MCOM 283: The Development of Film (Spring 2014)
To insure that you find the best and most authoritative information on the web, follow these suggestions:
1. Limit searches to .gov and .edu:
To do this add site:gov or site: edu to any web search.
2. Use only key words and place phrases inside " ":
"close encounters of the third kind"
"social injustice" and "to kill a mockingbird"
Lots of timelines, chronologies, and day-by-day sources to get an overview of what was happening around the world at the time.
Chronicle of the 20th Century REF D 422 .C33 (only to 1987)
Day by Day, the Forties REF D 427 .L4
Day by Day, the Fifties REF D 842.5 .M47 1979
Day by Day, the Sixties REF D 842.5 .P27 1983
Day by Day, the Seventies REF D 848 .L4 1988
Day by Day, the Eighties REF D 848 .M45 1995
Day by Day, the Nineties REF D 856 .A93 2004
What They Said… REF PN 1993 .N465 (1896-1979)
Quotes from each year by well-known individuals - categorized (e.g. political, economic, etc.)
World Almanac Reference Office Room 109 REF AY 64 .W89 (1910-present)
Pick the year of your film. Look in the front of the almanac for the pages that review the
previous year’s events, usually at the front of the book. You may need to look at earlier years, as well.
The People's Almanac REF AG 106 .P46 1975
To find timelines and events for specific years and regions of the world, use a web search engine (Google). Search terms to use: world events timeline or u.s. events timeline. Add the year or decade (i.e. 1940 or 1960s) to your search to narrow it.
This is default search on the library home page. This will search across many library's databases and the library catalog, finding articles and books in a single search.
The results from a search will be very large; use the limiters on the left side of the page to refine and narrow your results. The most useful of the limiters are listed below:
This is a good starting place for research, but you will want to use the databases (for articles) and catalogs (for books) listed below for more in-depth and precise searching.
All of the following databases are linked from the library home page under the Databases tab. For best results use the Advanced Search features of any database.
Use the link Databases by Subject. Choose the appropriate subject (Communication Arts) and examine the list of index/database titles and accompanying descriptions. Look for a check box on the search screen to limit a search to Peer-Reviewed, Academic, or Scholarly articles.
If you have the citation for a periodical article (article title, journal title, date, pages, etc.) follow these steps:
Books can be found using library catalogs. Milne Library's "classic catalog" includes both print and links to the full text of electronic books.