Film Research: The Basics Gary Handman ghandman@ 3-8666

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  • Film Research: The Basics Gary Handman ghandman@library.berkeley.edu 3-8666
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  • Film Research: The Basics Gary Handman ghandman@library.berkeley.edu 3-8566
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  • 1.Describes organization of library information 2.Point out some unique aspects of film as a research topic 3.Discuss how to select article databases (and determine whats in them) 4.Discuss how to develop search strategies 5.Introduce a group of basic moves and features common to many online catalogs and indexes. 6.Practice using these features in selected databases
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  • The Information Universe BooksBooks Journals (Magazines) & NewspapersJournals (Magazines) & Newspapers Government docsGovernment docs MapsMaps Media (video, sound recording, etc.)Media (video, sound recording, etc.) Computer files (e.g. CD- ROMS, data files)Computer files (e.g. CD- ROMS, data files) DissertationsDissertations ManuscriptsManuscripts & THE WEB The guy next to me is soooo hot!
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  • The Information Universe Not all books or journals are created equal Why/when books? Why/when journals
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  • Current Scholarly/In-depth Pop and fan Historical Writing About Film Industry
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  • Periodicals (aka magazines, journals, serials)Periodicals (aka magazines, journals, serials) NewspapersNewspapers Pop periodicals: ReviewsPop periodicals: Reviews Scholarly and professional periodicalsScholarly and professional periodicals ReviewsReviews Critical analysis/scholarly writingCritical analysis/scholarly writing BooksBooks From schlocky to scholarlyFrom schlocky to scholarly Biography, genre writing, individual films, individual directorsBiography, genre writing, individual films, individual directors Web Sites (more about this later)Web Sites (more about this later) Other online databasesOther online databases Sources for Film & Scholarship and Research
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  • Reviews: Assessment of aesthetic and content merits of a film Found in popular periodicals, film periodicals, and (less often) in more scholarly journals In pop periodicals: Current and Historical (older) Usually cover current releases, more pop theatrical releases Tend to be relatively short and relatively superficial (with some exceptions and depending on the publication and whos doing the writing) Interesting sources of info about audience reception and current think Reviews? Critical Writing? Whats the diff? Periodical Articles:
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  • Periodical Articles: Reviews? Critical Writing? Whats the Diff? Critical analysis: Discuss films in: broader historical, cultural, political, artistic context and/or Focus on a specific aspect of a film, film genre, or filmmaker Found in books and scholarly or film-related journals Tend to be longer, more substantive than reviews (with some exceptions and depending on the publication and whos doing the writing) Often include notes, bibliographies, other scholarly apparatus
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  • Robert DeNiro Taxi Driver But how do you locate this stuff?
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  • The Information Universe Library Catalog(s) Journal/Newspaper Indexes (article databases)
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  • Library Catalog(s) OskiCat: UCB Library holdings only MELVYL (CDL cat): All 9 UC Campuses An inventory of what the library owns Search by Author, Title, Subject Whole books and print and electronic journals, NOT whats inside of those publications
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  • The Information Universe: Books Doherty, Thomas Patrick. Teenagers and teenpics: the juvenilization of American movies in the 1950s Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2002. UCB Main PN1993.5.U6 D53 2002 Get da Book in da Stax Call # Look it Up in Pathfinder or MELVYL by Author, Title, or Subject Look it Up in Pathfinder or MELVYL by Author, Title, or Subject :
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  • The Information Universe: Finding Articles Article Databases (Indexes/Abstracts) Allow subject/author searching in a group of journals in a particular discipline or topical area. Produced by different commercial publishers; often look/act differently from one another. Some indexes also offer: Abstracts Full-Text UC e-Links
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  • All databases are not created equal (or by the same company) All databases are not created equal (or by the same company)
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  • Two possibilities: Links you to full-text in ANOTHER article databaseLinks you to full-text in ANOTHER article database ANOTHER Or Flips you over to MELVYL so you can locate a physical copy of the journal at UCB or elsewhere.Flips you over to MELVYL so you can locate a physical copy of the journal at UCB or elsewhere.MELVYL
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  • Choosing an Articles database (index) Look at the listings of article databases available via the library www.lib.berkeley.edu: includes listings by SUBJECT, NAME, etc.www.lib.berkeley.edu General Databases are often good places to start (particularly for newsy/topical issues) Listings of subject-specific electronic resources
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  • Garys Desert Island Index/Article Database List No Now Playing
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  • GH Desert Island Index/Article Database List: Current No Now Playing Academic Search Complete MLA Bibliography International Index to the Performing Arts JSTOR
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  • GH Desert Island List: Film reviews 1945-1980 No Now Playing Readers Guide Retrospective International Index to the Performing Arts JSTOR New York Times (ProQuest) Periodicals Archive Online Off-line: Variety Film Reviews (in MRC)
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  • The Information Universe (Now) But Remember: Not everything is online!!!!!: Article Databases: Generally only go back 10- 20 yrs online (some exceptions e.g. Historical Newspapers) Not every publication is indexed Fairly small (but rapidly growing) subset of the books and journal universe is currently available in full-text Online is Cool
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  • The Information Universe Remember Also: Not every topic has lots written about it, either in books or journal lit. --Research on very current topics --Research on radically specific topics --Research on topics off the beaten academic track or off the pop culture radar
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  • How to Begin? Before you click: THINK Formulate a concise, concrete statement of the research problem Formulate your search in terms of keywords and key phrases: The impact of television advertising and television violence on school performance and pre-adolesecent social interaction.
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  • How to Begin? Before you click: THINK Think of synonyms for key words/phrases The impact of television advertising and television violence on school performance and pre-adolesecent social interaction. Children Youth Adolescents etc. Commercials Ads etc. Academic achievement Grades etc. Media TVetc Socialization, relationships, peer interactionetc.
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  • The Information Universe What to do if nothing is turning up: Tweak your topic: Broaden it / select a different angle Rethink your search strategy (new keywords, new concepts, etc.) Bail out completely and choose another topic
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  • A few cautionary words about research on the Net LibraryLand The Net Google Rocks! Google Scholar google.scholar.com
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  • Common Search Features: Basic and Advanced Search Screens Trunction: wild card that allows you to scoop up broader results:* # or ? Depending on db --e.g.: Advertis* will give you: advertise, advertising, advertisers, advertisements Search by keyword or by phrase Search specific fields (e.g., SUBJECT, TITLE) Use of AND, OR, NOT
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  • Common Search Features: --Save list of good stuff --Mail Articles/Citations to yourself
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  • http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/ FilmBibMenu.html a growing listing of bibliographies on various film topics and individual films compiled by MRC (includes bibs for genres, filmmakers, national cinemas, and individual film).
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  • Connecting from off-campus
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  • being driven over the edge by your research? Call me: Gary Handman 643-8566 ghandman@library.berkeley.edu