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Film and Media Studies

This guide provides an introduction to resources that support research in film and media studies, primarily through a humanities lens. It includes links and tools for articles, books, films, dissertations, and more!

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Research Resources



Oxford Handbook of Film and Media Studies* ONLINE

This handbook provides a single-volume source of original scholarship on the intersection of film and media studies. Example articles that will help you for this course might be: Dreaming with Open Eyes: Latin American Media in the Digital Age or even The Globalization of Filmmaking in Latin America and the Middle East.

Oxford Handbook of Queer Cinema* ONLINE

This handbook encompasses more than a century of filmmaking, film criticism and film reception, looking at the ways in which the idea of 'queer cinema' has expanded as a descriptor for a global arts practice. Example chapter that could be of interest: Tracing Lesbian Cinema in Latin America.

The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies* ONLINE.

This helpful handbook maps the field internationally, drawing out regional differences in the way that systematic intellectual reflection on cinema and film has been translated into an academic discipline.

Routledge Encyclopedia of FilmsONLINE.

Includes 200 essays by leading film scholars analyzing the most important, influential, innovative and interesting films of all time. Arranged alphabetically, each entry explores why each film is significant for those who study film and explores the social, historical and political contexts in which the film was produced. Ranging from Hollywood classics to international bestsellers to lesser-known representations of national cinema, this collection is deliberately broad in scope crossing decades, boundaries and genres.

International Dictionary of Film and FilmmakersONLINE.

Provides thorough coverage of films and filmmakers, including legendary films, actors and actresses, directors, writers and other production artists. Entries include a detailed essay written by an expert; biographies; filmographies; comprehensive credits; major awards; and updated bibliographies, as well as photographs. Example: Buñuel, Luis.

Examples of Scholarly Books:

Search Tools to Find & Discover Books:

UC Library Search

UC Library Search is the easiest way to find and discover books. To make it a bit easier, when you enter keywords into UC Library Search, use the filters on the left-hand side and select "books" and "book chapters" as the format, and also pay attention to publication year.

Project Muse eBooks*

Search for thousands of e-books, with emphasis on humanities and social sciences.

Google Books

Google Books contains millions of digitized books beyond UCI Library. You can use it as a "discovery tool" . For example, you can keyword search an artist's name to see where they appear in various chapters of books. Only public domain (out of copyright) books are available as full-text in this tool, so check the library for the full-text copy.

Finding Books in the Library Stacks

Sometimes, it is nice to browse the print collection available locally on campus. Because this course can be interdisciplinary in nature, you may be looking at multiple sections in the library (history, social sciences, humanities, communication, film studies, and more). Here are a few starting points to browse the library stacks:

Class H: Social Sciences Examples:
HT51-1595 Communities. Classes. Race.
HM1206-1211 Communication. Mass Media
Class E: History of the Americas  
E151-909 United States
Class F: History of the Americas  
F1201-3799 Latin America.
F1201-1392 Mexico
Class P: Language and Literature  
PN1993-1999  Motion Pictures
PN1990-199.92 Broadcasting (Radio, Television)
PN4699-5650 Journalism. The periodical press, etc.

Oral History Resources for Assignment

UCI Libraries offers a free Oral History Toolkit that was designed by Special Collections & Archives (SCA) staff for community members. Whether you are interested in conducting a single oral history interview or implementing a large-scale project to document a community or historical event.

UCI's SCA is committed to fostering community-centered archives which supports the preservation and access to underrepresented histories. These 6 modules contain

  1. Getting Started
  2. Designing Your Oral History
  3. Preparing to Interview & Checklists
  4. Interview Day
  5. After Your Interview
  6. Care for your Oral History Project