Library Research Guide
Consulting a scholarly encyclopedia or dictionary can streamline your research and save you time. They:
Find encyclopedias or dictionaries by searching Search It or WorldCat Discovery for your film related topic and adding the term encyclopedia, dictionary, or companion to your search. For example:
If you cannot find an encyclopedia or dictionary on your topic, try one of the broader academic encyclopedias on film, cinema, or media. Below are some examples.
These databases include scholarly journals that cover films and other performing arts.
Can't find an article about a film released in the last two years? That's normal. It can take about two years for scholarly articles to make it through the research and publication process.
Instead, look for scholarly articles about:
Combine those articles with quality reviews and popular criticism of the film, plus your analysis.
K-State Libraries subscribes to or has access to film studies journals through our databases. Below is a sample of some titles. Follow the links for information abut the dates/issues we have and how to access them.
This is not a comprehensive list, so you will also need to search using the databases indicated above.
You can locate film journals using Search It to search for a specific title. These subject headings are also commonly assigned to film journals:
Books explore film topics such as:
You might need to read the whole book occasionally, but many scholarly books are organized into chapters on discrete topics. This means you may only need to read:
Search for books that K-State Libraries owns using Search It.
Search for any books published on your topic using WorldCat Discovery.
If K-State Libraries does not own the book you need, request the whole book or chapters using Interlibrary Loan.
Use Search It to find books owned by K-State Libraries.
Enter title, author, or keywords in the Search It box on the Libraries home page.
Click the K-State Libraries only option on the search results page to only see items owned by K-State.
If we own the title, Search it will tell you where it is and how you can find it.
In both Search It and WorldCat, use broad search terms like the author, title of the work, or genre. They do not search the full text of a book, just information about the book.