These call number ranges hold a variety of books on film, screenplays, and 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 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.
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
|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 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|
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: