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ME2V15005 Intermedialiteit: Module 2: Searching literature: explore your topic

LibGuide for the course Intermedialiteit (ME2V15005)

2.1 Using WorldCat: search term ‘intermediality’

 

Read

Read  ‘1.Explore your topic’ to find out how you can use the Utrecht University entrance to WorldCat to find out what has been published about a certain topic.

To do

  • Go to the Utrecht University entrance to WorldCat.
  • Use the search term ‘intermediality’ to look for publications.
  • Search via ‘titles’ only

Questions

  • How many hits with the search term ‘intermediality’?
  • Does the word ‘intermediality’ feature in all hits? If not, how do you think it is possible these hits appear in the results?
  • What is the oldest publication? What is the most recent? Is there a specific time period that shows an increase in publications about the topic?
  • In what fields/disciplines can the publications be located?

2.2 Using WorldCat: how to ‘truncate’ your search term?

Listen

First listen to the classical instruction how and why to ‘truncate’ and to use search terms in a clever way

To do

  • Use the search term ‘intermedia*’
    How many hits do you get?
  • Use the search term ‘intermedial*’
    How many hits do you get?

Reflection

Take a look at the hits for ‘intermedial*’

  • Are there publications that have nothing to do with intermediality in relation to media and culture?
  • Looking at the titles, what sub-themes in the larger context of intermediality can you distinguish?
  • If the title doesn’t provide you with enough information on how intermediality is addressed in this publication, click on the hit to see if a more detailed description of the publication is available

2.3 Choosing a question

Choose a question within the larger theme of ‘intermediality’. Either pick one of the questions from the list below, or develop your own relevant question (first discuss the viability of this question with your teacher)

 

List of questions

  • What role did technology play in the movements of the historical avant-garde?
  • What is the effect of the use of (live) video in theatre on how theatre can (re)present stories and address its audience?
  • What is the effect of headphones in ‘audio theatre’ on how it can (re)present stories and address its audience?
  • What role does sound play in how film can (re)present stories and address its audience?
  • What is the effect of the use of VR on how theatre can (re)present stories and address its audience?
  • What is the effect of the use of VR on how film can (re)present stories and address its audience?
  • What is the effect of the use of Computer Generated Performers (virtual actors) on the production of film?
  • What is the effect of transmedia storytelling on how we produce, perceive and share stories?
  • What is the effect of the use of location-based technologies (e.g. GPS) on how Location Based Mobile Games can (re)present stories and address its players?
  • How do sound, text and image work together and influence each other in opera?
  • To what extent was early cinema influenced by theatre?
  • What remains, what gets lost and what is transformed when a comic book is adapted to a movie?

2.4 Select literature and import in Zotero

To do

Use the filter 'year' in the left side menu of WorldCat to select only publications from 2007 and up. From this list only select those publications that you think are relevant for your group’s question. Import the selection in Zotero

NB. It might well be that no hit is relevant for your question, because the term 'intermediality' is not used in that specific context. No need to worry!

Create a group in Zotero. Check on ‘0.Reference management (using Zotero)’ how to do this.
NOTE Don’t forget to give your working group teacher access to your group. Use his/her Zotero account name to add him/her to the group.

 

Learning goal week 2

Learning how to make a provisional mapping of academic publications on the topic of ‘intermediality’. This entails answering the following questions:

  • In which fields of expertise and disciplines do authors publish about intermediality?
  • What is the most recent book about intermediality; what is the oldest one; are there time periods that show an increase or decrease in publications?
  • Which publications about intermediality have a focus on media and culture?
  • Based on the titles, what sub-themes can be distinguished within the larger context of intermediality