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Film & Television Studies Subject Guide

Find Books in Bailey/Howe Library

These call number ranges hold a variety of books on film, 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

Books that may be checked out of the Library are on the 3rd floor (Call #s PN).

Reference Books (main/1st floor)
ROWS 16-17 (Call #: PN) : Television and Motion Pictures

  Browse the Stacks

Browse the stacks to see what looks interesting or useful. Once you find a book of interest using the Library Catalog, find it in the stacks; then browse that area to find other books that might also be useful. 

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Find Books by Subject

Use Library of Congress (LC) Subject Headings

Classic Library Catalog - Quick Search. Type the LC subject heading. Select "Subject Heading" from the pull-down list next to the search box.

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


Film Genres
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 cinematographers motion picture producers and directors
motion pictures production and direction screenwriters independent filmmakers
motion pictures setting and scenery 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)
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 screenwriters
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

Find Books by Keyword

Guided Keyword Search

Use a Keyword search in the Classic Library Catalog to look for topics, especially 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.


- Use the phrase "motion pictures" as one of your terms. Then try the search again and substitute "film" for "motion pictures."

- To eliminate records for actual films or tv programs in your results list, select "Book" from the pull-down list in the Type category.

- To broaden your search, use the truncation symbol ? at the end of the word or root word to get variant endings.
example: feminis? --> feminist, feminists, feminism

Sample Search in Guided Keyword Search mode: