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FILM 236: Media and Cultural Studies

Finding Books

Search Omni to find books, journals, videos and other materials owned by the Library.  You can search by keywords, author, title or subject headings.
To find a specific known item, search by title or author.  To find books on a topic, either try a subject or keyword search.

Subject Headings versus Keyword Searching

Subject headings allow you to search for resources on a particular author or topic and are often more productive than keyword searches. 

Keyword searches work best if you have multiple concepts or topics and need only a few books. 

For a comprehensive subject search, search with subject headings as well as keywords.

Searching Omni

Start with a keyword search, but expect to revise it. 

Keyword Searching TIPS

Search Technique  

What It Does

quotation marks

Searches for exact phrase

Truncation *

Searches for all forms of a word

Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)

Lets you broaden or narrow your search


Keyword Searching

Use a keyword search if you have multiple concepts or topics. Browse your results to find the assigned subject headings in order to find more books on your topic.  
Think of the focus (or key) words that describe your topic. For example, use the keyword boolean search "new media" and place words in quotes, so more relevant results will be retrieved:
"new media"AND culture
Select useful titles and look at the full record for subject headings. Use them to provide more keyword ideas or as individual searches themselves.

Subject Searching

Subject headings allow you to search Omni for resources on a particular topic and are often more productive that keyword searches.
Use the following subject headings to help you find relevant items. You can also use these terms when searching for articles in the journal databases.
Communication and culture
Digital divide
Digital media Social aspects
Facebook (Electronic resources)
Interactive multimedia
Internet Social aspects
Mass media
Mass media Political aspects
Mass Media Social aspects
Mass media and culture
Press and propaganda
Social networks
Television and propaganda
YouTube (Electronic resources)
Virtual reality

Browsing the Library Shelves

Browsing the library shelves is another strategy for locating information on a topic. 
Most books related to Film  and Media Studies are located in the call number range PN1990 - PN1999 on the 4th floor of Stauffer Library. Other call numbers of interest:
Sociology HM - HT
Cultural Sociology HM 621
Digital media HM 851
Media and Society HM 1206

Getting Started


HM742 .S6281963 2014

Scholarly handbooks like this are a good place to learn about the major questions and state of scholarly research around a particular topic

Selected Titles


It's Show Time: Media, Politics and Popular Culture
P94.65.U6 I88 2000 

Media & Cultural Theory
P94.6 .M4 2006

Media Studies Reader
P91.25 .M3755 2013

Public modalities : Rhetoric, Culture, Media, and the Shape of Public Life
JA75.7 .P83 2010