Encyclopedias are a great place to start, because they give high quality summaries of information on a topic. Also try some of the General Journal Article Databases to do a quick, broad search.
The big search box on the libraries homepage will search through articles, books, films, and many other resources, which can also help you get started, or use the searchbox below.
In the library catalog, books, videos and other materials are assigned Library of Congress (LC) subject headings based on their content. Here is a sample list of film-related subject headings, some of which pertain equally to books and videos (visual materials). When you view catalog records in the Library Catalog, these subject headings display as active links pointing to other items with the same subject.
This is not an exhaustive list of subject headings pertinent to film and media studies, but it should give you a sense of commonly used vocabulary and how subject headings are structured.
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