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What You Need To Do First
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.
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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 Criticism
Academic Search Premier (EBSCO Databases)
Thousands of full-text general, education, medical, and business articles and documents. TO LIMIT TO SCHOLARLY ARTICLES CHECK THE "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" BOX.
How to Use Academic Search Premier (FCC Tutorial Video)
Academic Search Premier is usually consulted after a researcher has become informed about a particular topic. Scholarly materials can be found in this database.
Gale Literature Resource Center
Includes biographies and critical analyses of directors.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
At times likened to Wikipedia, GVRL is a great resource for finding definitions and descriptions in a wide array of subject encyclopedias written by subject authorities.
Includes scholarly journals in history, political science, sociology, math, statistics,and other arts, humanities, and social science fields.
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