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Film & Television

Research Guide for Film and Television

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Subject headings:

 The subject heading for books on Film Studies is Motion Pictures.  The movie business is called the motion picture industry Screenplays are motion picture plays.  Certain subject headings do use Films, usually for genre terms, i.e. Historical films or Biographical films or Silent films

Films or TV Shows: 
Books about a particular film or TV show can be searched in LINUS entering the film title as the subject:

  • Star Trek
  • african queen
  • Mary Tyler Moore

People and Studios:
Books about any person or group of people can also be searched in the Library's catalog using a subject search, either with LastName FirstName, or a description of the group:

  • Hitchcock, Alfred
  • Hepburn Katharine
  • motion picture actors and actresses

For works (movies as well as books, sometimes including screenplays) by a particular person, use an author search:

  • Lee, Ang
  • Warner Bros

Briefly, however, you use a Keyword search to look for genres and topics, especially if you are unsure of the Library of Congress Subject Heading. A keyword search finds the term anywhere in the library's catalog record. When you do a keyword search, be sure to look at the subject headings used to describe this topic and also search by the correct Library of Congress Subject Heading.

Keyword Searching:
Also, use a keyword search if you have multiple concepts or topics to search. Remember that the subject heading for film in general is Motion Pictures, but genres may use the term Films, and a few books have a subject headings with the word Cinema.

  • Keywords: motion pictures architecture
  • Keywords: motion pictures france history
  • Keywords: rebels motion pictures
  • Keywords: "greenaway peter" art [or architecture]
  • Subject: comedy films