COLIN HOMISKI

Research Librarian
Music, Art, Film, Media Studies, Philosophy

Library Membership Card provides:



Access to Your Account (see what books
you have checked out, renew them and
place reservations)
Can check out 10 (BA) books at a time
Most SHL books 4 week loan periods
(some 2 week loan)
Provides access to some e-resources
off-site
Serves as your Everyone Print Card
which includes photocopying, scanning
(last 4 digits on back)
Access the Wi-Fi system. Do NOT
browse and ‘connect to wi-fi.’ You will
need to set up a connection first.

●Google is a tremendous search engine - It is very smart can interpret "natural language" (i.e. plurals, misspellings,
foreign words)
●BUT it can not always get the researcher to the end-user
product BECAUSE of authentication and subscription!
(Problem with Google Scholar as well!)
●“Deep Web“ (i.e. searching for a plane or train ticket to
Paris at 20.00 tonight, or manuscripts of Dante)

●Not as “smart” as Google (although this is improving
with various library software upgrades)
●Start with KEYWORD search (Use NOUNS, not verbs,
adjectives, pronouns or prepositions!)
●Basic principles:
●Boolean (AND, OR, NOT)
●Truncation: uses stem of a word such as THEAT* retrieves theater,
theatre, theaters, theatres etc.) This is also called using a WILDCARD:
sometimes it is ‘?’ or ‘!’ or ‘*’
●Controlled vocabulary (index, thesaurus, Library of Congress Subject
Headings)



















Film Studies classmarks
Encyclopedias of film: YXP1
Bibliography of film: YXP2
Film Directors: YXP4
Film Theory: YXPA
Aesthetics & philosophy of film: YXPC
Documentary film: YXPM
Early cinema: YXQ
Cinema sound: YXR
Film industry: YXS
Film production and direction: YXT
History of film (general): YXP3
UK cinema: YXP3e-YXP3ev
French cinema: YXP3f
Spanish cinema: YXP3g
Italian cinema: YXP3i
German cinema: YXP3k
Russian/Soviet cinema: YXP3n
East Asian cinema: YXP3r-YXP3t
Latin American cinema: 6th floor (34)
PN1990-1998
US cinema: US 6th floor (33) YXP3










Media Studies classmarks
Journalism: YV-YVNB
Theatre studies: YX-YXO
History of British theatre: YX3e
Media studies (general): YZ
History of broadcasting: YZA
Radio broadcasting: YZB
Television studies: YZD
Internet: SOCIOLOGY South Block
7th floor (3) KDTI
Mass media: SOCIOLOGY South
Block 7th floor (3) KBM


Encyclopedia/Dictionary databases (Oxford English Dictionary,
Dictionary of National Biography, IMDB)
Bibliographic/Indexes databases which contain all of the types of
material written about a particular topic such as journal articles, books,
conference proceedings, theses, reviews, etc. (International Index to the
Performing Arts, MLA International Bibliography, Periodicals Index
Online)—NOT the final ‘object’/PDF
Full-text databases which will have the full article in PDF/HTML to
view/download (JSTOR, Academic Search Complete, Ingenta, Times
Digital, Proquest Newspapers)
Citation Indexes which detail the ‘importance’ or ‘impact’ of particular
article (Web of Knowledge – Social Science Citation Index, Arts and
Humanities Citation Index)
▪ *Databases blur these distinctions - Both International Index to the Performing Arts,
and Academic Search Complete have citation information on ‘more recent’ articles but
not the full text (yet) because of moving wall.

●Intellectual Property
ranges from Copyright to Public Domain
http://creativecommons.org/about/
(All rights reserved to no rights reserved)
●Creative Commons created as a Copyright 2.0 (some rights
reserved)
●For purposes of criticism (in academic research) you can
“quote” but must provide a citation or source reference.
This source will be described in a specific citation format (e.g.
Chicago style, MLA or Harvard, etc)
Degli-Esposti, C. (1996). Federico Fellini’s Intervista or the Neo-Baroque
Creativity of the Analysand on Screen. Italica, 73(2), 157–172.
doi:10.2307/479361

WEB 1.0
http://www.flickr.com/photos/aoisakana/291995799/

● Everything
connected
globally
●Centrally
Managed
● Need to know
HTML
●Slow to change
●Unidirectional
●Authoritarian
●Think of your use
of Bookmarks on
your computer

CURRENCY - When was it written? Can you determine
the date? Can you identify the last time it was updated?
● RELIABILITY - How accurate and relevant is it to your
research? Can citations and references be verified using
other means?
● AUTHORITY - Is the author a known expert in his/her
field? What is the subject of their expertise? Can you
verify them independently? Has the resource been peerreviewed?
● PURPOSE - Can you tell if there is any bias in the
presentation of the data? Is there objectivity? (e.g. think
if a tobacco or pharmaceutical company was funding the
data study or Rupert Murdoch’s papers or the Guardian,
or the Independent)

www.delicious.com
www.zotero.org





For academics by academics
Available in all browsers but
performs best in Firefox Mozilla or
Safari
Allows you to save copies of
webpages, create citation lists,
apply your own tagging metadata
Allows you to write on your copy of
webpages (with sticky post-its)
Allows you to search through all of
your PDFs!
Exports the citations back into
Word in any citation style (APA,
Harvard, Chicago style)

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