The Hesburgh library houses many valuable resources for your research and study of film history topics. This guide is intended to demonstrate the steps in conducting your research.
Beginning your research:
As you decide on your topic you want to explore the various angles and develop a strategy for locating the information. What aspect do you want to focus on? What is the most important element of the topic? By answering these, and other pertinent, questions you can develop several “keywords” with which to begin your search. For example, when you are interested in a particular director their name can be used as a “keyword.” If you are researching a particular film the title would then become your “keyword.” Remember to try and start more broadly with your search so that you can narrow and refine the topic as you achieve results.
You might consider creating a list of viable keywords to begin your search as a way of tracking the process. For example, a search on Maurice Ravel:
Name: Maurice Ravel
Work: Bolero, Daphnis et Chloé, Piano Concerto in G, etc.
Once you have developed a list of keywords you can follow these steps:
- Search the ND Catalog for books and/or sound recordings
- Look for articles pertaining to your topic
- Search for reviews, when applicable, on your topic
- Search for images, when applicable, on your topic
- Search other resources for your topic.
When searching for scores you want to follow these steps:
From the library's home page you will see a search box. This box is called a "quick search" and will search the entire catalog regardless of format. Try not to use this box. Instead, if you look just below this box you will see a hyperlink entitled "Advanced Catalog Search"--Click here.
The "Advanced Catalog Search" tab opens up many more possibilities for your search and allows you to limit your search by format. When searching for scores this is the better search to make. You want to choose "Musical Scores" from the options available in the "All Formats box. This will ensure that your results will only search the scores and not the millions of books and recordings in the stacks as well.