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Film & Media Studies Resources: Finding Books

Best practices in film analysis and research resources in Film and Media Studies.

Searching for Books

You can find books in Summon by typing in a title, author, or topic, then using the limiters next to your search results to narrow your results to just books. The video below shows great tips for using Summon.

The BGSU Library Catalog can also be used to find books. This is sometimes a better way to search for books by topic, because

  • Summon searches for books AND articles at the same time (though you can limit a Summon search to books)
  • the catalog takes advantage of subject headings
  • the catalog searches the tables of contents of most of our books. These are not necessarily listed in Summon.

Film reference books

Just a few to try.  Search for "film" and "encyclopedias" or "film" in main reference for more options.

Basics for film & media studies

Other library catalogs

Use OhioLINK to search for books at other Ohio libraries, or find books in libraries all over the world with WorldCat.

OhioLINK library catalog

Finding Scripts in the BPCL

Try the above search to find scripts in the Pop Culture Library.

All scripts in the Browne Popular Culture Library cannot be checked out, but...they are always here when you need them!

Biographical information

Biography Reference Bank is an EBSCO database that pulls together profiles and interviews from magazines and newspapers alongside substantial full-text biographies from the reference work Current Biography. Just search by name or keyword!

Media Studies Reference Books

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