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Cinema & Media Studies - Research Guide: Book search tips for Cinema & Media Studies

Other Subject Headings

chinatown (motion picture)
academy awards (motion pictures)
film adaptations
film criticism
film critics
film genres
film festivals
film noir
motion picture actors and actresses 
motion picture audiences
motion picture industry
motion picture music
motion picture plays
motion picture plays--History and criticism
motion picture producers and directors
motion picture studios
motion picture theaters
motion pictures
motion pictures and children
moving pictures and history
shakespeare, william, 1564-1616--film and video adaptations
silent films
world war, 1939-1945--motion pictures and the war

Finding Books and Searching

Most of the circulating books related cinema studies are located in the Van Pelt Library, while most of the print film journals are at the Annenberg Library. Reference titles are at one or both Van Pelt and Annenberg. Works on photography are generally at the Fine Arts Library.

Franklin lists books, journals titles (but not articles within journals), conference proceedings, and other materials located at all the libraries on campus, excluding the Biddle Law Library.

Most film-related books are assigned the subject heading motion pictures or motion picture [noun]. The heading motion pictures covers general works on motion pictures themselves, including motion pictures as an art form, copyrighting, distribution. For work about screenplays, search under motion picture plays; for film directors, look for motion picture producers and directors.

Film criticism covers works on the technique of motion picture reviewing. Works on the criticism of screenplays are entered under Motion picture plays--History and criticism. Works about a specific picture will be under the name of the picture followed by (motion picture).

Works on the technical aspects of making motion pictures and their projection onto a screen are entered under cinematography.

Finding Films: Film Related Call Numbers

The following call numbers are useful for browsing:

PN1993-1999 - Film
PN1993 - motion pictures in general, by country
PN1994 - film theory
PN1995 - specific themes, topics or genres
PN1996 - screenwriting
PN1997 - screenplays
PN1998 - biographies of and works about directors, producers,etc.
TR - Photography (including technical aspects of filmmaking)
Z5784 - Bibliographies on film studies

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