FILM 230: Graduate Production Seminar

Article Databases

Search an article database to find citations (title, author, title of journal, date, page numbers) for articles on a particular topic.  The Library gives you access to over 200 article databases covering different disciplines.

1.  Think about which academic disciplines might write about your topic.  Examples:  literature, film, anthropology, history...

2.  Find the appropriate article database by subject (academic discipline or department).  Look for "Recommended" databases.

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject

Search Results

  • click on the title to see full record (including abstracts and descriptors)
  • to limit by publication type (peer-reviewed journals, conferences, books, etc.) click on the appropriate tab or link
  • if necessary,look for other limits (latest update, journal articles only, english only) and more advanced searches
  • select records to save to your personalized list; lists may be e-mailed, downloaded, printed

UC-eLinks - Find Article Text/Location

Once you've searched a database to find articles, you may need to use UC-eLinks orange logo to link to a PDF or html file if the full text is not immediately available. Each database is a bit different, but a good rule of thumb is this: when you see the Uc-eLinks icon click on it to view your article access options, which can range from full text to a call number to an Interlibrary Loan request:

UC e-Links image

For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.

Sample Searches - Article Databases

Sample searches in Alt Press Watch, Ethnic Newswatch, Genderwatch databases:

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject >Gay, Lesbian... Studies > Alt Press Watch 

to search multiple relevant databases from this company, click on "Searching...1 databases" (at the top)

check off:  Ethnic NewsWatch, GenderWatch

1.  blackberri (anywhere)

     "michelle parkerson" (anywhere)

2.  Example of a search using multiple terms and truncation,etc

gay* or lesbian* or queer* or transgender* (anywhere)
artist*  (anywhere)

narrow your results by limilting your search to anywhere EXCEPT full text:

gay* or lesbian* or queer* or transgender* (anywhere except full text)
(anywhere except full text)

look for official subject terms (not all articles in these databases have official subject terms)

gay* or lesbian* or queer* or transgender* (subject)

OR:  limit to scholarly journals

2.  look through your search results for additional useful terms


corporate social responsibility

social responsibility of business


Sample Searches in Academic Search Complete + other databases as appropriate

Library home> Articles > Film > Film and Television Literature Index

1.  add other EbscoHost databases as appropriate:

choose databases

check off:  Academic Search Complete; Art Full Text; Communication Abstracts; LGBT Life; Women's Studies International

2.  use multiple search terms

feminis*  (select a field - optional)
documentar*  (select a field - optional)
film* or cinema* or movie* (select a field - optional)

glee*  (select a field - optional)
queer* or masculin* (select a field - optional)

limit to peer reviewed journals


Last Update: January 27, 2014 15:45