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FILM 340: Advertising and Consumer Culture

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 Media and Communication

Encyclopedia of Social Movement Media

Oxford Reference Online: Media Studies

21st Century Communication : a Reference Handbook

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. There are guides on Cinema and Media Studies and Communication and essays on Advertising and Consumer Culture with a section on Advertising.