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English 103 - Representation in Film

The Research Process

Possible Keywords

Combine the following words with your choice of topic to get great results in the databases:

Mass Media Effects

STEREOTYPES (Social psychology)

Role Perception

Social Bias

Social Attitudes

Media Studies

Mass media and culture

Discrimination in motion pictures

Motion pictures--Social aspects--United States

MINORITIES in motion pictures

STEREOTYPES (Social psychology) in motion pictures

RACE identity

1. Start Your Research Here

The following library databases, CQ Researcher and Opposing Viewpoints, are great places to begin your research.

  • CQ Researcher - Coverage of current events topics. Also provides pro/con for current issues. You can type in your search topic, browse by date or browse by topic. If you find a report on a topic you are interested in, you can e-mail, print or download the report. Make sure you click on the "Cite Now!" link. This will create a citation for the report in APA or MLA format.
  • Opposing Viewpoints - An online database that presents the pro and con of social issues, as well as providing statistics and reliable websites.


2. Find More Specific Resources

Use the following databases to find articles about your topic. These databases index journals, newspapers and other material. 

  • Ebsco - Search from a wide range of research databases for magazine and journal articles. Updated daily.
  • JSTOR - Full text of scholarly journals.
  • Nexis Uni (formerly Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe) - Provides access to a wide range of news sources (includes New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times) as well as international newspapers.
  • View all databases A-Z.