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Television, Radio, and Film

A Research Guide for students studying TRF (Television/Radio/Film).

Guide Author

This guide is authored by SU Libraries Graduate Student Assistant, Sharanya Singh Kanwar - SU School of Education, under supervision of  Michael Pasqualoni - Newhouse School Librarian, SU Libraries, Department of Research & Scholarship, Subject Instruction Team

Subject Special Librarians

Subject specialists can help you with in-depth research in specific subject areas. Search our directory of subject librarians by subject or name of librarian.

Note that the librarian office hours posted are Eastern Standard Time.

Newhouse School Librarian [SU Libraries]

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Michael Pasqualoni
Bird Library -
Room 200 (Waverly Avenue Side, Floor 2)
Schedule A Thirty Or Sixty Minute Consultation
To request times not listed on the bookings calendar, email me

Library Study Spaces

SU Libraries offers a diverse set of Study Spaces. You can find information about all these on the Library's website listed under Spaces.

Syracuse University Website- Spaces Page


This guide is an SU Libraries starting point for locating resources for your studies in Television, Radio and Film. The homepage and subpages provide a variety of relevant library contact points, resources, research tools and collections to help with your research within TRF.

Helpful Research Videos

Just starting your research? New to using the Libraries' services? See the Research Process Guide with Online Tutorials and Videos for a general understanding of how to get your Research started.

You can also find these videos on the Syracuse University Libraries Website-

Screenshot of Syracuse Library Website showing a link called "New To Research" on the page.

Terminology - Defining Important Tools

Just starting your research? The many different terminologies and technical research terms can be overwhelming. Listed below are the core definition of some of the library's central research tools that will help make the process of starting your own research easier.

A search engine for most of the Syracuse University Libraries’ collections and other resources beyond the SU Libraries. Includes articles, books, journals, maps, sound recordings, archival materials, government documents, and more. Use for searching for articles. Narrow or expand results using multiple search refinements.

Help with Summon

Summon is the Libraries’ primary search tool, designed to search both physical print and many online resources in one place. Applying thoughtful Summon searching skills can improve your research outcomes; Summon is intended to be a starting point for research, but there are also other superb tools available to you.

In Summon you can find a majority of the academic journal, magazine and newspaper resources available through library databases, as well as the Classic Catalog, the Syracuse University Digital Collections and the SURFACE repository. Other types of materials, such as dissertations and theses and library research guides are also included. Summon also searches the full-text content of the SU Libraries' physical book and e-book collections and Google Books.

  • Includes articles, books, journals, maps, sound recordings, archival materials, government documents and more
  • Use for article searching
  • Narrow or expand results using multiple search refinements

Have a look at the Searching with Summon video for an introduction to using Summon.