This is a general guide to starting your research for Film & Media Studies. For more in-depth help, click on one of the subject tabs such as Television or Film Studies. Each subject tab provides more information on the resources the Library has available.
Media studies is an umbrella term denoting various types of inquiry into systems or vehicles for the transmission or communication of information, entertainment, and persuasion—such as radio, television, video, digital media, newspapers and magazines, advertisements, films, books, and recorded music. The term media (the plural of medium) refers to the material or technical (mechanical, electronic, or digital) processes employed in communication; and media studies work tends to draw on social science, rather than humanities, approaches and methods—for example in studies assessing the effects of media on the attitudes and behaviour of users. While moving-image screen media such as television and computer games constitute accepted objects of inquiry within media studies (where they are treated from the standpoint of processes of communication and reception rather than textually), this is far less true of film and cinema, except perhaps in the context of media policy and legislation and in those areas where the concerns of media studies and cultural studies overlap.
The links below take you to the online catalog while the others are subject searches within the catalog.
The British Universities Film & Video Council (BUFVC) has issued guidelines to encourage the best practices in citing any kind of audiovisual item. They cover: film; television programs; radio programs; audio recordings; DVD extras; clips; trailers; advertisements; non-broadcast, amateur and archive material; podcasts; vodcasts; and games.
Follow the link below to download the guidelines.