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Print Encyclopedias and Guides:
Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film by
Call Number: Ref PN1995.9.D6 E53 2006 3 vols.
With over 800 articles from scholars around the world, the Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film is a fully international reference work on the history of the documentary film.
Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film by
Call Number: Online. Also available in print at Ref PN1993.45 .G65 2007 4 vols.
This reference provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to film and film studies, covering such aspects as production, national traditions, studios, genres, critical theory and film history.