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Research Guides

CIN374: American Cinema of the Studio Era

A comprehensive guide to finding scholarly books and journal articles about the American studio era, roughly 1930-1970.

Types of Resources for your Assignment

This guide will help you find various types of resources for your proposal and final paper. 

An archive is an accumulation of historical records and might include: 

Microfilm Collections (Primary Sources)

Where to get help

There are amazing resources available to you across the UofT Libraries system in print and online. It can be a lot of information to navigate, but there is always help for you to draw upon: 

  • Innis College Library (email your librarian Kate Johnson or to set up a time to meet): Books & print journals relevant to cinema studies, guides for Microfilm colllections
  • Media Commons (3rd floor, Robarts Library): Films, Online streamable films, Microfilm
  • Robarts Library (Reference help on 2nd Floor, Periodicals / Journals on 4th Floor): Books, print journals, government resources relevant to cinema studies, social sciences, humanities. 
  • Online Resources (highlighted in this guide): Finding Books & EBooks, Finding Journal Articles, Finding Primary Sources
  • Innis College Writing Centre (other UofT Writing Centres

Don't forget that you can access resources from the TIFF Film Reference Library and Toronto Public Library (especially the Toronto Reference Library at Bloor / Yonge).

Contact Kate if you have questions. 

TIPS: Keep track of your searching!!

What terminology would be current for your time period and how would it be different? Think about abbreviations, slang, and dated or time specific language, e.g., talkies, pressbooks, industry terminology vs. newspapers for general public, etc.

Make a record of your search strategies - both the good and the bad! In a spreadsheet or document, track: 

  • Search terms and how you combined them
  • Resources you used the search terms in 
  • Filters you applied to your search results. 

You won't remember them later and you are going to discover new terms and topics that will shape new searches so it's useful to have a record of what worked and what didn't.