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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

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 Criticism

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