Psychology 4825

Psychology 4825: Psychology @ the Movies
Instructor: Etti Naveh-Benjamin

Some research tricks

  • Clarify your questions and the types of information you need to answer them.
  • Think about where types of information are typically published.
  • Use a variety of words: movies, cinema, film, motion pictures.
  • Use truncation to find word variants: psych* = psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalytic, etc.
  • Use both broad and narrow terms: mental illness, schizophrenia, multiple personality.
  • Put OR between words to search for more.
  • Put AND between words to narrow your results.
  • Search by film title AND another term (director, actor, date) for more precision.

Finding Articles

Use these databases to identify articles on your topic:

Click on finditatMUto locate a copy of the article online, in the library, or through ILL@MU.

Finding Books

  • The MERLIN catalog shows materials in the MU Libraries.
  • The MOBIUS catalog shows materials from Missouri academic libraries.
  • WorldCat shows materials from many libraries worldwide.

Finding Films

  • The MERLIN catalog shows the films in the MU Libraries. Use the advanced search and limit to
    • Specific Library Location: MU Ellis Library
    • Material Type: Proj Medium
  • The Academic Support Center has a large collection of films that can be viewed for free at their location or checked out for a fee.
  • WorldCat lists films held by many libraries. We can often get these through ILL@MU. (Note we can’t request films through MOBIUS, but can often get the same films through WorldCat.)
  • 9th Street Video has an excellent collection.
  • The Columbia Public Library has a collection of films, mainly TV documentaries and specials.
  • NetFlix.
  • The Internet Archive has a large and diverse collection of video footage.

Other Resources

The Gale Virtual Reference Library provides specialized online encyclopedias for background information.
The literary filmography : 6,200 adaptations of books, short stories and other nondramatic works (PN1997.85 M87 2006)
The complete index to literary sources in film (Ref. PN1997.85 .G64 1999)
Novels into film : the encyclopedia of movies adapted from books (PN1997.85 .T54 1999)
The encyclopedia of novels into film (Ref. PN1997.85 .T54 1998)

Homework and Research Help

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