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Film Studies Research Guide: In-Depth Research Guides

A guide to conducting research in Film Studies at Yale University, including key resources and crucial search strategies.

In-Depth Research Guides

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This subject guide provides information on resources at Yale and some basic guidance in conducting research in Film Studies.  However, there are several book-length guides and lists of resources that go into much greater depth on research methods and resources.  They are especially valuable to graduate students and faculty conducting specialized research.


See also Bibliographies & Filmographies.



Selected In-Depth Research Guides


Film and television: a guide to the reference literature. Mark Emmons. Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.

SML Reference, Z5784.M9 E47X 2006 (LC)

This is a great starting point for major research. It's an extremely comprehensive bibliography of the entire scope of reference material for Film Studies, including lists of indexes, bibliographies, filmographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, materials on specific countries/regions, genres, studios, portrayals of social groups, filmmakers, screenplays, the industry and the audience.  All entries are annotated.

Film Researcher's Handbook: A Guide to Sources in North America, South America, Asia, Australasia and Africa. London; New York: Routledge, 1996.

SML, Reference Z5784 M9 F553 1996 (LC)

On the Screen: A Film Television and Video Research Guide. Fisher, Kim N. Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1986.

SML, Reference Z5784 M9 F535 1986 (LC)

The Oxford guide to film studies. Ed. John Hill and Pamela Church Gibson. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

SML Reference, PN1995 O93 1998

Short essays on aspects of film (such as the text, acting, music), critical approaches (e.g., semiotics, psychoanalysis, post-structuralism, feminism), and history (American, European, world).

Sources for the History of Film, Television and Theatre. Great Britain. National Register of Archives Information Sheet No. 7.

Sources for the history of film, television and theater.


Director, Film Study Center