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Film 201 - Film Historiography - Spring 2018: More on Start Your Search

Consult this page to:

  • Understand what is NOT included in "Start Your Search"
  • Narrow your search if you have too many results

What is Start Your Search?

UC Library Search includes books, articles and more.

What's NOT included

Start your Search does not include everything in the Library's collections. To ensure you're finding the best possible articles on your research topic, you should search discipline-specific databases directly. 

Content that is not included in Start your Search:

It's difficult to track precisely which databases are or are not available in Start your Search for several reasons:

  1. Many databases are not exclusively available from a single vendor. The Library subscribes to the MLA International Bibliography from ProQuest, for example, but the Bibliography is still available in Start your Search by other means.
  2. Journals that are available in one database are often also available in other databases. While we know that Compendex is not available in Start your Search, many of the journals in Compendex are available in Start your Search via other library database subscriptions.

Sample Searches - "Start Your Search"

1.        keyword search; quotes keep two or more words together as a phrase      

          "new york ghetto fish market"

use filters on the left to limit to scholarly articles

     or by language etc. as needed

2.       search by filmmaker instead of by individual titles:

          "ken jacobs" film*

     * = truncation symbol/wildcard (child* = child childs children childish childhood...)

3.      varying terminology; looking for official subject headings; geography headings

             world war 1 american* propaganda     

             world war 1914 1918 american* propaganda

              world war 1914 1918  propaganda (subject)

click on geography limit on the left; click on show more; select every possible variation, every US state, etc.

4.      advanced search

         advanced search

         exhibition* or presentation* or parlo*

Start Your Search - Filters for narrowing your search

Are there filters in the left sidebar that will help you narrow your search results?  Click on the category ("language" "geography") to view the options.