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HI200: Film Project (Zajdband)

Resources to support Film History assignment

Reference Books

Why use Reference Books?

Locating background information in general and subject specific encyclopedias and dictionaries and other reference resources will help you put information in context.

Consulting reference materials will help you:

  • Get an overview of the subject.
  • Note key concepts/developments.
  • Identify significant authors.
  • See a chronology/timeline.
  • Discern connections/interrelationships with other developments.
  • Develop a list of search terms.
  • Obtain primary sources.
  • Use the bibliographies to locate other information on your topic.

Below are some suggested resources to get you started. Search the Library Catalog to find more titles of interest or Ask a Librarian who can recommend resources for your specific topic:

Searching for Books and Chapters of Books.

The Library Catalog is the place to start. Books are a great place to find primary and secondary sources for your project.

  • Search tips are available to help you formulate a more relevant search query.

Many History Projects require you to use Primary Sources. Here are some tips you can use to find them in books:

  • Possible keywords you can use to find primary sources include: Sources, Personal Narratives, Diaries, Correspondence, Documentaries, Interview(s), Letters OR Testimony.
  • Look in the appendices & exhibits of books to view excerpts of diaries, interviews & facsimiles (primary sources). 
  • The Bentley Library Catalog also includes a number of government documents (primary sources).
  • You can also look in the bibliographies of books you find to identify other sources of information you will want to explore.

You can also search directly in an ebook database. We recommend the following: