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CMNS 133 VFX and Animation: Get Started

Here's a worksheet to get you started working with the resources available in this guide and through the Library.

Other Guides of Interest

Browse the Shelves

Browse these locations on the Library 2F shelves:

NC1765-1766
History of Animation

PN 1560 - PN 1590
Peforming Arts including Film & Motion Picture Production

PN 2000 - PN 2053
Film & Motion Picture Production Production and Direction

PN 2101 - PN 3307
History of the Film & Motion Picture Production

T385
Computer graphics

TR 858
Trick cinematography. Special effects

TR 897
How to make animated film & video

TR897.7
Computer animation

 

Reference Resources

Credo Online Reference

How to Start Your Research Assignment

What do you have to do to successfully complete this assignment? How long will each step take you?

Make a list of the tasks you need to accomplish. Set a schedule to finish each task. Put the schedule into your calendar.

Is your topic the right size? Most students choose a topic that is too large. Doing some presearch on your topic can help you get the big picture and understand what narrower topics are available.

Reference resources help you get started on a new topic, answer quick questions, and/or point you to further resources. Examples of reference resources include:
Almanacs - Atlases - Dictionaries - Encyclopedias - Handbooks - Indexes - Thesauri

Wikipedia is a crowd-sourced encyclopedia. Credo Reference is a collection of all of the above.

What questions will you need to answer to write about your topic? What information will you need to find to support your argument?

Make a list to help guide your research.

 

It's true - keywords are the key to success when it comes to research. Generating a list of keywords before you start searching - and adding to the list as you go - will make you an efficient, effective searcher. If you can't find what your looking for, it's probably due to bad keywords. 

  1. Write down your topic.
  2. Identify which of the words you've written can be used as keywords. Hint: pick only ones with meaning directly connected to your topic. Ex. Are safe-injection sites good for Vancouver
  3. Brainstorm synonyms, broader & narrower and related words. Ex. safe-injection sites = Insite, needle exchanges; Vancouver = Lower Mainland, Canada, BC, British Columbia, Fraser Health

 

What kind of resources are you able to use for this assignment?  Where can you find these kinds of resources?

  • academic vs popular
  • primary vs secondary
  • media 
  • reports and data
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