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FYHS-106-01: History and Hollywood: Welcome


In this guide, you'll find selected resources at the Monmouth University Library that are useful for locating information about filmic portrayals of American History.  For additional resources, search the Library catalog or call the reference desk at 732-571-3438. You can also chat with or email a reference librarian with your question via  Ask-a-Librarian.

Where to Begin

General background information is helpful in the early stages of a research project. These databases are an excellent place to begin.

Why Should I Use Reference Resources?

Beginning your research with reference resources helps you discover background information like terminology, central figures and dates and an overview of existing literature on your topic. Look for:

  • Definitions of key terms
  • Historical context
  • Biographical information
  • Critical interpretation of texts
  • Bibliographies detailing relevant scholarship

"Starter" Resources

Use these general resources  in the earliest stages of your research to narrow a broad topic or develop an overview. They  should not be used in place of in-depth, substantive sources.  See the other tabs for a selection of books and databases that offer deeper, more detailed, focused information.


100 Ideas That Changed Film chronicles the most influential ideas that have shaped film since its inception. The ideas include innovative concepts, technologies, techniques and movements, from the silent era's masterpieces to today's blockbusters and art house movies. Available via CredoReference.


The Encyclopedia of American Studies brings together a wide range of disciplines related to the history and cultures of the United States, from pre-colonial days to the present. It features broad, synthetic articles covering areas such as history, literature, art, photography, film, architecture, urban studies, ethnicity, race, gender, economics, politics, wars, consumer culture, and global America.  Available via CredoReference.





The Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications exhaustively explores the ways that editorial content - from journalism and scholarship to films and infomercials - is developed, presented, stored, analyzed, and regulated around the world.  Available via CredoReference.


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Lisa Iannucci
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Monmouth University Library
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West Long Branch, NJ 07764

(732) 571-7560

Liaison: Accounting & Economics, Finance, Real Estate, Management & Decision Science, Marketing & International Business, Real Estate Institute

Interlibrary Loan

Can't find something you need?  The interlibrary loan service can obtain the books or articles you are looking for.