Topic Finding and Thesis Formation
Writing and Research Resources
The Craft of Research by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams. Q180.55.M4 B66 2003
A Short Guide to Writing About Art by Sylvan Barnet. N7476 .B37 2003
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) guides
The College's collection of Film and Video Materials are listed in OASys. One way to search for these items is the Advanced Keyword Search, an option from the main keyword search tab.
Media Arts and Culture students also may have access to items in the cage collection. Please contact Diana Keeler (email@example.com) for more info.
You can also search WorldCat for videos and screenplays in our library and others:
Keyword searches often retrieve too many results, including materials that are irrelevant to your topic. Meanwhile, Title searches can be too narrow and leave you with no results. The answer is an approach that figures somewhere in the middle: Subject Headings. Subject headings are terms (topics, proper names, geographic regions, etc.) that indicate the scope of a book or other resource.
Try it yourself: you can copy and paste these example headings right into an OASys search for LC Subjects.
|BH 1-301 Aesthetics||1st floor, Old Wing|
|GN 301-674 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology||1st floor, Old Wing|
|GV 1469.15-1469.62 Computer games. Video games. Fantasy games||1st floor, Old Wing|
|PN 1993-1999 Motion pictures (Drama)||Tier 3|
|TR 1-1050 Photography||Tier 5|
|TR 845-1050 Cinematography. Motion pictures||Tier 5|