Use this guide when researching a person (for example, a director, actor, or cinematographer) involved in the making of a film. See the other tabs on the guide for researching other topics in Film Studies.
1: Choose a Person to Study
Browsing a list of films a person has been involved in is a great way to choose who you want to research.
This online journal keeps a database of great directors, and includes a brief introduction and beginning bibliography for each one.
Take advantage of the work of an expert in deciding on articles and books you want to use for your research. Collect a list of likely resources and continue on to the next step on this guide, which will show you how to locate the articles and books.
This catalog searches the books held at the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City campus libraries, the eBooks available to Kirkwood students online through EBSCOhost, and articles available through Library subscriptions. It's also an index to books and articles available outside of Kirkwood through Interlibrary Loan. **SEARCH TIP** The term "motions pictures" is sometimes used instead of "film" when searching Library databases. Try both when searching for books and articles.
Use Kirkwood Library's specialized resources to search for articles and books on your topic, and to locate articles and books referenced in a bibliography.