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Film & Television Studies

Find Books in Bailey/Howe Library

These call number ranges hold a variety of books on film, television, screenplays, and acting.

PN 1992-1992.92 : Television Broadcasts PN 1993-1999 : Motion Pictures PN 1997-1997.85 : Screenplays
PN 2061-2071 : Art of Acting Z 5784 : Motion Pictures - bibliography Z 7711 : Television - bibliography

Books that may be checked out of the Library are on the 3rd floor (Call #s PN, Z 5784, Z 7711).
Reference Books (main/1st floor): ROW 10 (Call #: PN) : Television and Motion Pictures  /   ROW 15 (Call #: Z 5784)  /  ROW 17 (Call #: Z 7711)

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Find Books by Subject

Use Library of Congress Subject Headings* in the  Library Catalog to locate books on your topic. Click image below (live link!) to be brought to the Browse search function in CATQuest.

Subject headings for film and television studies material vary. 
Note -  the standard subject heading for film is motion pictures. The standard subject headings for television are television programs and television broadcasting.

These three subject headings may be narrowed/focused by hundreds of subheadings. For additional subject headings, see the selected list below.

film criticism motion pictures [country/region/state]
(e.g. motion pictures united states)
motion picture film collections
motion pictures reviews motion pictures political aspects motion pictures plots, themes, etc.
motion pictures history and criticism   motion pictures social aspects motion picture plays
(i.e., screenplays)
motion pictures history african americans in motion pictures
(how african americans are portrayed in film)
motion picture authorship
motion picture industry women in motion pictures
(how women are portrayed in film)
film adaptations
motion pictures and literature documentary films production and direction  

Note: to find lists of feature films owned by the library, use the subject heading: feature films

Film Genres

documentary films
comedy films
silent films
animated films
film noir, musical films, etc
(look for subheadings such as "history and criticism")


motion picture acting motion pictures art direction actors [country]
acting costume design actresses [country]
motion pictures editing costume designers motion picture actors and actresses
cinematography lighting
cinematographers motion picture producers and directors
motion pictures production and direction   screenwriters independent filmmakers
motion pictures setting and scenery
sound in motion pictures
motion picture music
motion pictures and music
musicals united states
musical films
jazz in motion pictures
film soundtracks
individual director, actor, etc.
[e.g. wenders wim, davis bette, etc.]


television broadcasting television plays
television programs [country/place] television and ______
(e.g. television and politics, children, family)
television production and direction television broadcasting social aspects
television producers and directors violence in television
(how violence is portrayed in television)
television actors and actresses
television acting
television adaptations individual producer, director, actor
[e.g. ball lucille, etc.]
television programs united states reviews television personalities
television criticism soap operas
television broadcasting of news reality television programs
situation comedies television programs television comedies

Find Books by Keyword

CATQuest Advanced Search

Use a Keyword search in the CATQuest Advanced Search to search topics that are complex with multiple concepts or if you are unsure of the Library of Congress Subject Heading. A keyword search finds the term anywhere in the library catalog record. When you do a keyword search, be sure to look at the subject headings used to describe this topic and then also search by the correct Library of Congress Subject Heading. Also, use a keyword search if you have multiple concepts or topics to search.


  • Limit entire search to "Library Catalog."
  • To force a phrase, use the pull-down menu for the "contains" box to choose "phrase."
  • Use the phrase motion pictures  as one of your terms. Then try the search again and substitute film for motion pictures.
  • When connecting words with  "and" or  "or," use uppercase letters (i.e., AND  OR)
  • Select "Books" from the list in the Resource Type  category to eliminate records for actual films or tv programs in your results list. 
  • To broaden your search, use the truncation symbol * at the end of the word or root word to retrieve variant endings.example: feminis* --> feminist, feminists, feminism