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Film Studies: Overview


Welcome to the guide for film studies and history. Here you will find information about films and how to study them critically, as well as the resources that are most likely to meet your research needs. For information about sites that provide free access to films, see the Video Resources guide. For the Liberal Arts guide, click HERE.

Television, China by Eve Arnold, 1979

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Reference Sources (Encyclopedias, Dictionaries):

  • Basic overview of subject 
  • Quick lookup of factual information
  • Recommendations for more in-depth information  


  • In-depth research 
  • Analysis of an issue's context
  • Historical information  


  • Narrowly focused analysis
  • Detailed findings from individual studies
  • Current information on a topic

Images and Videos:

  • Visual learning option
  • Technology instruction
  • Curated image collections provide high-quality images for research
College for Creative Studies website