This page contains resources for the Spring 2016 FRE 3970 research seminar.

Scholarly Sources

It is important that the materials you use for projects in this class are scholarly sources. These are quite different from the sorts of materials you might find by searching on Google or Wikipedia. In particular, scholarly sources ...

  • Are written by credentialed experts in their field
  • Are peer-reviewed, meaning they have been reviewed by two or more other credentialed experts
  • Are published by respected university presses or other academic presses
  • Contain references to other relevant literature in the field
  • Utilize the formal language or jargon of the discipline


Reference Materials

Reference articles can be a useful way to begin doing research on a given topic. Not only do they provide an expert overview, they also contain carefully selected references to further reading.

The Oxford Handbook of Film and Media Studies. This online reference contains articles about topics of debate in film and media studies, including the question of realism, the function of narrative, and film's relation to culture.

Cinema Studies: The Key Concepts. An overview of major figures, styles, and concepts in film.

The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film. This resource is focused on the philosophy of film, but contains many articles relevant to film theory and practice.



Use the library's catalog to find books on film and film theory. Remember to try multiple search terms that may describe the same topic (e.g., "film" and "cinema"). Most of the library's film books are in the PN1993 - PN1995 call number range, located on the fourth floor of Falvey Main.

Books at other library's can be found and requested by searching WorldCat. Most books requested from nearby libraries will arrive in a matter of days. If you plan on using books from interlibrary loan, be sure to leave enough time in your research process for them to arrive.


Journal Finder

If you have the reference for a journal article and would like to find it, use the library's Journal Finder. You'll need the title of the article, the name of the journal, and the year the article was published. You can also find a link to the Journal Finder on the lower left side of the library's homepage.


General Databases

Arts and Humanities Citation Index contains records for a large number of highly regarded humanities journals.

JSTOR is a vast full-text database containing journals in all disciplines, as well as e-books. Most journal content in JSTOR is five years old or older.


Film-Oriented Databases

MLA International Bibliography contains records for journals, books, and reference works in a number of fields related to language and literature, including film studies.

Communication & Mass Media Complete covers media and communication journals generally, including a fair amount of content related to film.

Film & Television Literature Index is a more focused resource for film and television studies, including film theory, production, reviews, and more.


Francophone Journals provides access to a number of arts-related journals in French, including the cinema journal Vertigo. Other journals contain articles related to film.

French XX Bibliography is an annual listing of research on French literature. However, each volume contains a section on cinema, broken down by director. The series is shelved on the fourth floor at PQ305 .F73.


Citing Sources

The Chicago Manual of Style is a widely used citation style in the humanities and social sciences. Their online guide shows how to format in-text and bibliographic citations in Chicago Style. Their quick guide provides examples of citations for the most commonly used material types.