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ENG 110: Film and the Representation of Ourselves.

Finding Articles

Developing a Search Strategy

When searching a database for articles or topics, it is best to remember a few Key Points:

  • Spell out whatever key words you are looking for, abbreviations are often misunderstood by database search engines.
  • Remember to use the boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT to link your keywords together. 
  • Use mostly nouns when possible in your searches.  Avoid using other parts of speech (prepositions, etc.) in your search string for better results.
  • Try lots of different combinations and synonyms for your topic.  Be persistent!

A Few Useful Subject Terms for Film:

      • Films
      • Film Genres
      • Motion Pictures
      • Horror Films
      • Documentary Films
      • Film Noir