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This guide is intended to assist you with research for your final paper in FPA 821 and beyond. The focus is on conducting a literature review for your annotated bibliography assignment, in order to find historical and contemporary contexts for the object(s) of study, as well as theoretical and methodological frameworks for your discussion.
If you do not find the information that you need to write your paper, please Ask a Librarian for assistance or contact Sylvia Roberts, Liaison Librarian for Contemporary Arts (contact details in the box on the right). I am pleased to meet (or phone or Skype) for one-on-one consultations about your specific research project.
When you email or phone, please give me some details about your research and times when you're at the Vancouver campus so we can find a mutually convenient meeting time.
What is a literature review?
A literature review is a text written by someone to consider the critical points of current academic knowledge, substantial and influential discussions, as well as theoretical and methodological approaches to a particular topic.
For your annotated bibliography assignment, you are asked to select 8-10 texts that relate to your object(s) of study (see the assignment outline in the FPA 821 syllabus for specifics).
Also see links to online guide to literature reviews and annotated bibliographies:
- How to Write an Annotated Bibliography (SFU Library)
- Writing an Annotated Bibliography (University of Toronto)
- The Annotated Bibliography - How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography (Cornell)
- Purdue OWL: Annotated Bibliographies
- How to prepare an annotated bibliography - Concordia Libraries
- Writing a Literature Review (University of Ottawa)
- Literature review videos (YouTube selection)
- Conducting research literature reviews : from the Internet to paper [print]
- Systematic approaches to a successful literature review [print]
Encyclopedia of aesthetics [print and online]
Feminism-art-theory : an anthology 1968-2014 [print]
The Oxford handbook of sound and image in digital media [print]
New media and technocultures reader [print]
- Participation: documents of contemporary art (MIT / Whitechapel)
Use the following subject heading links to find books that discuss approaches to media arts research:
- Mass Media And The Arts
- Aesthetics, Comparative
- Motion Pictures
- Motion Pictures Aesthetics
- New Media Art
- Digital art
- Visual Literacy
- Communication And Culture
- Visual Communication
- Video art
- Art And Motion Pictures
A selection of titles (linked titles are available as e-books; linked call numbers are for books available in print):
Mapping intermediality in performance [print and online]
Media borders, multimodality and intermediality [print and online]
Visuality/materiality : images, objects and practices [print and online]
Art history and visual studies in Europe : transnational discourses and national frameworks [print]
Mapping landscapes for performance as research : scholarly acts and creative cartographies [print and online]
Screen/space : the projected image in contemporary art [print]
The SFU Library catalogue includes records which describe books and other materials in our collection, both print and electronic.
If you find a book which is not in the SFU collection, use an interlibrary loan form to request it and we'll try to borrow it for you from another library.
The wide range of disciplines that touch on the nature of comparative media research requires that you take a broad view of relevant research and use a variety of indexes to find it. Each index contains records describing articles in a set of journals, chapters in books, book reviews, exhibition reviews, practitioner publications and other information sources.
If the full text of the article is not included in the index, follow the Where can I get this? link to find the full text, if available. If not available online, you can also request reprints or scans of articles using the Request item from another library function.
The following are some key indexes for literature relating to the study of media:
Indexing & full text for journal articles on all aspects and periods of art.
Bibliography of the History of Art / International Bibliography of Art
Art bibliography covering European and American visual arts from late antiquity to the present.
Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text is the definitive online tool for film and television research.
Arts & Humanities Citation Index
A multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the arts and humanities. Some of the disciplines covered include Architecture, Art, Dance, Folklore, Language, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Radio, Television, & Film,Theatre.