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Use this guide to find scholarly resources—books, articles, background sources—as well as strategies for improving searches, evaluating web sources, and formatting citations.
For those new to writing on films, you might find useful this introduction to film analysis:
Use these selected sources to find background information on your topic.
Below are collections of online encyclopedias and dictionaries that cover many disciplines.
Use these selected databases to find articles on your topic.
Resources for Philosophy
Resources for Film & TV
Selected Multidisciplinary Databases
Books (print and electronic) can help you to get overviews on broad topics and to identify additional sources (among other things).
Keyword searching is often effective, especially if you utilize these tips. For example, you might search for "philosophy of film" as a phrase. However, different authors might use different terms to describe the same topic. To avoid this problem, you can use subject headings—standardized tags that group related sources—to find additional books on your topic. For example:
Check footnotes, endnotes, or bibliographies in relevant resources to find additional, older scholarship.
To find newer resources that cite your particular book or article, enter the title in Google Scholar and click on "cited by" link beneath the item's description. You can then refine your search further by adding keywords.
Searches on the Open Web can often return irrelevant or non-scholarly results; however, search engines can also be useful tools for discovering data, some scholarly sources, and related texts.
Some sample searches:
Links to some of the most important journals in film studies:
The links below point to brief informational guides for creating accurate citations. For more complete information, consult the original books at the library (see call numbers below) or contact a librarian.
Ref. Z 253.U69 2017
Ref. LB2369.G53 2016
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