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CST 151: Film Appreciation I (Cesa-Loudoun)

Guide by Eliza Selander. Direct comments to

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1) Use only the most essential words related to your topic. 

2) Not enough results?  Try related terms, or more general terms - e.g. instead of poodles, try dogs.

3) Too many results?  Try more specific terms - e.g. instead of computers, try social media AND privacy. Using AND, OR, quotation marks ( " " ) and an asterisk ( * )  can improve searching. Here are some sample searches:

 Sample Searches:

influence AND nonverbal communication

Use AND between two or more terms to find materials including both (or more) concepts.  Searching for influence AND nonverbal communication will only include books that have both influence and nonverbal communication in their contents.


(impression OR influence) AND nonverbal communication

Use OR between similar concepts.  Searching for (impression OR influence) AND nonverbal communication will find books that refer to impression and nonverbal communication, as well as influence and nonverbal communication.


"nonverbal communication"

Use quotation marks ( " " ) around specific phrases such as "nonverbal communication" to find more accurate results by finding results for words in that specific order.



Use an asterisk ( * ) to find multiple versions of one word.  Using glob* as a search term will include results that refer to globe, global, globalized, globalization.


4) In your list of results, check the menu on the left for ways to limit your results, such as by resource type or campus:

When you find a book in the library catalog, write down the book's Call Number. The call number is basically the book's address, and is what you will use to find the book on the shelf. (eBooks do not have call numbers. You will view them online.) Please click here to learn more about call numbers and finding books. 

Search for Books and eBooks


Here are a few places you can find eBooks; from off campus you will log in with your myNOVA username and password.  More information on downloading eBooks.

Textbooks on Reserve

Did you know that you can find some of your textbooks at the library? Stop by the Circulation Desk and see if your professor provided a copy for you to use.

A History of Narrative Film (below) is an informal textbook on reserve: not a required text for the class, but a recommended secondary text.

Open Educational Resources

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An open textbook is an openly-licensed textbook offered online by its author(s). The open license sets open textbooks apart from traditional textbooks by allowing users to read online, download, or print the book at no additional cost. Please check out the link here to get information about open educational resources including open textbooks.