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Film Studies - The Western

This guide is designed to help you find resources for the study of the adaptation of the western, from fiction to film. For literary, historical, or other approaches to film, you may want to consult the English Literature guide or the Theatre History

Tips for Finding Articles

Check out the tips below when beginning a search - then start looking for articles in ArticlesPlus; a great place to start.  

Top 5 Tips for Finding Research Articles 

  1. Break up your search into its smallest parts. Ex: instead of searching for "the role of gender in silent film" search for gender AND silent film.   
  2. Think about other ways that an author might describe your topic. Articles focusing on gender differences might also use: (women OR gender OR girls OR men OR boys) 
  3. Not sure what search terms to use? Look for information about your article in the background resources listed on this page, or check for your topic on Google or Wikipedia. These are all good sources for keywords to use. 
  4. Too many articles leaving you overwhelmed? Add more search terms. The more words in your search, the fewer results you should see, since they will have to include ALL of those words 
  5. If you're not finding what you need, contact me. I'd love to talk with you about your research topic and figure out how we can tweak your search to be more useufl. 


ArticlesPlus is a single database which searches the contents of more than 200 databases all at the same time. Using this one searchbox above, you can find items from:

  • All EBSCOhost databases that we have
  • All JSTOR journals that we have
  • ISI Web of Knowledge
  • Several newspaper databases
  • Our ALICE Catalog (books, videos, names of magazines, journals, and newspapers, and more)
  • ...and much more

ArticlesPlus does not include everything. We have numerous additional databases--including about two dozen from ProQuest--that are not included in ArticlesPlus. To find and connect to these, consult the Databases feature in ALICE.