Answered By: Jennifer Kasch
Last Updated: Jul 14, 2015     Views: 53

Thank you for your question.  This is a bit difficult to answer because I'd like to know more information about your topic.  Are you focusing on children, teens, or adults?  By 'bad influence' are you analyzing violence/crime, sexuality, drug use, decreased family time due to time devoted to watching movies?  I would suggest narrowing this topic down so you have good keywords to search by.

Then, go to our database list: http://libguides.madisoncollege.edu/FindArticles and select a database.  I use EBSCOhost when I'm starting out, click the box for select/deselect all, then hit continue.  I used the following terms in my search, as if I were studying the affect of violence in movies on children:

Ebsco screenshot with keywords

 Then I hit 'Search.'  I found several promising articles with this search.  For example, there was one called 'Exposure of US Adolescents to Extremely Violent Movies.' You may also want to think of other words to describe your topic.  For example, I might try 'motion pictures' or 'films' instead of 'movies.'

So, I'd recommend narrowing your topic down a bit, picking key words out of your narrowed down topic, and trying ebscohost as I demonstrated above to find articles.  Keep in mind that it may take some browsing and editing of your search to find the best articles.  I hope this helps to answer your question.  If you have any other questions or need more help, feel free to stop by one of our libraries.

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