COM LIT R1B: Eavesdropping and Surveillance in Literature and Film

Databases for Film Studies

Off-campus Access to Library Resources

Before you can access Library resources from off campus make sure you have configured your computer with proxy server settings.

After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID or Library PIN when you click on the link to a licensed resource.

How to Search

Power search features for most article databases:
  • Use synonyms -- there are many ways to express a concept (teenager or teenagers or adolescent)
  • Use truncation to get different forms of the word, for example teenage* will retrieve teenagersteenager,teenaged, etc.
  • Use quotation marks when you want an"exact phrase"
  • Restrict by date -- most will let you find only the most current five years if you chose that limit.

Always use Advanced Search:
  • Look for "controlled vocabulary" (also called descriptors or subject headings) that helps you identify articles that are about a topic, not just that have the word in the abstract. For example, if you are looking for the cause of a certain psychological problem, the descriptor "etiology" finds material that looks at causality.
  • Use the special "limits" or "fields" that the database offers. They really do help you make a more focused and powerful search.  Some typical limits include:
    • Publication type -- do you want articles? reviews? book chapters?
Once you get a single good article, use its subject headings or descriptors to find others like it!

Literary criticism

Watch a 40 second video on how to search Literature Research Center.

Watch a 30 second video on how to search JSTOR.

  • MLA International Bibliography
    Advanced Search baudelaire AND flowers of evil Search Too many results? Edit Search Click 'English Only'
  • Literature Resource Center (LRC)
    Advanced Search Works—Browse list Type in name of work [e.g. "around the world in eighty days" in top search box. Select the correct title from the list Click 'Search'
  • JSTOR
    Advanced Search: baudelaire AND “flowers of evil” Notice the results. Want fewer? Modify Search Click 'Add field'. Search “travel*”

Interdisciplinary databases

  • Academic Search Complete
    articles in more than 10,900 journals - scholarly and general articles
  • Project MUSE
    articles from 250 scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.
  • JSTOR
    Includes over 1000 scholarly journals - scholarly -- not current

Where's the PDF?

Many article databases contain information about articles (citations or abstracts), not the entire text of the article.  Once you've used an article database to find articles on your topic, you may need to use this button:uc-eLinks button in order to locate and read the full text of the article. The UC-eLinks button appears in nearly all the databases available from the UCB Library website.

UC-eLinks will link you to the online full text of an article if UCB has paid for online access; otherwise, UC-eLinks will help you locate a print copy on the shelf in the library. If UCB doesn't own the article in print or online format, UC-eLinks can also help you order a copy from another library.

For more information, watch this video tutorial (about 4 min.)

You can also set up UC-eLinks to work with Google Scholar.  For more information, watch this 40-second demo.

Last Update: November 19, 2013 11:14