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FMA 1172: Introduction to Film Analysis

A guide intended to assist students with the research skills assignment in this course.

Best Bet

Search Film & Television Literature Index and MLA International Bibliography using a variety of keywords.  Use keywords including director or film title, but also search for formal and ideological concepts, genre, etc.  Limit your search to "academic" and / or "peer reviewed" results.  Here is an example:


Screen image of a search in Film and Television Literature Index



Search these Best Bet Databases for Articles on Film and Media Arts Topics

These are your best-bet databases to use to search for articles on film and media studies topics.

Other Useful Disciplinary Databases

These databases provide results focused on the literature of a discipline, profession, or specialized area of study that my be related to or have interest in film and media arts.  Many different academic disciplines are likely to have produced articles on your topic.

Scholarly, Popular, Trade? What's in a name? (short)

Different types of publications have different purposes and different audiences. When we talk about journals, we can usually divide these publications into three broad categories: scholarly, popular, and trade publications.
Journal Types
Popular, Scholarly, Trade?  What's in a Name? Scholarly Journals Popular Journals Trade Journals
Purpose Informs and reports on original research done by scholars and experts in the field. Entertains and informs a general audience without providing in-depth analysis. Reports on industry trends and new products or techniques useful to people in a trade or business.
Authors Articles are written by subject specialists and experts in the field. Articles are written by journalists, freelance writers, or an editorial staff. Articles are written by specialists in a certain field or industry.
Audience Intended for a limited audience - researchers, scholars, and experts. Intended for a broad segment of the population, appealing to non-specialists. Intended for practitioners in a particular profession, business, or industry.