Lets use the ALFRED HITCHCOCK film VERTIGO for an example.
First check Roger (the UCSD Libraries on-line catalog) to see if the Film & Video Library owns the film. You are looking for VERTIGO [videorecording]. You can either use scoped Roger (limited by collection), or regular Roger (the entire catalog) for a title search. A title search - VERTIGO in regular Roger will retrieve everything with VERTIGO as the first word in the title. In this particular case the 1st item in the list retrieved is VERTIGO ( 8 entries ). Click on and you will get the film. In scoped Roger (limited to the FVL) your title search - VERTIGO will be automatically narrowed to the 8 entries.
If you want to retrieve a list of all the Hitchcock films the FVL owns do an Author (director) search.
In general when you are looking for the film or video only, it is better to use scoped Roger.
You can view the film (vhs,dvd or laser disc) at the FVL.
On either VERTIGO and or ALFRED HITCHCOCK
Roger (UCSD Library catalog)
Can't find it at UCSD try;
Circuit (Library catalogs for UCSD, SDSU, USD, & CSUSM. 24 hour wait.)
MELVYL/CDL (UC system-wide catalog)
At CDL menu you will see - choose a database, select MELVYL catalog
On VERTIGO and or ALFRED HITCHCOCK
You will want to change from Roger to CDL. CDL includes MELVYL the UC system's on-line library catalog and a collection of UC licensed databases. You will use the same basic search strategies as you use in Roger. At the CDL menu page you will see Choose a database.
Three helpful (among many) databases for this subject are;
Expanded Academic ASAP (CDL's UC licensed database)
ArtAbstract (CDL's UC licensed database)
Film Literature Index (CDL UC licensed database)
You can search the citations or browse by subject headings, browse by person names, browse by production titles, or browse by corporate names.