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CIN201: Film Cultures 1: Art & Industry

A comprehensive guide to for finding the best primary source materials (1895-1968) for your Cinema Studies assignment.

Specific Collections in this Platform

Gale Archives Unbound

Gale Archives Unbound is a suite of collections, each devoted to a particular topic, from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. The collections include primary, unpublished historical documents and draw from institutional sources, governmental sources, and private collections.

Resource types on this platform include:

  • Newspapers
  • FBI files
  • Manuscripts
  • Monographs

The following collections could be amazing resources for CIN201 assignment with materials falling within the require time period (1895-1968) across various topics

Film History 

Social / Cultural History

African American Studies
American Studies
Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Search Basics for this Platform

To search all of Gale or a collection select Advanced Search. To browse their collections, select the collections icon.

Connect Search Terms with Boolean Operators  

Enter search terms on separate lines e.g., enter title of film on the top line, director's last name below, to articulate your search request. Use Boolean Operators to improve your search: 

  • AND (narrows your search e.g., Paramount and Hepburn) 
  • OR (widens your search e.g., blacklist or communist, MGM or Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) 
  • NOT (exclude results that include this term) 
  • Quotations marks (search for  specific phrases, e.g., "It Happened One Night", "Audrey Hepburn", "studio system") 
  • Asterisk (wildcard truncation e.g., Canad* = Canada, Canadian, Canadians, Canadiana) 

Limit Search

Limit the scope of your search by only searching certain collections or by limiting the dates.

Filter Search Results

To filter the results, select one of the document types at the top or one of the other options on the right side of the page. If you want to filter by a collection, select revise search.

Save Sources and Searches

Save your source by selecting “Send to” or “Download”. Remember this does not save the citation information, so remember to save that as well.

Cite Sources

To view the details needed for the citation, select “View Full Citation” on the left-hand side. You can also have gale auto-generate a citation by selecting “Cite” on the top, right. Remember that auto-generated citations are not always accurate, and it is your responsibility to check for accuracy.