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Dissertation research

Improve your research skills

The Library will be offering integrated support for your research process as you complete your Film and Television Studies dissertation. We'll be supporting sessions and offering online support - if you choose to do a dissertation watch this space (and keep an eye on your Warwick inbox) for more details!

In the meantime, are you trying to find topic ideas?

Look at institutional websites

  • The British Film Institute Library has good collections of documentation and information on film and television, with a national and international scope
  • The BBC Archives holds collections of radio and television programmes, documents and photographs
  • The University's own Modern Records Centre holds records of the Confederation of British Industry, Trade Unions and some personal papers relating to Film. Whilst you're just looking for ideas at the moment, The Library may be able to advise you on collections or arrange access to them as your dissertation research progresses. Have a look at the websites linked below to look for ideas

Look at journal articles and talk to tutors about topic areas

  • Look through the reading lists from your different courses and look for topics that interest you. Can you extend the research or take it in another direction?
  • Look at the research that departmental staff do: use their web pages as a starting point. You can also consult the Warwick Research Archives Project repository for articles and e-thesis written by staff. If there are projects which interest you, talk to staff about whether you could do something similar

Look at recent journal articles

Your project should reflect recent research on the topic area. Consulting journals provides a good appreciation of the current state of research and alerts you to current controversies and debate. Journal articles can provide you with an in-depth understanding of an author's work. They are also generally peer-reviewed, which means that experts in the field have agreed that the research is good quality.

The following journals could be a useful starting point:


Read Film and Television studies blogs

Blogs can present recent research which may be of interest for you. If you search for blogs yourself, be careful to evaluate the blog, and only use it as inspiration for further research. A good example we have found, which you may like to look at is:

 Film studies for free

Key services over the summer vacation

Alerting systems

Some databases and online sources help you keep up to date with the most current and relevant advances in your research area. The main ways of doing this are:

  • RSS feeds. You can use a feed reader, like Google Reader, to keep up to date with news from several sources at once.
  • Journal alerts. You can be informed each time a journal publishes new material, by setting up a journal alert.
  • Search alerts. Once you have found the best search terms, you can save that search and request to be alerted when new articles which fit your search criteria become available.
  • Citation alerts. You can be alerted when someone else publishes a resource which cites a particular key article or resource you have found.

SCONUL Access Scheme

  • Which Libraries can I access? A list of participating libraries can be found on the SCONUL Access website
  • Will I be able to borrow? Yes, although borrowing rights will vary between individual libraries
  • How do I join? More information about how to join see the Library's SCONUL access scheme.

Vacation loans

If you have found useful books for your research at Warwick you may be wondering if you can borrow them over the summer vacation. You can! See borrowing for more information.

Key resources guides

The database International Film Archive (FIAF) allows you to search a range of academic journals for articles about film and television.

Watch the video guide.

 Download the print guide

Factiva can help find articles on films and TV programmes which have appeared too recently for academic articles to have been published.

 Download the print guide

Google Scholar can help you find lots of information, but make sure you use Scholar not just Google's main search, to save you time and make sure the articles you find are relevant and current.

Business Source Premier is a business research database, but may be useful for finding information on marketing in the film and television studies industry. Ask your ASL for more information if you need.