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Finding Information for Film Studies 330 by Denis Lacroix Romance Languages and Film Studies Librarian November 4, 2008 Session Outline Understanding the Research Process Finding guides and library services Finding resources using the library catalogue

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Finding Information for

Film Studies 330


Denis Lacroix

Romance Languages and Film Studies Librarian

November 4, 2008


Session Outline

  • Understanding the Research Process
  • Finding guides and library services
  • Finding resources using the library catalogue
  • Finding Articles in Periodicals using Databases
  • RefWorks

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The Research Question

Film Indexes Online

Film Literature Index

Academic Search Complete

What is the importance of culture in Quebec documentaries?

the research process
The Research Process
  • Recognise an information need
  • Define the problem
    • limit, label, hypothesize
  • Choose a search system
    • books, electronic and print indexes, Web resources…
  • Formulate a query depending on the search system
    • semantic mapping and action mapping
  • Execute the search
  • Examine, assess, and save the results
  • Extract information
  • Reflect, write, reiterate, stop

Saving might involve using RefWorks

useful reference resources
Useful Reference Resources
  • General: facts, dates, terms
  • International index to film periodicals – PN 1993 A1 I62 Ruth Ref. Aux. (2nd floor)
  • The Motion picture guide - PN 1993 M918 Ruth. Ref.
  • The complete film dictionary – PN 1993.45 K82 1997 Ruth. Ref.
  • The international film industry: a historical dict. – PN 1993.45 S632 1989 Ruth. Ref.
  • Encyclopedia of film themes, settings and series - PN 1997.8 A76 2001 Ruth. Ref.
  • Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film v.1 – v.4
  • People: information on directors, actors, etc.
  • International dictionary of films and filmmakers – PN 1993.45 I625 Ruth. Ref.
  • Filmmaker's dictionary – PN 1993.45 S56 2000 Ruth. Ref.
  • The new biographical dictionary of film - PN 1998 A2 T48 2004 Ruth. Ref
  • Film Theory: terminology
  • The film studies dictionary - PN 1993.45 B49 2001 Ruth. Ref.
  • Film study: an analytical bibliography – PN 1994 M268 v.1-v.4 Ruth Ref.
  • Dictionnaire du film: tous les termes de la technique, de l'industrie, de l'histoire et de la culture cinématographiques – TR 847 R69 1999 BSJ Ref.

Genre: terms, people, films particular to one genre

  • Major film periodicals for media research – PN 1993 A12 M35 1915-1970 (micro.)
  • Film Daily yearbook of motion pictures – PN 1993.3 F482 1918-1969 (microfilm)
  • The Macmillan film bibliography – PN 1993.5 A1 Z9 R34 1982 v.1-2 Ruth.Ref.
  • Index to critical film reviews – PN 1995 B78 1974 v.1-3 Ruth.Ref.
  • Film review index – PN 1995 Z9 F4878 1986 v.1-2 Ruth.Ref.
  • The complete index to world film since 1895 - PN 1998 G63 2003 Ruth. Ref.
  • The International film index, 1895-1990 – PN 1998 I614 1991 folio Ruth. Ref.
  • Diccionario del cine mexicano, 1970-2000 – PN 1993.5 M6 D53 2005 Ruth. Ref.
  • Documentary Cinema:
  • Encyclopedia of the documentary film – PN 1995.9 D6 E53 2006 v.1-3 Ruth. Ref.N.B. Copies of National Film Board films are located at the Bibliothèque Saint-Jean.

Finding Basic Research Tools

  • Sample Subject Headings: search in the Catalogue
    • Motion pictures and Dictionaries
    • Motion pictures and Encyclopedias
    • Documentary Films
    • Films documentaires
    • Cinéma and Québec (Province)
    • Québec (Province) and Conditions social$ and 20th century
    • Brault, Michel
    • Motion pictures and Social Aspects
    • Motion pictures and Religious Aspects
    • Motion picture industry
    • Motion picture producers and directors
books vs periodical articles
Books vs. Periodical Articles
  • Books are a good place to start for
    • an author or subject that is well-known and not too recent
  • Check book bibliographies for references to other books and articles
  • Use the NEOS Libraries Catalogue to find books
finding books
Finding Books
  • By author:
  • By title
  • By subject
  • Request or place a hold on a book
advanced searching
Advanced Searching
  • Finding books about a topic using Advanced Search
    • Divide topic into key concepts, e.g. Quebec AND Cinema
    • Think of variant or similar terms for concepts
    • Use Boolean operators, e.g. and, or
  • Use truncation symbols to increase results: $ ?
  • Limiting your search by format and location in advanced search

One key concept per box or field!


