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April / May 2004 Web News
  
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Favorite Web Sites: Movie Reviews

The web sites featured this month have been critically evaluated and selected by the IU Northwest librarians as well as a group of academic and public librarians across the United States who compile a yearly Best Free Reference Web Sites List  for the American Library Association  . Here is a list of selection criteria initially created by the MARS Best Free Web Sites Committee to choose these sites. The Library hopes our readers will find these web sites useful for locating reliable, accurate and authoritative information on the Internet.

The Movie Review Query Engine (MRQE) is a database of links to online reviews  (written by professionals and amateurs and drawn from hundreds of sources
including newspapers, magazines and fan sites) along with other articles  covering over 30,000 movies from all over the world. Users can search the MRQE
using all or part of a film's title or consult pre-compiled lists of films, including films featured at various festivals, the top 10 films at the U.S. Box Office, recent video releases, most reviewed titles, and Academy Award nominees. Although the lack of search capability by any field other than film title could be seen as a drawback, the MRQE does provide links wherever possible to the vast Internet Movie Database, (http://www.imdb.com/) selected for the MARS Best 1999 list. (RUSQ. Fall 1999) (Summary used with permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)

The database is a highly comprehensive and easy to use movie reference tool.  The core of the database is the over 2,250,000 filmographies covering some
180,000 movie titles and over 560,000 people. The hyperlinks within the  database make cross-referencing the following categories effortless: actors, directors, writers, composers, cinematographers, editors, production designers, costume designers, and producers. Award and biographical information is also readily available. (Summary used with permission of the MARS Best Free Websites Committee)

Rotten Tomatoes is an unique, alternative web site for locating objective movie reviews from all genres and time periods.  According to its web site, this web  resource features "more than 100,000 titles and 360,000 review links to its  ever-growing database." Rotten Tomatoes contains movie criticism and film  reviews from America's top print and online film critics. Movies are rated by using the Tomatometer(TM). Good films receive a "fresh" rating while bad ones  earn a "rotten" one. Although the main web page is a bit cluttered, it does contain a well placed search box and an easy to use quick navigation pull-down  menu. In addition to film reviews, the site also offers the latest information on top box office movies, video game and DVD/VHS movie rentals as well as  entertainment news.

Read About Past Events as They Actually Happened with the Historical New York Times

The IU Northwest Library recently started a subscription to the New York Times Historical Edition through an IU Libraries system-wide agreement with Proquest Historical Newspapers. The Historical New York Times provides users seeking electronic access to primary source information with:

  • Complete coverage from 1851-2001
  • Display and classified ads
  • Comics and cartoons
  • Photos, maps and graphics
  • Editorials and commentary
  • Literary criticism
  • In-depth coverage of politics and science

IU Northwest students, faculty and staff can use this database on campus or off campus through a VPN connection by going to the IU Northwest Library's Electronic Information Page and choosing the All Databases Listed Alphabetically link under the Electronic Resources heading. At the next screen, click on the New York Times (Historic) link. At the database's main menu, users can access articles/topics by keyword in basic or advanced search format or retrieve information by date or date range. If further help is needed, this resource features a Search Tips link.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online Joins the GaleNet Database Lineup

The Gale Group recently added Eighteenth Century Collections Online to its electronic database collection. This full-text web resource provides access to the digital images of all pages of 50,0000 books published in the 18th Century. A variety of materials are included in this digital collection from books, Bibles, tract books, broadsides and sermons to printed ephemera primarily from  Great Britain and the Americas. The major highlight of Eighteenth Century Collections Online is the complete works of 28 major 18th century writers including:

  • Henry Fielding
  • Edmund Burke
  • Alexander Pope
  • Thomas Paine
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Jonathan Swift

This comprehensive online tool also contains significant collections of 18th century women writers, texts on the French Revolution and numerous 18th century editions of William Shakespeare's works.

IU Northwest students, faculty and staff can access Eighteenth Century Collections Online by going to the IU Northwest Library's Electronic Information Page and choosing the All Databases Listed Alphabetically link under the Electronic Resources heading. At the next screen, click on the  Eighteenth Century Collections Online link. At the database's main menu, users can search for full-text materials through a basic keyword search and can also limit searches by year(s) of publication and/or subject area. In addition to keyword searching, one can browse by authors or specific works.

, Library News Web Editor