If you start at this course research guide or the Tripod library catalog, you will be prompted to sign in and authenticate through the Off-campus Access page (Option A below) when you click on an online resource link .
If you plan to work in-depth on a research paper when you are off campus, use VPN software (Option B). Once you authenticate, you can then connect to resources (with Haverford subscriptions) on the open Web as well as use URLS you have already saved or those sent by faculty and librarians.
Use your email user name (no @haverford.edu) and password to log on. You will need to navigate through Tripod, rather than typing URLs in the search box for your entire session. The proxy prefix has to remain in your URL in order to access digital materials to which Haverford subscribes.
Cinema and media studies includes a plethora of subfields: film history, television studies, media studies, visual arts, cultural studies, digital culture, game studies, popular culture, etc. Oxford Bibliographies in Cinema and Media Studies offers short encyclopedic entries and annotated bibliographies of the most important books, articles, and Web sites on each topic created by the finest scholars in cinema and media studies.
The article on Japanese Cinema in particular should be helpful to you. Oxford Bibliographies provides information in annotated bibliography form, so you can get a sense of which resources are the most valuable for you. See tutorial video below.