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ENGL 102: Composition II, Jim Chin: Find Background Info

Research guide for Jim Chin's English 102 course Film, Identity, and Culture

Reference Sources

Reference sources such as encyclopedias can provide good background information on the people, places, events, and time periods you're interested in researching. These sources are a great place to begin your research.

Try searching keywords that include:

  • film
  • cinema
  • film's title in quotation mark (example: "Rocky Horror Picture Show")
  • director's name
  • actor's name
  • film's genre AND film or cinema (example: horror AND film)
  • film's title and a theme you want to explore (example: LGBTQ AND "Rocky Horror Picture Show")

Encyclopedias & Other Reference Sources

Print Reference Books in the Library (not available online):

Background Sources on the Web

Reference Sources on LGBTQ History & Culture

Online (ebook) background sources that include elements of LGBTQ history and culture in the U.S.:

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