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FILM 206: Research & Writing Methods

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.

Selected dictionaries include:

 
Critical Dictionary of Film and Television Theory
This dictionary "explains the major theoretical approaches and definitions in the study of screen media. Entries range from longer overview essays to shorter definitions of key concepts and introductions to major influential figures.
 
 

For more resources, check out the links located under the Film & Media > Reference Resources page for information about these individual resource-types.

 

 

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 guide:

♦ Cinema and Media Studies