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Tips for searching Film Studies materials:

Find specific films by searching for the title of the film, and selecting TITLE BEGINS WITH. The word VIDEORECORDING in parentheses following the title indicates  the item is a DVD (and not the novel, if applicable).

Examples:

ATONEMENT (VIDEORECORDING)
PARIS, TEXAS (VIDEORECORDING)

To find materials about a film, type in the title of the film and append "(MOTION PICTURES)," then select SUBJECT BROWSE.  This works best for more well known films that have books written about them. 

Examples:

CITIZEN KANE (MOTION PICTURES)
GONE WITH THE WIND (MOTION PICTURE)

Find materials by or about specific directors by searching their last name, first name.  Select AUTHOR BROWSE for items by them; select SUBJECT BROWSE for items about them.

Examples:

SCORCESE, MARTIN
HERZOG, WERNER
ALMODÓVAR, PEDRO

To find materials specific to films from a particular nation or in a specific language, use the following Library of Congress Subject Heading, with the relevant country or language appended, and SUBJECT BROWSE selected.

Examples:

MOTION PICTURES FRANCE
MOTION PICTURES FRENCH


You can find materials for specific genres of film using more specific subject headings, and SUBJECT BROWSE selected.

Examples:

FILM NOIR
HORROR FILMS
SCIENCE FICTION FILMS

Find materials on specific topics in film using their Library of Congress subject headings.

Examples:

CINEMATOGRAPHY
CINEMATOGRAPHY SPECIAL EFFECTS
FILM ADAPTATIONS
MOTION PICTURES -- EDITING
MOTION PICTURES -- PRODUCTION AND DIRECTION


               

Interlibrary Loan

You can search for books that other local libraries own by visiting WorldCat. If the UT library does not have the book or article you are looking for, we will request  the item from another library for you.  This process is called Interlibrary Loan.

You can make an Interlibrary Loan request by filling out the required form found at the Reference Desk in the library, or sending requests by e-mail (see instruction on Interlibrary Loan page).

Finding Ebooks

If you would like to specifically find ebooks rather than print, many of the online resources available at UT are a great place to look. 

Two resources particularly useful for finding ebooks are the EBSCO eBook Collection and Gale Virtual Reference Library.

For a list of other online resources related to this subject, please see the "Find Articles" tab above.