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Film and Literature: Film Analysis

Books that have inspired film adaptations.

Keyword Searching

Film research keywords to remember:






Example Subject related search terms:

Motion pictures

audio-visual materials

film criticism

motion pictures--criticism

motion pictures--reviews

film adaptations--history and criticism

film genres

motion picture reviews 

BEAM your research

BEAM stands for:


Exhibit/ Evidence




Background sources are: "any source assumed to be noncontroversial, used to provide context...facts and information"

Exhibit/ Evidence sources are:  sources you analyze or use as evidence

Argument sources are: critical reviews and relevant scholarship related to your topic which you will engage with.

Method sources are: sources that exhibit a method that you will use as a way of analyzing your topic.


Joseph Bizup. “BEAM: A Rhetorical Vocabulary for Teaching Research-Based Writing.” Rhetoric Review 27, no.1 (2008): 72-86. 

What kinds of sources will you use?

What kinds of sources will you use?

          Primary Sources will be: Original Sources not filtered through a process of analysis or interpretation

         Example: If writing a paper about the film The Shining, by Stanley Kubrick, the film would be your primary source. 

Secondary Sources will be: Sources that are one step removed from the original source, and have been filtered in some way.
Example: When writing about the film The Shining by Stanley Kubrick, a journal article that provides an analysis of a theme within the film would be a secondary source. 
•Peer reviewed essays, scholarly books (about your film, the studio that made your film, your film’s producer or director, or one of its stars)
•Books about the genre of film
•Non-scholarly sources (DVD extras, magazine articles, newspaper articles, reputable websites)

Helpful Resources

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