English 2010: Identity in the Age of CybercitizenshipInstructor: Svitlana Matviyenko
Some research tricks
- Clarify your questions and the types of information you need to answer them.
- Think about where types of information are typically published.
- Use a variety of words: movies, cinema, film, motion pictures.
- Use truncation to find word variants: techn* = technical, technology, technological, technocrat, etc.
- Use both broad and narrow terms: media, cinema, film, etc.
- Put OR between words to search for more.
- Put AND between words to narrow your results.
- Search by film title AND another term (director, actor, date) for more precision.
- Search for information about people, putting surname first, e.g. McLuhan, Marshall.
Use these databases to identify articles on your topic:
- Academic Search Premier
- Lexis Nexis Academic (Choose News, then Book, movie....reviews.)
- Sociological Abstracts
- Alternative Press Index
- Communication Abstracts
- Communication and Mass Media Complete
- LION: Literature Online
- FIAF:International Index to Film/TV Periodicals
- Art Full Text
Click on to locate a copy of the article online, in the library, or through ILL@MU.
- The MERLIN catalog shows materials in the MU Libraries.
- The MOBIUS catalog shows materials from Missouri academic libraries.
- WorldCat shows materials from many libraries worldwide.
- The Gale Virtual Reference Library provides specialized online encyclopedias for background information.
- Google options facilitates specific web searching of blogs, videos, images, scholarly information, etc.