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Television, Radio, and Film

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


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.