A guide intended to assist students with the research skills assignment in this course.
1. Search by film title if you are looking for a specific film.
2. Type in actors, subjects, or title words if you aren't sure of a film.
- Choose a film screened for class.
- Note the genre, national cinema, historical period, stars, and ideologies that you can identify for your film.
- Come up with a clear, strong theseis statement for an argument. See 5 Tips for Writing and Effective Thesis Statement and other tips for developing a thesis.
- Think about what kinds of claims and evidence you may want to respond to and incorporate.
- Conduct some research:
- Find an online scholarly article/essay/chapter.
- Find a print scholarly article or book chapter. Keep a photocopy of it.
- Find a popular press review of the film.
- Revise your search, broadening and narrowing as needed, trying multiple resources.
- For each of your three chosen sources explain what it is (scholarly, review..) and why you think so.
- Write sentence or two summarizing the argument of the source in your own words and explaining whether or not you agree with it, how you do or don't find it useful for your purpose, as well as points of disagreement.
- State how this source will help you provide evidence in making your argument.