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Critical Writing Program: Zombie Culture - Spring 2020: Overview

Zombie Culture

Oxford Bibliographies

Background Information

Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film

Encyclopedia covers topics like production, national cinemas, studios, genres, theory and film history. A-Z index, short bios, and further recommended sources.

Oxford Dictionary of Film Studies
Defines terms and concepts in film theory and criticism, film movements and genres, film industry organizations, practices and technical terms.

Scholarly Databases

General Databases

Subject-Specific Databases

How to Read a Citation

Book citations generally show a publisher and a city of publication. Book chapters will include the title of the chapter as well as the name of the book.

Article citations have a journal/periodical title in addition to the article title. They will usually also show a volume and issue number, and may show a day and month.

Known Item Searching...

Books -  When looking for a known book, use the Franklin Catalog and search by book title or author.   Connect to available ebooks or visit the library to pick up available print works.

  • If a book says "See request options," it is not available; log in and request through BorrowDirect+
  • If a book is in LIBRA Storage, login to request.

Journal Articles  - Enter keywords from the article citation, such as author name and titles words, into Franklin Articles+. 

Is it Scholarly and/or Peer Reviewed?

Where can I stream it now?

Useful apps for Cinema & Media Studies


IMDb, the Internet Movie Database, for filmographies, casts, credits, showtimes, reviews, and watchlists for film and TV.

Letterboxd, a social network for film people with watchlists and reviews.

Reelgood and JustWatch, streaming search and watchlists.

Not available to stream? It happens.
Search for the DVD in Van Pelt 

Search Franklin for films and TV, streaming or as a DVD. If Van Pelt has the DVD, it could be your fastest option.

Keyword Searching

This document suggests a good method of crafting effective keyword searches:

Film Index International