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Research Therapy: Finding Book and Film Reviews Using Library Databases

A book or film review is a valuable tool for providing a brief summary, content description, and contemporary reactions.  Usually appearing shortly after a book is published or a film is released, reviews can be found in various magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals. The library has many databases that you can use to locate book or film reviews – Here are some of my favorites along with some search strategies specific for each database!

Search Strategy: Helpful Tips to Remember!

    • To find a review you will need to know the title, author, and year of publication.
    • It is important to remember that reviews generally appear near the date of publication up to several years after. Any later and you might be looking at a literary criticism.  Check the inside of the book or the library catalog for the publication date.
    • All of the recommended databases will allow you to specifically limit your search for book or film reviews. Make sure to check “Book Review”, “Review”, or “Entertainment Review” in the refine your search option area.
    • Make sure you are using a database that covers the year the book or film was published or released.
    • If you are having difficulties finding a review remember, of the thousands of books published each year only a small percentage are actually reviewed. It is possible that the book was not reviewed or you may have to search multiple databases to find a review.

For a more complete list of databases & coverage dates, use the following guide:
Using Library Databases to Find Book and Film Reviews

Also, view our new Research Therapy video for more tips and a tutorial on how to use some of these databases!

Good Luck with your research!

~Jamie Johnson   jamie.johnson@csun.edu

Watch Stage Performance Videos with Two New Databases

Theatre on Video

The Critic, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, directed by Don Taylor, performed by Sir John Gielgud, Nigel Hawthorne & Rosemary Leach

‘Talking about music is like dancing about architecture’ may be one of the most common adages acknowledging the value of experiencing art for interpretation. For many, witnessing a performance is key to seeing how everything fits together. While reading a play is one level of understanding a work, this may not be enough to support mastery of the craft. But seeing a piece unfold can be instrumental in discovering its multiple layers and sometimes this requires viewing many different performances of the same work. Two of the Oviatt Library’s latest resources, which have been funded by the Campus Quality Fee, make experiencing Opera and Theatre performances much more accessible. Students, staff and faculty can now log in to Library resources through Databases A-Z to find them. While some performances may be found on YouTube, the quality of the videos in these databases is generally higher and includes permission to cite them as academic sources. In addition to viewing the performances directly from the databases, these videos can also be shared with classes through Moodle. So put your dancing shoes aside as the adage suggests and enjoy the convenience of Opera and Theatre performances directly from your computer. 

Opera in Video - Collection of the most important opera performances, captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon.

 Theatre in Video - Collection of more than 250 definitive performances of the world’s leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video, representing hundreds of leading playwrights, actors and directors.

- Coleen Martin and Lindsay Hansen

New Message in a Minute Video Released About Library Lectures

The Oviatt Library has created a video series called Message in a Minute for Faculty to let faculty know about Library resources and services. With seven videos produces thus far, and with more than 3,400 hits to view the videos, many faculty members, as well as other interested viewers of the Library’s YouTube channel, have been able to learn about new and longstanding resources due to this series. To date, the topics of these brief videos include: Course Reserves, Interlibrary Loan, Librarian Help Through Moodle, Searching Cited References, The Place To Be (Library Tour) and one about our new streaming video service, Video Furnace. Our latest Message in a Minute video released talks about the benefits of Library lectures and tells the story of how one student was able to succeed with his research assignment through faculty and Library intervention. Please take a look at this latest video below and feel free to browse the other videos at the Library’s YouTube channel. Tutorials and other interesting and fun clips about the Library and its resources and services can be found there as well.

Message in a Minute for Faculty: Library Lectures

Survey Monkey Link for Library Lectures

- Coleen Martin