Sample Catalogue Record

If possible, add relevant catalogue subject terms to your own search.

let s practise
Let’s Practise
  • How many documentary films can you find on Salvador Allende?
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Books vs. Periodical Articles
  • Periodical articles are a good place to start if
    • an author or subject are recent or local
    • you are looking for a detailed analysis(e.g. essay films)

To find articles,

Use periodical databases

Databases are searchable by title, or

Databases are also searchable by subject.

what s a periodical
What’s a Periodical?

1. Film studies/film history journals

2. Journals about movie-making

3. Trade publications

4. Newspapers

5. Popular magazines

The difference between Scholarly and Popular Information Sources:

finding articles in periodicals
Finding Articles in Periodicals
  • The library catalogue cannot be used to find articles on your research topic. Instead, you need to search databases.
  • Databases are all different:
    • some contain full-text articles,
    • some list only citations and abstracts,
    • some are interdisciplinary
    • others are subject specific
  • Use database Help features for searching assistance
  • Scholarly versus popular journals
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Databases for Film Studies 410
  • General Humanities Databases: Academic Search Complete, Alternative Press Index, Arts and Humanities Citation Index, CBCA Complete, CPI.Q., Expanded Academic ASAP, Humanities Abstracts, Humanities International Index, IBZ,MLA International Bibliography, Omnifile full text, Periodicals Index Online, Readers’ Guide Full Text.
  • Film Studies Databases: Communication and Mass Media Complete, Film Indexes Online, Film & Television Literature Index, IMDb.
  • International Cinema: Bibliography of Asian Studies, ABSEES, EBSEES, Social Sciences and Humanities Journals from Russia, HAPI, Prisma, CLASE, Francis, Repère, Erudit, CAIRN
Historical Topics: America: history and life, Historical Abstracts
  • Canadian Topics: CBCA Complete, CPI.Q
film television literature index
Film & Television Literature Index
  • Searching examples:
    • [Select a Field] Quebec* AND [Subject] documenta* AND To view full-text, click on HTML, PDF or
    • To save, mail, or print citations
      • Click on Add to folder,
      • Click on Folder View under Folder has items,
      • Click on print, e-mail or save options.
        • Send citations to RefWorks
film indexes online
Film Indexes Online
  • Contains Film Index International, which gives full international coverage of films and film personalities from over 170 countries. All eras of film-making are covered.
  • Use this database to find information about films, but also bibliographic listings of resources relating to the films.
  • A person search is also possible from the Film Index International database.
finding periodicals in the library
Finding Periodicals in the Library
  • Search the NEOS Libraries Catalogue
    • Limit by Periodical Title in the drop-down menu
    • Click on Starting With
    • Click on the Search button


  • Use the Getit Citation Linker
    • Input all the article information into the boxes




Journal Titles

  • Six percent kept in Rutherford South 2nd floor
    • Shelved around the perimeter
    • Organized alphabetically by title
  • Most other journals located in Rutherford North or South
    • Interfiled with books by call number
  • Available online
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Let’s Practise
  • Find the online full text of the following article
    • Toward the Quebec Auteur: From Perrault to Arcand. By: Melnyk, George. Cineaction, 2002 Issue 57, p16-29, 14p, 18 bw;
  • Is this periodical Academic or Scholarly?

How to Export from Other Databases

Check Tip Sheets if you are unsure about exporting from a specific database

  • Mark the records you wish to export
  • View marked records
  • Export records from the database to RefWorks
    • Click on the RefWorks link in the tool bar, OR
    • Click on Save and/or Export

Example from Web of Science :

inter library loans
Inter-Library Loans
  • When a periodical or a book is not located at the University of Alberta Libraries, request the items through ILL.
  • Click on the link Request an Inter-Library loan on the right-hand side of the main library web page.
  • Click on Request Material from another library
  • Input your Library barcode number and pin.
  • Fill in the form with as much information as you have.
  • Check availability of document worldwide using the OCLC WorldCat database
  • Allow 2 weeks for ILL requests
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Let’s Practise
  • Use the database Film & Television Literature Index to find academic articles on the Comic Documentary
  • Send the first article in the list of results to RefWorks
reference services
Reference Services

Good luck in your searches!