About this Guide
This guide is intended for undergraduate students beginning research in film and media studies. It is arranged by steps in the research process, rather than by type of material.
- Media (DVDs, CDs, streaming media, etc.) for George Mason University Libraries.
- Film and Media Studies books, journals, and other material for George Mason University Libraries.
Seven Steps of the Research Process
The following seven steps outline a simple and effective strategy for finding information for a research paper and documenting the sources you find. Depending on your topic and your familiarity with the library, you may need to rearrange or recycle these steps. Adapt this outline to your needs.
STEP 1: Identify and develop your topic
STEP 2: Find background information
STEP 4: Find periodical articles
STEP 5: Find internet sources
STEP 6: Evaluate what you find