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ENGL 226: Film as Literature: Getting Started

What You Need To Do First

Watch Your Film & Read Your Literature

  • Your best understanding of your film and related literature comes from your own watching, reading and thinking

  • Critical sources are intended to assist your own analysis.

  • You will be able to use critical sources much more effectively after you have acquired personal knowledge of the works.

Identify Your Search Terms

Usually when doing film research the best (but not the only) search terms to use are:

  • Title of the work
  • Director's name
  • Other films by the director
  • Film movements and theories may also yield good search results depending on your topic and assignment.

When doing Literature Research the best (but not the only) search terms to use are:

  • Title of the Work
  • Author’s Name
  • Other works by the author
  • Literary movements and theories may also yield good search results depending on your topic and assignment.

Need Help?

The physical Learning Commons is closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the College transitioning to online instruction. Library and Tutoring services are still available digitally.

  • Search our FAQs or contact us if you need help with research. 
  • Tutoring is available online through your Blackboard Course. More information can be found at our Online Tutoring Page.
  • If you need help finding access to computers and/or the internet, send an email to or call 301-846-2469.

Find Background and Overviews of Your Work

Find biographical and critical information on directors and authors, subjects, and works of film or literature in these databases:

Best Databases for Film & Literary Criticism

Film Analysis Websites

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