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Finding Information for Film Studies 364 by Denis Lacroix French/Spanish Librarian Session Outline Finding Basic Research Information and Subject Guides Finding Books by author, subject, title, numbers Boolean , Truncation , and Advanced Searching

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Finding Information for

Film Studies 364

by

Denis Lacroix

French/Spanish Librarian

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Session Outline

  • Finding Basic Research Information and Subject Guides
  • Finding Books by author, subject, title, numbers
  • Boolean, Truncation, and Advanced Searching
  • Finding Articles in Periodicals using Databases
  • RefWorks
  • Scholarly vs. Popular sources
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The Research Question

Film Indexes Online

Film & TV Literature Index

Academic Search Premier

¿What is the influence of culture or identity on Akira Kurosawa’s films?

finding basic research tools
Finding Basic Research Tools

Subject Guides

  • Click on the Subject tab on the Library home page.
  • Find “Film and Media” in the A-Z list of Specific Subjects and click on Go to Subject Page.
  • On the right-hand side, click on
      • a course guide of your choice
      • Recommended Web Sites
useful reference resources
Useful Reference Resources
  • The anime encyclopedia: a guide to Japanese animation since 1917 NC 1766 J3 C53 2001 Rf
  • International index to film periodicals – PN 1993 A1 I62 Ruth Ref. Aux.
  • The film studies dictionary - PN 1993.45 B49 2001 Ruth. Ref.
  • International dictionary of films and filmmakers– PN 1993.45 I625 Ruth. Ref.
  • The complete film dictionary– PN 1993.45 K82 1997 Ruth. Ref.
  • The international film industry: a historical dictionary– PN 1993.45 S632 1989
  • Filmmaker's dictionary – PN 1993.45 S56 2000 Ruth. Ref.
  • Encyclopedia of Chinese film - PN 1993.5 C4 Z53 1998 Ref.
  • Encyclopedia of Indian cinema- PN 1993.5 I8 R35 1999 folio Ruth. Ref.
  • The Japanese filmography - PN 1993.5 J3 G35 1996 Ref.
  • Film study : an analytical bibliography – PN 1994 M268 v.1-v.4 Ruth Ref.
  • The encyclopedia of underground movies - PN 1995.9 E96 H35 2004 Ruth. Ref.
  • Encyclopedia of film themes, settings and series- PN 1997.8 A76 2001 Ruth. Ref.
  • The new biographical dictionary of film- PN 1998 A2 T48 2004 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
  • The dictionary of Korean film directors -PN 1998.2 H357 2004
  • Directory of Indian film-makers and films- PN 1998.2 N37 1994 Ruth. Ref
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Finding Basic Research Tools

  • Subject Headings : search in the Catalogue
    • Motion pictures – Dictionaries
    • Motion pictures – Encyclopedias
    • Motion pictures – Asia
    • Motion pictures – Korea (South)
    • Motion pictures – Social aspects – Japan
    • Animation (Cinematography) – Japan
    • Animated films – Japan
    • Women in motion pictures

Change country name accordingly

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
    • background information on your topic and for help in refining your search
  • 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
    • Think of variant or similar terms and click Advanced Search
    • Use Boolean operators, e.g. and, or
  • Use truncation symbols: $ ?
  • Finding Reference titles in advanced search
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Advanced Searching
  • Finding books about a topic:
    • Think of variant or similar terms for each subject.
    • Try not to be too specific at first
    • Find variant terms and subject headings from the catalogue records, e.g. identity, nationalism
    • Be more specific if your results are too great
    • Add limiters, if necessary, e.g.
      • subject field, language, format, location, etc.
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Sample Catalogue Record

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

let s practise
Let’s Practise
  • How many books can you find in the NEOS catalogue on
    • Bollywood?
  • Which subject heading is used to represent Bollywood?
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Books vs. Periodical Articles
  • Periodical articles are a good place to start if
    • an author’s reputation is recent or local
    • you are looking for a detailed analysis(e.g. on Kurosawa’s Rashomon)
  • To find articles, search periodical databases, which are accessible through the library’s website: http://www.library.ualberta.ca/databases/index.cfm
  • Databases are also browseable by subject:http://www.library.ualberta.ca/subject/index.cfm
  • Scholarly versus popular journals
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:http://www.library.ualberta.ca/guides/peerreview/index.cfm

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
databases for film studies
Databases for Film Studies
  • General Databases: Academic Search Premier, Arts and Humanities Citation Index, BHI: British Humanities Index, CBCA Complete, Expanded Academic ASAP, Francis, Humanities Abstracts, Humanities International Index, IBZ,MLA International Bibliography, Periodicals Index Online, Readers’ Guide Abstracts.
  • Specialized Databases: Art Abstracts, Bibliography of Asian Studies,
  • Film Studies Databases: Communication and Mass Media Complete, Film Indexes Online, Film & TV Literature Index, IMDb.
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Save to RefWorks

Sample Record

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Managing your E-citations with RefWorks

  • RefWorks is a web-based citation manager, i.e. it will help you build your bibliographies for your papers.
  • Click on RefWorks under Quick Links on the right-hand side of the Library’s main Web page.
      • RefWorks for New Users
      • RefWorks Tutorial
  • Acessing RefWorks from off-campus
    • Use the RefWorks group code
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Place imported records into new folder

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Click on Bibliography

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Select Output Style, File Type, and Reference Location before Creating Bibliography

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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 :

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.
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

Or

  • Use the Getit Citation Linkerhttp://www.library.ualberta.ca/getit/citation/index.cfm
    • Input all the article information into the boxes
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Periodical Issues

  • Very few (6%) are now kept in Rutherford South 2nd floor
    • Shelved around the perimeter of the reading room and
    • Organized alphabetically by title
  • Most (~22,000) are located either in Rutherford North and interfiled with books by call number, and/or
  • Are available online.
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Let’s Practise
  • Using Film & Television Literature Index
    • Find articles on Thai identity in cinema
  • Send only the peer-reviewed articles from the list of results to RefWorks.
  • Find the following article“Family dramas: film and modernity in Thailand.” By: Hamilton, Annette. Screen, 1992, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p259-273.
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
reference services
Reference Services
  • This slide show is downloadable at:http://www.library.ualberta.ca/subject/film/index.cfm
  • Contact Librarians through IM reference, E-mail reference, telephone reference, or in-person at the reference desk: http://www.library.ualberta.ca/askus/

Good luck in your searches!