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Researching Foreign Films

Page history last edited by JSRCC Library 11 years, 9 months ago

Class: ENG-252 - Survey of World Literature II

Instructor: Ghazala Hashmi


Scope  ll  Finding Books  ll  Finding Articles (via the library databases)  Journals vs. Magazines

Film Journals &  Magazines (print and online via the library databases &  open access web sites)

Online Search Techniques  ll  Internet vs. Library Databases

Evaluating Resources  ll  Off-campus Access  ll  Need More Help? 


Scope: Covers how to find resources on foreign film reviews and criticism.


Finding Online & Print Books:

 

To find both online and print books available through JSRCC Libraries, you can search the VCCSLinc Library catalog

 

Sample Subject Keywords to search in catalog: motion pictures, films

 

Browse print books on the shelves located in the following Library of Congress Call Number range:  PN1993-1999

 

Selected Online & Print Books available through JSRCC Libraries:

 

 

NetLibrary

Provides access to over 10,000 online full-text books in a wide variety of subject areas including film studies. Besides using the library catalog to search for online books, you can go to NetLibrary directly to search for online books. To access NetLibrary off-campus, you will first need to create a NetLibrary account on a campus computer.  From the NetLibrary home page, click on Create a Free Account in the upper right hand corner of the screen. 

 

  • Click here for instructions on creating a NetLibrary account and getting started.

  • Click here for additional NetLibrary help.

 


Finding Articles:

 

EBSCOhost databases

The library provides access to a wide variety of EBSCOhost databases.  Use the main EBSCOhost database menu to select and search multiple databases at the same time.   

 

EBSCOhost Search Tips:

 

  • Select the following EBSCOhost databases from the main menu:  Academic Search Complete, Communication & Mass Media Complete, Humanities International Complete, and MasterFILE Premier.
  • Try an Advanced Search.
  • Use the asterisk (*) as the truncation symbol to pick up all forms of a root word (e.g., film* will find film, films, filmmaker, filmaking)

  • Use the Boolean operator, OR, to pick up related terms (e.g., cinema OR  film* OR  motion picture* OR  movie*).  Using the operator, OR, (without the operator, AND) will expand or broaden your search.

  • Using the operator, AND, will narrow your results to make it more precise or focused (e.g., wild strawberries AND motion pictures). 

  • Search terms:  use the title of the movie and the the subject term, motion pictures.  You can also try the title of the movie and the name of the director or main actor/s.

  • Checkmark the Full Text box under the Limit your results section to limit your results to full text articles.

 

Search Examples:

 

  • wild strawberries AND motion pictures
  • wild strawberries AND  bergman

 

 

Tutorial:

 

  Click here to view a short demo clip on searching EBSCOhost.

 

Literature Resource Center

Database includes film criticism and reviews.

 

LRC  Search Tips:

 

  • Try a basic keyword search.
  • Use the asterisk (*) as the truncation symbol to pick up all forms of a root word (e.g., film* will find film, films, filmmaker, filmaking)

    Use the Boolean operator, OR, to pick up related terms (e.g., cinema OR  film* OR  motion picture* OR  movie*).  Using the operator, OR, (without the operator, AND) will expand or broaden your search.

    Using the operator, AND, will narrow your results to make it more precise or focused - e.g., spirited away AND (cinema OR filmOR movie*).

  • Search terms:  use the title of the movie and the related terms -  cinema OR  film* OR  movie*.  You can also try the title of the movie and the name of the director or main actor/s.

  • From the basic search screen, scroll down and select the following from the content type menu: Literature Criticism and Reviews & News.

 

Search Example:

 

  • spirited away AND (cinema OR filmOR movie*)

 

 

 

 

JSTOR

Database includes film criticism and reviews. 

 

JSTOR Search Tips:

 

  • Try an Advanced Search.
  • Use quotations ("  ") to pick up the exact phrase (e.g. "bicycle thief" )
  • From the Advanced Search screen, scroll down and select the following from the Discipline(s) and/or Title(s) menu: Film Studies.

 

Search Example:

 

  • "bicycle thief"  

 

 

 

 


Selected Web Sites:

 

 


Need more help?

Visit the reference desks at JSRCC Libraries orAsk a librarian@JSRCC

 

Created on 3/3/09.  Last updated on 3/6/09

 

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