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Welcome to the Film Studies Research Guide!
This guide will help you to conduct serious scholarly research in film studies from beginning to end. Start by exploring in some encyclopedias and dictionaries and then use the tabs to navigate through finding scholarly articles and books, as well as web resources. And if you're considering a career or looking for some local film screenings, we've got some help for that, too.
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries: For Background Information
Start your research by using one of our subject-specific reference books or databases. Wikipedia, though an excellent resource for general information, can't always be relied upon and shouldn't be cited in scholarly research.
IMDB - Internet Movie Database
The best place on the Internet for synopses, cast and crew lists, links to reviews, production information, quotes, etc. Note that this site contains user-created content that is changeable, and is not a substitute for verifying the information on your own, or for the material in the library collection that's written by experts and carefully edited.
The Animated Film Encyclopedia by
Call Number: ebook
Publication Date: 2011
In the course of its rich history, cinematic animation has developed from silent monochrome images to sound-filled shorts that ran theatrically with newsreels and adventure serials, and ultimately to prestigious feature films like Disney's Fantasia. This second edition of The Animated Film Encyclopedia: 1900-1979 (McFarland, 2000) is a comprehensive listing of theatrical animated cartoons through the end of the 20th century, as well as significant animated sequences in live-action films.
The Encyclopedia of Novels into Film, 2nd ed. by
Call Number: Reference 791.436 T432 2005
Publication Date: 2005
Alphabetically arranged entries for film adaptations provide the date of release, the production company, and the director and screenwriter, and discusses the plot of each film.
The Encyclopedia of Superheroes on Film and Television by
Call Number: Reference 791.43652 M896
Publication Date: 2004
Contains alphabetically arranged entries on the superheroes of film and television, providing information on cast and credits, a format guide, episode descriptions, cross references, and commentary.
Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film by
Call Number: Reference 070.18 EN19
Publication Date: 2006
Published in 2006, this 3 volume encyclopedia provides information on documentary films and filmmakers from around the world.
The Film Encyclopedia by
Call Number: Reference 791.4303 K159
Publication Date: 1994
Contains over 7,000 entries on directors, producers, stars, screenwriters and cinematographers; studios and film centers; styles, genres and schools; organizations and events, and; industry jargon and technical terms.