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Film, Television, and Digital Media: General Research

This guide will offer you hints on how to search for the best criticism, theory, and practical knowledge in the media industry.

Search Strategies

AND to look for two terms at the same time: Kazan AND criticism--will locate resources containing both terms.

OR to search for closely related terms: Gender OR Woman will look for both, but they do not have to be present in the same resource (this gives you more options)

Use * (shift 8) in or at the end of a word that may vary: Instead of woman use wom*n (this will include woman and women) or nation* (which would look up national, nationality, nationhood, and nationalism!).

Quotes when looking for a phrase: "mass media" or "national identity"

Criticism or History or Interpretation are great search terms for film criticism and analysis

For most databases, start with a simple search, using 2 or 3 terms.

"Don't invent the wheel if someone hands you the keys to a Porshe!"--Rely on the subject headings from an indexed article or the bibliography or work cited page from an article or book to find other sources.


Most books on film, television, and media are located in P call number range on the first floor of the library. Here is a general call number range to help you:

PN1990 to PN1993
Radio and television broadcasts

PN1993 to PN1995
Motion Pictures

►Books about film adaptations may be in the P section where the author is located.

Film Research Databases

The following databases are the most promising when it comes to doing research on particular works, genres, or historical periods film and radio.

*The first three are your best bets!

Humanities & Theatre

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