Hello, and welcome to the COMM 125 Introduction to Motion Pictures Library Guide. This guide recommends several resources you can use for your Research Paper assignment, and some tips on their use.
The resources recommended below are called "databases." These databases are searchable collections of information sources. They are separate and distinct from ".com" internet sources, so anything you find in them can be used for your assignment.
If you have any specific questions on using these resources, or just need help finding quality materials for your research paper, be sure to Ask a Librarian for assistance!
Most of these databases will use an advanced search option that lets you create specific searches for specialized content. For some tips on advanced searching, check the PDF below:
The content you find in most of these databases will be "scholarly." This means that it is written by and for experts within a specific subject. It is the type of content you are expected to use at a college level. For more information on reading scholarly materials, check the Reading a scholarly article page to the right.
Many of these databases share the same interface. You can search databases with the same interface at the same time!
If you are looking at one of the EBSCOhost databases, select, "Choose Databases" above the search boxes to choose multiple databases.
Components of scholarly articles:
Strategies for reading:
The databases you use provide automatic citation information for the articles you view. However, please keep in mind that these citations are machine generated, and not always 100% accurate. For instructions on correctly formatting in APA Style, check the Purdue OWL guide:
For the EBSCOHost databases, find the citation information using the Cite icon:
In the GALE Databases, look for the Citation Tools icon: