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Film Studies (Alexandria)

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Encyclopedias and Other Starting Points

To develop a general topic into a specific research question, explore some of the encyclopedias and other sources below to get ideas and inspiration. 
Some of the things you can look for include: genre, style, characters, themes, historical or cultural context, influences, or form.

   For the Library Catalog search below, to make sure you JUST get encyclopedia/reference articles:

  • Click the EVERYTHING button.
  • Type the name of your film, genre, director, historical event, or other general topic related to film/a specific film.
  • On your page of results, use the filters on the left to limit to Resource Type - Reference Entries.

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