Literary Research: How to Do Research in Literature (and Be Awesome)

Literary Research: How to Do Research in Literature (and Be Awesome)

We love books! But how do you research authors, novels, literary periods, and more? Attend this online workshop with Stacy Reardon, the Librarian for literature, to learn to research in literary studies. We’ll focus especially on digital resources, especially the Library’s new search tool, UC Library Search. You’ll leave the workshops knowing the fundamentals of literary research to help you craft informed class assignments or just indulge your inner lit nerd!

These workshops are designed especially for UC Berkeley undergraduate literature students of all levels. Register here.

Available Times:

Tuesday, February 8, 2022
2:10pm – 3:00pm

Wednesday, February 23, 2022
1:10pm – 2:00pm

Monday, March 7, 2022
1:10pm – 2:00pm

Thursday, April 14, 2022
1:10pm – 2:00pm

Online: Register to receive the Zoom link

Note: these workshops will run when more than 10 people sign up.

Workshop: Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks

Publish Digital Books & Open Educational Resources with Pressbooks
Tuesday, February 8th, 11:10am-12:30pm
Online: Register to receive the Zoom link
Tim Vollmer and Stacy Reardon

If you’re looking to self-publish work of any length and want an easy-to-use tool that offers a high degree of customization, allows flexibility with publishing formats (EPUB, PDF), and provides web-hosting options, Pressbooks may be great for you. Pressbooks is often the tool of choice for academics creating digital books, open textbooks, and open educational resources, since you can license your materials for reuse however you desire. Learn why and how to use Pressbooks for publishing your original books or course materials. You’ll leave the workshop with a project already under way! Register here.

Upcoming Workshops in this Series – Spring 2022:

  • Can I Mine That? Should I Mine That?: A Clinic for Copyright, Ethics & More in TDM Research
  • HTML/CSS Toolkit for Digital Projects
  • By Design: Graphics & Images Basics

Please see for details.

Fresh Starts: A Reading List for the New Year

The new year is all about trying new things and getting out of your comfort zone. If you’re looking for a set of books to help you explore new genres and authors, look no further! Try out the Library’s recommendations of uplifting memoirs, riveting literary fiction, and culturally expansive works below to ring in 2022 right.

Great Reads from 2021

2021 has seen a huge variety of fan-favorite and award-winning books. To wrap up a great reading year, check out some of the books that have made their mark on bestseller lists.

New for Gale Digital Scholar Lab

A new interface for Gale Digital Scholar Lab is coming on December 17, 2021!

What’s different?

  • New design
  • Add documents to whichever Content Set you want without having to set an Active Content Set.
  • Options for cleaning data more visible and user-friendly
  • More flexibility for Analysis tools
  • Other enhancements based on user feedback

What’s the same?

  • The Build, Clean, and Analyze workflow remains the same
  • Options for the six types of analyses that researchers can now run will be available

How do I try it out?

To take a tour of the enhanced Gale Digital Scholar Lab, after logging in, select the “Try Our New Experience” link in the header.

What do I need to do before the change?

  • Download any existing visualizations and tabular data. There are multiple options for download, including raw analysis data (CSV and JSON) and several visualization image formats. Existing visualizations and tabular data will not be migrated automatically.
  • All content sets and clean configurations will migrate to the new platform, with no action required by current researchers.

Our Reads for Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the Native American culture and history. Native American literature is rich with the voices of Native Americans, and their traditions, struggles, and triumphs are woven into poetry, works of fiction, and memoirs. Visit the Native American Heritage Month website for more information and live events.

If you choose to celebrate Native American Heritage Month with literature, the Library’s selections are a great place to start!

Trial access to Classiques Garnier Numérique

book covers of Classiques Garnier Numérique

The UC Berkeley Library has set up a 60-day trail to all ebook collections and ejournals published by Classiques Garnier Numérique in Paris. Several years ago, the Library purchased perpetual access to several of its databases including Grand Corpus des dictionnaires [du 9e au 20e siècle], Grand Corpus des grammaires françaises, des remarques et des traités sur la langue (XIVe-XVIIe s.), and Corpus Montaigne  but not yet to any of the ejournals or ebook collections.

