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Film Studies

Resources for research in film studies

Searching the Library

Once you've developed a solid foundation of knowledge about your topic, and identified the question you want to explore, you're ready to start digging a little deeper into sources. This is where articles and monographs come into your research process. 

The library provides access to thousands of resources from reputable publishers and scholars. But searching library resources requires some slightly different skills from searching Google. 

OneSearch is the main library search engine. It includes resources from every subject area in all formats and all types of resources: books, articles, journals, DVDs, albums, streaming media, reports, newspapers...and because it contains so much information, it can be daunting. 

Some key things to be aware of when searching OneSearch: 

  • Pay attention to the Resource Type in search results. Each search result tells you what kind of thing it is, whether it's an article, book, review, video, journal, etc. 
  • If you're looking for something specific, Advanced Search will let you search by Title, Author, Publisher, Subject and more specific fields, to narrow down the results you'll get. It will also let you specify whether you're looking for a book, journal, article, or audio visual material.