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CTVA 310: History of American Cinema

Advanced Search

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

Figure 1:

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:

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. 

Using OneSearch for your Assignment

To locate sources for your assignment: 

  1. Enter the title of the work or main subject of the prompt into the first search bar. If using a book or film title, use "is (exact)" from the drop menu.
  2. Enter personal names (or corporate name(s) if not the main subject of your search) or secondary topic into subsequent search bars. Set search bars to "is (exact)"  (or use quotations marks) if searching names or topics with multiple words.

Figure 1: Sample search

Once your list of results is populated, use the filters on the left to choose a resource type, refine your topic, or show only peer-reviewed articles.

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