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Film Studies: Getting Started


This guide will introduce you to major resources in film research. Please contact me at any time for research help.

To access online resources from off-campus, use the GALILEO password that's in your library account.

Dickson Film

W.J.L. Dickson Experimental Film using Edison's Kinetoscope in the Library of Congress

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Use reference sources for background information such as biographies, plot summaries, studio histories, technical definitions, and explanations of genre and theory.

This is a selection of print reference works in film; many more can be found in the Main Library Reference stacks or through GIL-Find. See below for ebooks.

Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts
Susan Hayward

Critical Dictionary of Film and Television Theory
Roberta E. Pearson, et al., eds.
1st floor Ref PN1993.45 .C75 2001

International Dictionary of Broadcasting and Film
Desi K. Bognar

Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film
Barry Keith Grant
1st floor Ref PN1993.45 .G65 2007

Encyclopedia of Early Cinema
Richard Abel, ed.
1st floor Ref PN1993.45 .E53 2005

American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the U.S., 1893-1970
1st floor Ref PN1998 .A57

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