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FYS: Cellphone Cinematography (2019)

A guide for students in professor Amy Gerber-Stroh's class, created by Librarian Maryke Barber

OneSearch: Books, Articles, Films & More

What to Look For


  • Biographical information
    Search by name. If too many results, try adding the word biography or limiting to reference sources only.
  • Critical information
    Example of search: Mira Nair criticism (good for finding books); Mira Nair review (good for finding articles)
  • Interviews
    Example of key word search: Spike Lee interview


Film Genre and Style:

​Example of key word searches: fantasy films ; magic realism and (film* OR cinema OR motion picture*)

How To Search

AND, OR, & NOT (also known as "Boolean operators") help you combine search words, to find what you are looking for. Watch this video to find out how it works:

Adapted from the materials created by The University of Auckland Library, NZ. This video is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license.

Smart Searching Tips

Create a list of key words, and try different key words in your searches:

Who, what, where, when....topics, names and places are all good key words, so are titles, events or historical periods, genres/styles/other categories, expert terms.
Add to your list by looking for:

  • Subject terms in OneSearch and other databases.
  • related terms (producer - filmmaker)
  • synonyms (woman - female)

No results? Search more broadly: 

Try your search using fewer terms, or change to broader terms: for example, use the term film festivals (broad), instead of just Sundance Festival (narrow).

Too many results? Narrow down by adding something:

Try combining  search words, using "and" in between: close-up and focus

Search Tools

Combine your terms using "AND":

cinematographer and montage and speed

Use the *  (asterisk) wildcard, to search several terms at once.

direct* = directing, director, directors, etc.

Use quotation marks to enclose a phrase:

"camera lens"