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FS 102: South Asian Politics Through Film  

Spring 2015
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Course Basics

FS 102:  South Asian Politics Through Literature and Film

Professor: Jolie Wood

Librarian: Cynthia Burton, x2982


Doing Background Research

 Use this collection of online encyclopedias for background information and definitions.

Credo Reference Collection Online


Class Survey Results

Shortcut: List of suggested databases

  • AggreGator
    AggreGator--our new library search engine. Search (almost) all of our resources at once: books, journal articles, reference material, news articles and more.
    Full text journal articles from academic sources. There is a 3-5 year lag, so use a second database to get the more recent scholarship.
    Limit by journal subject areas in the advanced search
  • Historical Abstracts
    Subjects: History, social and cultural studies of Europe, and South America.
    Contains: Citations and abstracts to journal articles, books, dissertations from prehistory to current. Includes non-English language material.
    Coverage Dates: 1954 - present.
  • Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
    Subjects: Political science, international relations, law, public policy.
    Contains: Citations with abstracts to scholarly journal articles. 67% are published outside the United States.
    Coverage: 1975 to present
  • WorldCat
    Subjects: All
    Contains: Records for books, journals, video, audio and web publications from around the world.

An exercise in thinking: "talking with a search box"

We will divide into groups.  Each group will develop multiple ways of querrying a database on the topic of India or Pakistan AND poverty.

Spend a few minutes brainstorming what terms besides poverty would find relevant sources.

Execute your searches in the database assigned to you:

Group I                    Aggregator

Group II                   JSTOR

Group III                   Academic OneFile

Group IV                  Historical Abstracts

Each group will come to the podium to discuss and show what kinds of searches found what kinds of results.  Remember to take a look at the database descriptions.  

The entire exercise should take about 10 minutes-I'll give you a 5 and 2 minute warning.

Presentations:  For each group-

1.  Talk very briefly about what your database contains.

2.  Talk about and show us a sample or two of your searches.  

3.  Show one result that everyone "liked" and show us how you would obtain a copy.

WE will all help each other and listen carefully to each other.


Improving your Search Results


Use * (truncation symbol) to retrieve variant word endings
   politic*---> politic, politics, political, etc

Using and 
  India and democra*

Using or           (remember Or is MORE)
  economic* or financ*

Using and with or

  India and (middle class or bourgeois)

How to search for an exact phrase:
   "economic condition*"


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