Since 1896, Éditions Classiques Garnier has been publishing literary works from around the world, French and foreign, ancient and modern, in reference editions. In 2009, under the editorial direction of Claude Blum, the independent publishing house expanded the scope of its publications to all areas relating to literature and social sciences: editing studies and essays in the leading fields in French and foreign literature, linguistics, history, art, music, law, economics and social sciences. The quantity of the signature yellow-bound paperback books in Berkeley’s collection is extensive. The journals we currently subscribe to in print include La Lettre clandestine, Revue d’Histoire et de Philosophie religieuses, Cahiers Octave Mirbeau, Revue Nerval, Bulletin de la Société Paul Claudel, and Constellation Cendrars. Ten of their journals, including Revue d’histoire littéraire de la France, are partially archived in JSTOR but not all available to UCB.

Access to more of the digital content from this publisher would greatly enhance our electronic holdings and expand the accessibility of content in French.  Please give it a try before January 15, 2022 and let me know if you’d like to recommend any titles or collections we might put on our wish-list.

Claude Potts
cpotts AT berkeley DOT edu
Librarian for Romance Language Collections

New book by Daylet Domínguez in the Spanish & Portuguese Department

book cover

Daylet Domínguez is an Associate Professor of Caribbean and Latin American literatures and cultures in  UC Berkeley’s Department of Spanish & Portuguese. Her new book, Ficciones etnográficas: literatura ciencias sociales y proyectos nacionales en el Caribe hispano del siglo XIX (Iberoamericana Vervuert, 2021), deals with the importance of literature for the constitution of the social sciences as a modern practice and discourse in the Hispanic Caribbean. She proposes that anthropology and its related subjects began to build a place of enunciation at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, in close relationship with travel literature, the “cuadro de costumbres,” and the novel. It is at the intersection with these literary genres that the emerging disciplines shaped a large part of their tropology and discursive genealogy; although, once institutionalized, they disavowed its epistemological validity. In the process of textual and institutional differentiation, the social sciences became one of the most effective ways to consolidate national projects, organize the transition to modern citizenships and undermine the postulates of racial and climatic degeneration associated with the region.

[translated from publisher’s site]


Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month with Arte Público Press

From its beginnings on the artistic fringe during the Hispanic Civil Rights Movement to its current status as the oldest and most accomplished publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by US Hispanic authors, Arte Público Press and its imprint, Piñata Books, have become a showcase for Hispanic literary creativity, arts and culture.

The original publishers of Sandra Cisneros’ seminal The House on Mango Street, Arte Público’s other well-known authors include Obie-award-winning playwright and filmmaker Luis Valdez, playwright Miguel Piñero and best-selling authors Nicholasa Mohr, Victor Villaseñor, and Helena María Viramontes. As part of the ongoing efforts to bring Hispanic literature to mainstream audiences, Arte Público Press launched the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Program in 1992. This program represents the first nationally coordinated attempt to recover, index and publish lost Latino writings that date from the American colonial period through 1960. [from the publisher’s web site].

From children’s books and contemporary fiction to critical social history, the UC Berkeley Library is proud to hold most of Arte Púbico Press’ bilingual catalog of publications in the Main (Gardner) Stacks, the Ethnic Studies Library, and The Bancroft Library. In recent years, the Library has also acquired many of its publications in digital form through Digitalia Hispánica, Latino Literature, and other ebook platforms such as OverDrive. These can be discovered in UC Library Search with keyword phrase “arte publico press” and limiting to online through UC Berkeley.

Literature Picks for Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15  to October 15, we’re celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! At the Library, you can browse our Latino Literature digital collection, which features thousands of digitized, full-text novels, poems, and plays written by over 400 authors in English and Spanish, or you can explore some of the titles below.

If you’re looking for novels, try these:

Maybe poetry is more your thing:

Don’t forget to check out these eye-opening memoirs:


What’s your favorite Latinx read? Tell us on Twitter! @doe_lit