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FYS Berlin on Film


Welcome to the class research guide for FYS Berlin on Film with Dr. Cagle. You will find links to recommended information resources for this class.

You can find information on citing with the MLA style format at Snowden's Online Citation Station or at the in-person station on the first floor of the library. Librarians are also happy to help you with citing!


East German Cinema Book Cover
Mothers, Comrades, and Outcasts in East German Women's Films Book Cover
Behind the Berlin Wall: East Germany and the frontiers of power Book Cover
Amnesiopolis : modernity, space, and memory in East Germany Book Cover
DEFA at the Crossroads of East German and International Film Culture Book Cover
Gender and Sexuality in East German Film Book Cover
The Triumph of the Ordinary: Depictions of Daily Life in the East German Cinema, 1949-1989 Book Cover
Politics of the Self: Feminism and the Postmodern in West German Literature and Film Book Cover
The New German Cinema Book Cover


Web Resources


What is the SIFT method?

The SIFT method was created by Mike Caulfield to help you determine if sources are credible. It is a mnemonic device that stands for Stop, Investigate the source, Find better coverage, Trace claims, quotes, and media back to their original context.

All SIFT information on this page is adapted from Mike Caulfield's materials with a CC BY 4.0 license.

The SIFT Method

The SIFT Method
  • Stop: When encountering content from a source you do not already trust, stop yourself from clicking on it and immediately believing it. Stop before you act (retweet, use in your work, etc.) on a strong emotional response to a headline.
  • Investigate the source: Who is behind the information and what is their purpose and perspective? What is their reputation? What do other sources say about the creator/publisher/organization?
  • Find better coverage: Is the content covered by other trusted sources? Do experts agree with the coverage?
  • Trace the claims, quotes and media to their original source: Use image reverse searching to find the original context. Watch the full videos from which extracts are taken. Take notice of the caption presented with the media; is it misrepresenting it? Follow cited sources if you can find them.