There are numerous ways to search for books, as well as for articles that appear in scholarly journals — the publications that scholars use to undertake and communicate their research.
Let's start with the articles. Information about these articles is cataloged in databases, which are also called Indexes. These are online subscription search engines that give you information about articles. You can access the most relevant databases for film studies by using the links in the box at right. Also, you can get more tips on finding articles by clicking here (find the box labeled "How do I search for scholarly journal articles?").
On the library's home page, you'll find a box for OneSearch, which searches the library's holdings as well as additional article and outside content. If you start typing, you'll see that you're presented with a number of options, which include:
There's also WorldCat, which is a "union catalog" — an index showing the contents of many public and academic libraries. This is a very useful tool when your project is very in-depth in a particular area.
For more help with finding books, you can click here (look at "Tips for Searching the Catalog").
Confused about any of this? Then why not schedule a research consultation with a film studies liaison librarian near you today?
These databases may be useful when thinking about films' social context:
Here are a few ways to find film reviews:
And in print (all these sources are found in Shain's Reference Area):