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Film & Television Studies

Locate Books in 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 2061-2080 : Art of Acting, Monologues 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).  Browse the Stacks:  Find a useful book in the stacks? Browse in that area to discover other books that might be useful.

Use the Library Catalog to Search for Books in the Library

The Library Catalog locates books, journals (not articles), microfilm, dvds, cds, and U.S. documents (1976->) owned by the UVM Libraries. There are two versions of the catalog:
CATQuest version and the Classic Library Catalog. Each version has its advantages and disadvantages.
Because the CATQuest search box is front and center on the Library homepage, find instructions for using the CATQuest version below. If something confuses you, use the Classic Library Catalog. To find this link on the Library homepage, click the "Research" link at the top of the page and find the link in the "FIND" column.

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.


The three subject headings listed above may be narrowed/focused by hundreds of subheadings. For additional subject headings, see the selected lists below.

film criticism motion pictures setting and scenery motion picture film collections
motion pictures reviews motion pictures editing screenwriters
motion pictures history and criticism   motion pictures history  motion pictures plots, themes, etc.
motion pictures [country/region/state]
(e.g. motion pictures united states)
cinematography lighting
motion picture plays
(i.e., screenplays)
motion pictures production and direction cinematographers film adaptations
documentary films production and direction sound in motion pictures motion picture authorship
motion picture producers and directors motion pictures art direction motion pictures and literature
motion picture industry costume design motion pictures and history
independent filmmakers costume designers motion pictures and women
motion picture music
motion pictures and music
musicals united states
musical films
jazz in motion pictures
film soundtracks
actors [country]
actresses [country]
motion picture actors and actresses
women motion picture producers and directors
individual director, actor, etc.
[e.g. wenders wim, davis bette, etc.]
motion picture acting
method acting
improvisation acting

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
western films
film noir, musical films, etc
(look for subheadings such as "history and criticism")


Social & Political Aspects, Portrayal of Groups in Motion Pictures
motion pictures political aspects jews in motion pictures women in motion pictures
politics in motion pictures african americans in motion pictures feminism and motion pictures
motion pictures social aspects hispanic americans in motion pictures minorities in motion pictures
race in motion pictures latin americans in motion pictures homosexuality in motion pictures
racism in motion pictures indians in motion pictures (i.e. native americans) gender identity in motion pictures
antisemitism in motion pictures asians in motion pictures gays in motion pictures


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

*Click this link to view a list of additional topics related to television, e.g., african americans in television


copyright motion pictures fair use (copyright)
copyright broadcasting rights 
(used instead of "television rights")
fair use (copyright) united states


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

Books Beyond Howe Library

Enrich your research by searching for books beyond the UVM Libraries.

In addition to the databases above, consider:
Book Reviews: Article databases frequently index book reviews. If you find a review (or citation for a review) for a book that looks useful or interesting, check the library catalog to see if the library owns it. If the library doesn't own the book, borrow it through Interlibrary Loan.
Bibliographies:  Scholarly journal articles, scholarly encyclopedia essays, and academic-oriented books will provide bibliographies or lists for further reading. If you find a book that looks useful or interesting, check the library catalog to see if the library owns it. If the library doesn't own the book, borrow it through Interlibrary Loan. These are indeed the "low hanging fruit" during the research process!