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Researching for film appreciation

Researching for Film Appreciation

ENG 213

October 2, 2008


Today

Today

  • Library Basics- In General

    • Website and Services

    • Resources

      • In-house

      • Electronic

    • Building

  • Research Basics- Project Specific

    • Formal Analysis Essay

      • How to determine whether to use resources or no

      • Which resources to use

    • Auteur Presentation

      • How to get started

      • Which resources to use


Holy spirit library basics

Holy Spirit Library Basics


Library website

Library Website

  • www.cabrini.edu/library

    • Research Tools

      • Cavalog

      • WorldCat

      • Databases

    • Teaching and Learning

      • eReserves

      • Style Guides

      • Research Wiki

    • Services

    • About

    • IM


Cavalog

Cavalog

  • A catalog of what is owned by the Holy Spirit Library

    • Includes Books, CDs, DVDs that you can check out

    • Also includes reference books, reserve materials and periodicals that cannot be checked out

  • You can search by

    • Title, if you know exactly what you are looking for

    • Author

    • Words or Phrase

    • Subject

  • Limiters

    • Publication date


Worldcat

WorldCat

  • A catalog system of many member libraries around the world

  • Offers a comprehensive look at what exists

  • Inter Library Loan

    • Find the item you are looking for

    • Click into the detailed record

    • Look for “Borrow this item from another library”

    • Any Questions or concerns

      • ILL Contact for Holy Spirit Library is Sheri Becht

      • 610-902-8538 or [email protected]


Electronic databases and journals

Electronic Databases and Journals

  • Databases Link

    • List of databases

    • Links to smaller lists by subject

    • Multipurpose

      • Academic Search Premier

      • Project MUSE

    • News articles

      • Lexis Nexis

      • New York Times

      • Access World News

    • Reference

      • Oxford English Dictionary

      • Biography Resource Center

      • Encyclopaedia Britannica


Searching databases

Searching Databases

  • Browsing specific articles

    • Open Database from the databases link

    • Type keywords into the box

      • Be mindful of alternative ways to say the same thing

    • Choose Limiters

      • Full Text

      • Peer-Reviewed

      • Dates

  • Browsing specific journals

    • Open the Journals link

    • Search general term

    • Find Journal of interest

    • Click database that carries it’s holdings


Appropriate sources

Appropriate Sources

  • Mostly

    • Books in the Holy Spirit Library

    • Books from other Libraries

    • Academic Journal Articles

  • Maybe

    • Newspaper Articles (New York Times and Washington Post)

    • Review Articles

    • Relevant, Trustworthy, Evaluated Websites

  • Probably Not

    • Just any results that come up when you search Google

    • Wikipedia

    • Any Open Internet Sources


Evaluating sources

Evaluating Sources

  • For Appropriateness

    • Within the parameters of the assignment

    • Scholarly

    • Supporting of your thesis

  • Citations

    • Do you have all the information that you need?

    • Can you get it?

    • Style Guides


Research for formal analysis essay

Research for Formal Analysis Essay


Research process for film analysis

Research Process for Film analysis

  • Choose film- view it

  • Determine if you would like outside resources

  • Chose context(s) in which to research

    • Help determining the meaning of the film

    • Sources to “back-up” your opinion

    • Your essay should not entirely be a synthesis of what others thought, use research to support your ideas

  • Determine which kind of sources are best

  • Search

  • Evaluate Results

  • Write

  • Citations


Recommended resources for formal analysis essay

Recommended Resources for Formal Analysis Essay

  • History of the American Cinema

    • Volumes 1-10

    • Call # PN 1993.5 .U6 H55 1990

  • Academic Search Premier

    • Multidisciplinary Database

  • Project MUSE

    • Multidisciplinary Database


Researching for auteur presentation

Researching for Auteur Presentation


How to start

How to start

  • Choose Auteur

  • Determine which films you will view

  • Obtain and view films

  • Answer Questions provided on your assignment sheet

    a. Is there something unique/rare/characteristic about the director’s formal style?

    1. Are there favorite/recurring cinematographic, editing, sound, etc. techniques?

    2. Does the director tend to work with the same crew members (editors, DPs, etc.)?

    3. Are there recurring actors or types? Does the director have a diegetic alter ego?

    4. Does the director tend to favor a specific genre?

    5. Do his/her films tend to be set in the same place, or similar places?

    b. Does the director write his films, as well as direct them?

    c. Does the director gravitate toward certain narrative devices (e.g. flashbacks, narrators)?

    d. Does the director favor certain types of plots or conflicts (e.g. man against nature)?

    e. What is the theme of the film? Is it a theme the director tends to revisit?

    f. Does the film have a particular/clear political point of view or message? If so, what is it?

    g. Would this film be drastically different if made by another director? How?

  • Add your own questions and answers to the list


Possible preliminary research

Possible Preliminary Research

  • If you had trouble answering any of the questions on your own you may want to research them

  • If any of the questions and/or answers might be something you want to discuss further with your team

  • Recommendations

    • History of the American Cinema

      • Volumes 1-10

      • Call # PN 1993.5 .U6 H55 1990

    • Academic Search Premier

      • Multidisciplinary Database

    • Project MUSE

      • Multidisciplinary Database


Next steps

Next Steps

  • Talk with your group about your findings

    • Answer further questions provided to you

      a. What film epitomizes this director as a filmmaker?

      b. What theme(s) run through his work?

      c. What are some key aesthetic/visual characteristics of his work?

    • Determine which information and themes you would like to present

      • As a group

      • Separately

        • These will be the points that you will investigate further


Developing your portion of the presentation

Developing your Portion of the Presentation

  • Consider the length of your presentation allotment

    • 10 minutes

  • Consider what you need to cover

    • Steven Spielberg’s devotion to artistry

    • Themes of holocaust and war

  • Consider what you know already and what you need to find out

    • I have background information for the artistry

    • I need to find out more about themes of holocaust and war

  • Research what you need to find out

    • Search

    • Evaluate

    • Determine final sources and information that will be used


Recommended sources for academic articles

Recommended Sources for Academic Articles

  • Databases

    • Academic Search Premier

    • Project MUSE

    • JSTOR


Recommended web resources

Recommended Web Resources

  • Websites with scholarly information

    • Cine Files http://www.mip.berkeley.edu/cinefiles/

    • Senses of Cinema http://www.sensesofcinema.com/

    • Film Philosophy http://www.film-philosophy.com/

  • Popular, Commercial Websites

    • Movie Review Query Engine http://www.mrqe.com/

    • Internet Movie Database http://www.imdb.com/

    • Film Critic http://www.filmcritic.com/


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