giant box than just reading one document in depth. But considering time restraints, it was a practical approach, and I hope to broaden my scope as the semester goes on. 

Learning From Strangers

October 2, 2012 § 6 Comments

This week’s reading comes from Learning From Strangers by Robert Weiss. It deals with methods and tactics for conducting in-depth interviews. Primarily a manual for sociological research, it does provide useful tools for conducting oral histories.

What are some questions that came up while reading this?

Katie Fleeman Internet Resources

September 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

For this week, I found a review of Eldridge Cleaver’s “Soul on Ice” on Melvyl. I used a general Melvyl search and narrowed it down to peer reviewed articles. The one I found comes from a law journal published in 1969. I was hoping to find a more scholarly analysis rather than a book review, but most of what I found were either excerpts from his books or reviews of them. The review is mainly positive, almost reverent at some points.  This source can be utilized to show the reception of Cleaver of the outside legal community at the time he was writing. 

Exploring the Bancroft

September 24, 2012 § 5 Comments

This week’s reading comes from Exploring the Bancroft, a centennial guide to the collection. It basically catalogues the prominent collections at the Bancroft, including the University Archives, Western Americana and Latin Americana.

What are some questions you have about the collections? About the Bancroft?

Internet Research Resources

September 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

So this week, we covered a number of web resources in class. These included:


Berkeley WorldCat: This allows you to access articles via UC E-links. You can use the handy filters on the left-hand side to narrow down your search to peer-reviewed articles. They are located on a variety of databases and are often downloadable. It also includes access to some online primary sources.


UC Berkeley Electronic Resources: Links to all kinds of electronic databases that UC pays for. You can browse by subject or by title. Each uses a different type of search tool, and provides access to millions of different sources.

JSTOR: This includes access to millions of resources from thousands of different publications. Articles have to be a few years old to be posted, so it isn’t necessarily the latest research, but they have a great selection of credible sources.

Project Gutenberg: Over 40,000 free ebooks to be downloaded, kindled or read online. A database of a large number of media types, including audio, text and moving images

Google Books: Google’s massive collection of online books. Many are free, but it also includes links to purchase books and e-books that are not.


Bancroft Digital Collections: Access to photographs and texts digitized by the Bancroft. Most of them have to do with California and University history.

Online Archive of California: Access to collections at libraries throughout California. Many have digital items available online, as indicated by the eye icon. This also includes finding aids for millions of collections, making it easier to dig through large archives.

Organization Tools

Evernote: A handy organizational tool that allows you to store text, PDFs, audio, images and webpages. It allows you to tag different notes and organize them into notebooks. Evernote can be synced on multiple devices, so you can access it from any computer, tablet or a smartphone.

Noodletools: Provides a means to organize notes and generate citations. All the benefits of a notecard system without the physical notes.

BibMe: Katie’s go-to citation generator! Allows for MLA, APA, Chicago and Turabian. Or just use the generator on WorldCat or OskiCat. You’ll never have to self-generate a citation again!

OWL at Purdue: But in case you do, this is the go-to guide for putting together a citation.

UC Berkeley Proxy Server: To access most of these resources, you need to either be on AirBears, ResComp or using a UC Berkeley Proxy server. Visit this website and follow their simple steps to get all the world at your fingertips!

These are just some of the MANY internet resources out there. Feel free to leave some of your favorites as comments!