This course guide will help you find resources for the ENGL 291H research paper based on a film. This guide will also help students enrolled in other ENGL or COMM 200 courses.

Selected Reference Books for Literary Criticism

The following titles are located in the Research Help area on the first floor. Each includes film reviews and/or critical essays. Use them inside the library only. 

Selected Circulating Titles

Circulating Books

Do a KEYWORD search using the author or title of the film title alone or you can add the term "criticism".
If your film is more than one word, use quotation marks for an "exact phrase" search. 

Do a SUBJECT search using the director's last name, first name. 

When searching try using the following SUBJECT terms:

Film Criticism
Film Criticism -- United States
Motion Pictures and Literature 
Motion Pictures -- Evauation
Motion Pictures -- History and Critisicm


search by director or writer's name.


Gale Reference Books

1. Once you click on Gale Literary Sources (GLS) link from the library's databases list, select Gale Literary Index.

select Gale Literary Index

2. Do a Title Search for your work.

gls title search

3. Select the title that best fits your work and author. Match words exactly as entered.

title search match words

4. We don't necessarily own all Gale reference titles, but we own most that will appear in these results. (See the titles on the left side of this page for the ones we own.) The bold number indicates the volume and the others are pages where your work appears. Most of the essays in these books appeared elsewhere first, often in  a journal or book.

King's Misery

* Reference Works availabe in Gale Literary Index

*12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet, 1957) - Spell out "Twelve" when searching for Reginald Rose play
American Graffiti  (George Lucas, 1973)
* Chinatown (Roman Polanski)
Cinema Paradiso
*Citizen Kane
 (Orson Welles)
* The Conversation (Francis Ford Copploa) 
Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1995)
Duel (Steven Spielberg, 1971)
The Filth and the Fury (Julien Temple, 2000)
The Grateful Dead Movie (Jerry Garcia, 1976)
High Noon (1952)
The Kids are Alright (Jeff Stein,1979)

Le Mans (Lee H. Katzin, 1971)
* McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman)
Misery (Rob Reiner, 1990) - Novel by Stephen King
* Rebecca (Alfred Hitchcock)
Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955)
Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
Step Into Liquid (Dana Brown, 2003)
* A Streetcar Named Desire (Eli Kazan)
This is Spinal Tap (Rob Reiner, 1984)
Whale Rider (Niki Caro, 2002)

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