Library course for new Screen Cultures students

In this course, you will get a tour of the library and an introduction to how you search, find, access, evaluate, and manage the literature you need to do your best work. 

Overview of the session:

Welcome and introduction of who and where we all are!

  • Brief video tour of the library with a focus of the media studies collections, study spaces and colloquium rooms, where you can get IT-support, and how to use the printers.
  • Literature searches:
    • finding and accessing literature (you need to log on with your UiO username and password both in Leganto and in Oria to get full access to all our resources and services. If you need help logging on, send me an email. You can also see instructions in our recorded Zoom meeting.)
    • evaluating your literature (is it academic, sound, reliable, relevant?)
    • managing your literature in Oria (and/or Endnote)

Searching for literature:

Go to the University of Oslo Library webpage (, scroll down to Oria, click on the Oria button to search in Oria, log on with your UiO username and password in the top right corner where you can also select to change to English language.

ORIA: Oria is a discovery tool/search engine that allows you to search the library’s resources (i.e. material and databases that we have paid for), such as books, articles, magazines, music, movies, online resources etc. There are three different scopes: Material at the UiO Library, Material in all Norwegian academic libraries, and UB digital, which contains only digital material. For broadest hits, select to search in all Norwegian academic libraries. We can order material for you from all Norwegian academic libraries. We can also order material from libraries abroad. Send me book requests if there are books you can’t find in Oria, but would like for us to have.

In Oria, click on “Advanced search” for best search functionality and more options to tweak your search. I recommend starting by searching broadly for more hits, then tweaking your findings with more keywords and facets in the the right hand menu (see demonstration in recorded Zoom meeting).

Doing advanced searches:

As I demonstrate in the Zoom video from our meeting: search by subject words/keywords (in Norwegian and English), combine and truncate search terms (using asterisks *), search exact phrase in quotation marks (e.g. “global warming”), tweak hits using filters such as sorting by language, year of publication, form of material, and/or other facets in the right hand menu.

Combine keywords with Boolean terms (AND, OR, NOT). These need to be capitalized.

screen* AND (film OR television) AND women
“screen culture” AND (film OR television)
(“movie* OR film*) AND censorship AND pandemic*
“binge watching” AND (gender* OR women)

Library help page for advanced searches

Access literature online, on the shelf in our library, through interlibrary borrowing, or suggest a purchase.

Using the library's databases:

Oria is an excellent resource, but will not bring up all the results that match your search due to competition between the different contractors/providers we subscribe to (spelled out: the provider of Oria competes with some of the providers of the databases we subscribe to, and will therefore not harvest and show hits from them).

I have made a subject page for Media studies with the most relevant resources for your studies, including the most relevant databases.

You will find the most relevant databases (“Selected resources”) right below the link to search in Oria.

Or find relevant databases for media studies here.

You can also search in relevant journals: e.g. Norsk medietidsskrift and PMLA.

On the subject page for Media studies, scroll down until you see the category “Journals” where you will find relevant journals on level 2 (highest) and 1 (also very good).


On this page you will find information on how to find and access electronic articles (including those we do not have access to).


You can also get access to digitized books, journals, newspapers, and more in the National Library’s online collection. Visit and click to log on. Select Feide as your log on preference and sign in with your UiO username and password.

Open access archives:

  • DUO: (University of Oslo). DUO is the online research archive for master theses and more. This is where you eventually will submit and publish your completed thesis. Note: do NOT select “Restricted access” when publishing your thesis, but allow “Open access.” This is UiO policy.
  • NORA: Online research archive for all Norwegian institutions in higher education.

Evaluating your findings:

For articles: is it peer reviewed?

For books: is it published by a specialist in the field? By a reputable publisher? Is it based on solid research? Is it academic, sound, reliable, relevant? Learn more about evaluating the credibility and quality of literature at Search & Write

Managing your findings:

When you are logged on in Oria, you can save good searches (i.e. a search strategy with a string of keywords that results in the most productive and relevant amount of hits) and finesse the search and look through the findings of this search later. Click to save query (look for the pin at the top of your search results list) and you will then find this saved search later on in your favorites (click on the pin next to your logged on initials in the top right corner). You can also create folders in your favorites to organize hits according to different topics.

Finally a few words on this…:

Google vs. library search engine (Oria):

  • Neither Google nor Google Scholar fetches results from our library’s search engine.
  • Google searches the web; Google Scholar indexes a wide range of scholarly literature, but the content is not organized by experts, and there is no option to search by subject area and filters are very limited; the library’s search engine/discovery tool Oria and the library’s databases we subscribe to search the library’s resources and specialized academic databases organized and maintained by subject experts. Searching by subject area is essential when writing a literature review.
  • Using the library’s search engine and the library’s databases lets you narrow findings to peer reviewed scholarly research based material and gives you full-text access to digitized material (books and articles).

That said, not saying never use Google:

Found a book that looks interesting that you want to find out more about? Google it, perhaps you find it in Amazon where you can often get a preview of the table of contents and some pages.

Publisert 22. aug. 2020 18:41 - Sist endret 17. aug. 2022 09:38