Tutt Library Research Guides
Just looking for a video (DVD, etc)?
Use an AUTHOR search to find sound/video recordings of composers and performers.
To find Russian films, you may search the Tiger catalog several ways:
It seems old school, but the term "motion pictures" is preferred over "film" as a subject in the Tiger catalog. But, if you change your type of search to a Keyword search, as in, Film* Russia* (asterisks allow for an expansion of root words-Film* will pick up films, filming, etc.) you will see several results.
How do you know how what terms can be used as subjects?
You don’t, really (without a lot of nerdy librarian education)---unless your subject is a person. Use this format: Last name, first name, e.g. Tolstoy, Leo. Here you'll find a list of subjects that are narrowed by the use of additional terms. Check out Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Topical subjects are best found by finding a useful book, chapter, item, etc.. that you may find in your browse list. I found the item below in a browse list, and clicked on the title to open up a "record":
The Cinema of Russia and the Former Soviet Union / edited by Birgit Beumers. Near the bottom of this record, I find subjects, that are linked to other records with the identical tag. Click on these subjects to broaden or narrow your search.
Of course, you may also search for specific films by title, author, director, using a variety of searches.
When searching TIGER, Prospector, and WorldCat, try to
Think Broadly. Remember to think broadly when searching for books - that is, to realize that your specific topic will probably be treated in books that cover a broader subject.
Once you find some sources relevant to your topic, use the subject headings to help you find more materials
Generally speaking, a Keyword Search will yield more results:
You have access to videos from three sources -- TIGER, Prospector, and WorldCat: