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Cinema and Media Arts: Finding Books in Library Catalog

This guide will help you locate resources on film and the cinema, as well as film reviews and criticism, from a variety of popular and scholarly sources.

What is Library Catalog?


Library Catalog is the library catalog for ALL of the 8 Vanderbilt Libraries.  You can use it to find:

  • Books
  • DVDs & videos
  • Periodical titles (not individual articles)
  • Reserve materials
  • and more .....

Useful Library of Congress Subject Headings

Do a "subject begins with" search using one of the Library of Congress subject headings listed below:

Film Adaptations
      Film Remakes
Film Criticism Academy awards (Motion Pictures)
African-Americans in motion pictures
Independent Filmmakers
Film noir
Horror films
Film Critics
Epic films
Film Festivals
Film Genres

Search Tips

1. Use AND to combine terms (example: criticism AND Spielberg)

2. Use OR to search related terms (example:  Film OR Motion picture)

3. Use $ to truncate a word and return all possible endings (example: using "critic$" -- searches for all variants of the word "critic," for example, critic, critics, criticism)

Government Information/Film Studies Librarian

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Browsing for Books

Another option is to browse the STACKS for books.  The following call number areas might be of interest for this subject area. All of these call numbers are located on the 7th floor at Central Library.




Radio Broadcasts PN 1991-1991.9
Non broadcast video recordings
Televison broadcasts

PN 1992.93-1992.95

Motion Pictures PN 1993-1999


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