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Finding Information for

Film Studies 364


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
  • Finding Articles in Periodicals using Databases
  • RefWorks
  • Scholarly vs. Popular sources

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

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.

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:
  • Databases are also browseable by subject:
  • 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:

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.

Save to RefWorks

Sample Record


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

Place imported records into new folder


Click on Bibliography



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


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


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

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:
  • Contact Librarians through IM reference, E-mail reference, telephone reference, or in-person at the reference desk:

Good luck in your searches!