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FILM 101: Getting Started

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.

Film Analysis Websites

Bess & Frank Gladhill Learning Commons Hours and Location


Gladhill Learning Commons
2nd Floor, Linganore Hall
Hours and Special Closings


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

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