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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.
Bess & Frank Gladhill Learning Commons Hours and Location
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
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 editorially reviewed critical analyses, essays, director biographies, and brief plot summaries of works of film.
Includes scholarly journals in history, political science, sociology, math, statistics,and other arts, humanities, and social science fields.
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