A) First steps
- Your OneCard is your library card. New cards should be automatically registered.
- You will be asked to login when accessing paid resources from off campus
- Using an American Film? Find background information in the American Film Institute Catalog
B) Finding a focus
- Developing a research question (video: 5:07)
C) Evaluating sources
- How Can I Tell if my Source is Scholarly? (video: 4:21)
- Identifying Peer-Reviewed Journals (video: 2:15)
- try Ulrichsweb to see if a specific journal is scholarly
- Film reviews vs criticism
D) Finding books and book chapters
- Limit to "Books" tab
- Search film title and/or director
- Note: books about individual films are in a different place from books about directors
- Consider the context, using subject searches. eg: "motion pictures France" "realism in motion pictures" "documentary films" "social aspects" "political aspects"
- Don't know the right terms? Search by keyword, then click on "Details" to see subject terms for each book
- Where are the books at Laurier?
- Request from other libraries
- Start early!
Don't want to read a whole book?
- Check the table of contents (at the beginning of each book) or the index (at the end) for your keywords
E) Finding journal articles
- For scholarly sources, limit search to "peer reviewed"
- Limit by language
F) Need more sources?
- Try searching JSTOR. This database has many full text, scholarly journals for all disciplines. Be very specific with your search, since you will be searching every word of every article.
- As you read each books and article, note when the author mentions other useful sources
- To find books, search for the book title in the Primo catalogue
- To find articles, search for the journal title
- Finding a Journal Article when you only have the Title (video: 3:50)
Link for exercise, Nov. 4, 2015: bit.ly/FS240Sources
G) Other resources
- Creating an Annotated Bibliography (video: 3:37)
- Improving your thesis statement (video: 5:25)
- MLA style
- Turabian/Chicago style
- Managing your citations
Having problems? Don't hesitate to contact me: email, call (519-884-0710 x3384), drop in, or make an appointment. My office, L3-312, is one floor up from the main floor of the Library on the Waterloo campus. Come up the stairs, then walk straight ahead.