How to Use E-Books to Link Hollywood’s Biggest Night to Your Academic Curriculum

Library Resources | Gabriela Toth| March 01, 2018

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Film and Media studies is a growing field in academic programs that explores all forms of cinema, television and gaming. EBSCO’s Collection Development team provides tips to get students started.

Happy Awards Season, librarians! Here at EBSCO eBooks™, we love movies and TV, and tracking how all of our favorites are doing. But what we love even more is the opportunity to recommend e-books to help combat the post-awards season slump and get readers and students excited for the next season. Furthermore, the collection development team recently started adding more support for film studies, media studies, and popular culture academic programs via a new series of Featured Collections.

Film and Media Studies is a growing field of study for undergraduates, academics, and PhD students. Universities like Yale, University of Pittsburgh, and UCLA feature many different tracks and courses of study for students of all levels. At University of Pittsburgh, similar to many film studies programs, their website says, “Our program is dedicated to the exploration of cinema and television as vital contemporary arts as well as cultural artifacts.” This multi-disciplinary blend of film, history, and culture lends itself to much creativity in the topics studied and books that students and professors can choose – from contemporary media studies, to how video games are influencing culture, to the classics and seminal works of film studies.

Our program is dedicated to the exploration of cinema and television as vital contemporary arts as well as cultural artifacts.

Here at EBSCO, we decided to get our feet wet with two collections including e-books that have been adapted for the screen – one for adults and one for youth. The collections contain film classics like “Carrie” and “Jurassic Park” as well as 2017-2018 award nominees like “Big Little Lies,” “Outlander,” and “Mudbound.” These collections were created with general readers in mind, as a way for movie fans to catch up on the book versions they missed. However, directing and screenwriting students may also be interested in the original source material they can compare to their favorite screenplays. The Page to Screen collections make it easy for librarians and professors to create a curriculum based on iconic adapted screenplays.

In April, the Collection Development team will launch a series of Media Studies collections, starting with Film Studies. Each month will focus on a different aspect of Media Studies, and the collections will be featured in EBSCOhost Collection Manager (ECM) and GOBI®. These collections are built as opening day collections for Film and Media Studies librarians, and will contain must-haves like, “The Image” by Daniel Boorstin, “Amusing Ourselves to Death” by Neil Postman, and “Adventures in the Screen Trade” by William Goldman, as well as contemporary, more in-depth essays, memoirs, and career guides to the film industry.

Here is a sneak-peak of additional featured e-books from our upcoming Film Studies collection:


What is Cinema Volume I and II by André Bazin 


 New Biographical Dictionary of Film by David Thomson



Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field 


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