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FILM 335: Culture and Technology

Why Consult a Reference Resource?

Reference resources are a great place to begin your research.  They can help you define terms as well as find overviews of topics and theories and identify keywords or alternate terms for database searching.

There are many different types of reference sources, which include dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, bibliographies, handbooks, style manuals to name a few. The following list of titles is not an exhaustive but featured list of resources to consult.

Encyclopedia of Communication Theory

Encyclopedia of Communication and Information

Encyclopedia of Media and Communication

Communication, Cultural and Media Studies: the Key Concepts

Encyclopedia of New Media: an Essential Reference to Communication and Technology
REF QA76.575 .E5368 2003 (Stauffer Library)

Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media

The Handbook of Media Audiences
P96.A83 H35 2011 (Stauffer Library)

Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies

Oxford Research Encyclopedia: Communication

21st Century Communication


Oxford Bibliographies provides peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies on film history, television studies, media studies, critical theory, visual arts, cultural studies, digital culture, game studies, popular culture and the study of the moving image. 

Bibliographies are browseable by subject area and keyword searchable.

Take a look at the following subject guides:

  • Cinema and Media Studies
  • Communication
    Includes articles on Social Media, Web 2.0, Visual Communication and many more. .