is different from writing a novel and there are differences
if you are writing an adaptation of a fiction or non-fiction
work or doing original work for the screen. Here are some tips on finding a
variety of resources.
To find additional materials,
you can look through these catalogs:
Library Catalog is what you can find in the
Circuit is the joint
catalog for CSUSM, SDSU, UCSD, and USD with delivery in
1-3 days for CSUSM users.
Melvyl searches the entire University of
California catalog system and delivers in 5-10 days
through Interlibrary Loan for CSUSM.
searches a 'universe' of library catalogs and delivers
in 5-10 days through Interlibrary Loan for CSUSM.
Useful Subject Terms
Can't think of terms to accurately describe your topic?
Library catalogs use specific subject headings to group
related books together. 'Film' and 'review' are such large topics
and can be defined in multiple ways, so you will
want to think of ways to narrow it down, by title, director,
genre, etc. Ask a librarian to
help, or here are some
examples to consider:
Databases at CSUSM will offer both articles on adaptation in
general and specific titles. When looking
for articles on screenwriting, keep in mind that the text
may refer to screenwriting or screenwriters.
Some databases do not offer
full text of the articles. Use the
to check our other resources for full text.
Academic Search Premier
Covers a wide array of subjects with full text for
nearly 1,850 scholarly journals, including more than
1,250 peer-reviewed titles.
Communication & Mass Media
Provides abstracts and full text for more than 200
Includes abstracts of articles from critical literary
and language journals. This is primarily concerned with
the original work of literature, but you will find
plenty of articles on adaptations here.
These may not be
as scholarly as published journal reviews, so be aware
of the credentials of the reviewer. Keep in mind when
searching the internet that not all material will be
scholarly and other search terms will be 'cinema' or 'film'
rather than 'movie'.
Internet Movie Script
Claims to be the largest collection of scripts available
on the web for free reading or download.
and Video Industries (Occupational Handbook)
Offers information on the roles in the industry and
educational requirements for screenwriters.
Guild of America
The organization for US screenwriters, this site has both
members-only and visitor access.
Writers Guild of America, West
Directed to not only movie, but television and other media.
The site offers some legal forms to be used as contracts and
a means to register your work. The
WGA, East offers more
The Secret to Your Scripts Success
While you wade through a lot of commercial "buy this book"
graphics, there are some helpful articles and information.
How-to information, copyright discussions, a message board
and free scripts for download.