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NDL 110: Road Movies

January 2009
The Research Process

Research is an adventure. It's open-ended, exploratory, surprising, frustrating, and full of blind alleys and interesting side trips. It doesn't have to be lonely. Compare notes with your colleagues and take advantage of the friendly people sitting at the reference desk. We love to help you find what you're looking for.

Personnel:
Professor: Donald Scheese dscheese@gustavus.edu
Librarian: Jeff Jenson jjenson@gac.edu


Table of Contents:

Reference Sources
  • The New York Times Guide to the Best 1000 Movies Ever Made
    Includes Comedies, Documentaries, Dramas, Musicals, Thrillers, Top Ten Lists, Original Reviews, Cast, and credits
    • Location(s): REF PN1995 .C343 1999
  • The New York Times Film Reviews (12 Volumes)
    Volumes 1-5 are indexed in volume 6. Volumes 7-12 have indexes within each volume.
    Location: REF PN1995.N4
  • Film Literature Index
    The Film Literature Index (FLI) annually indexes 150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries cover-to-cover and 200 other periodicals selectively for articles on film and television. The periodicals range from the scholarly to the popular.
    Location: REF PN1994 .F4 1974
Finding Articles
Databases for articles and other materials offer references to publications that may or may not be in this library; some databases offer full text of articles and others simply citations. There are in-depth databases that cover publications in a particular field and others that are interdisciplinary. You can access databases from a drop-down list on the library's main page.
  • Academic Search Premier
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph

    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
  • Communication & Mass Media Complete
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?authtype=ip,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=ufh

    Communication & Mass Media Complete (CMMC) originated with the merging of two databases in the fields of communication and mass media studies - CommSearch and Mass Media Articles Index. CMMC indexes around 600 journals and contains full text for over 240 titles.
  • Film Quarterly
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://caliber.ucpress.net/loi/fq

    Film Quarterly has been publishing substantial, peer-reviewed writing on motion pictures since 1958, earning a reputation as the most authoritative academic film journal in the United States. Its wide array of topics, perspectives, and approaches appeals to film scholars and film buffs alike.
Internet Resources
  • IMDB: Internet Movie Database
    http://www.imdb.com/

    Searchable database of movies, TV shows, actors and actresses, and other people in the movie industry. Also includes news, photos, and links to trailers and reviews. Describes itself as the "earth's biggest movie database."
Finding Books
  • MnPALS Plus
    http://gacproxy.mnpals.net/login?url=http://plus.mnpals.net/catalog/GAC

    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All MnPALS Libraries" under "Library to Search" to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary loan. See our Guide to MnPALS for instructions. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic.
  • MnLink
    http://www.mnlinkgateway.org/zportal/zengine?VDXaction=ZSearchAdvanced

    A shared catalog of Minnesota libraries, including the University of Minnesota. To search a large number of libraries at once, choose "Libraries - Academic" from the "Current Profile" list. Use the "Get it!" button to place Interlibrary Loan requests.
Finding Journals
  • Journal Locator
    http://gac.liblink.umn.edu/gac/az

    Use to see if we have journals in print and/or electronic.
Interlibrary Loan
http://gustavus.edu/academics/library/ill.html

We can order books and articles from other libraries if you need something we don't have.

Citing Your Sources
  • Avoiding Plagiarism
    http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/589/01/

    If you're confused about whether you should cite a source or not, take a look at this explanation of plagiarism from Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL).
Contacting Jeff
I am happy to discuss your research questions with you. Contact me via e-mail at jjenson@gustavus.edu or call me at x7572.

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