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CTVA 315: New Directions in Electronic Media

Searching for sources on digital media

Digital media is a popular subject. Because of this it will be necessary to think carefully about your specific interests. Consider adding an additional subject term (and even a third keyword term), to create the more effective list of results.

Subjects often associated with "Digital media":

  • Social aspects
  • Political aspects
  • Law and legislation
  • Philosophy
  • Moral and ethical aspects
  • Artificial intelligence (A.I.)
  • Fake news
  • Invisible/Deep web
  • Dark web

Figure 1: Suggested search instructions for searching "Digital media"

Once you have your search results, use the filters on the left to further refine your search to display only resource types and peer-reviewed articles.

Figure 2: Resource Types

Advanced Search

Your searchable topics are informed by your assignment prompt. Consider the following example using the Advanced search function in OneSearch:

Figure 1: Multiple Search bars

Figure 1 illustrates multiple techniques to increase the relevance of your search results by using:

  • subject searching to ensure your results are reasonably ABOUT your search terms.
  • the "is (exact)" function from the drop menu to ensure that multiple words are searched as a single term.
  • the boolean operator "AND" to pull results that contain both sets of terms.

Figure 2: Subject terms in the catalog record

Figure 2 illustrates a catalog record produced by the subject search using the search terms "Film adaptations" and "gothic literature". Note how these terms appear in the subjects assigned to the resource, assuring that the resource is sufficiently about the search terms used in the search. 

Once your results are populated, use the filters on the left to isolate topics, resource types, peer-reviewed articles, and more.

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