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Cinema Studies: Books

This guide highlights recommended resources for research in Cinema Studies.

Tips for finding Books on Cinema Studies in the UW Libraries Search

Use UW Libraries Search to find books.

  • Keyword - broadest type of search.  Type in the keywords that describe your topic:  Film Criticism, Motion Pictures, Motion Picture Producers and Directors, Motion Picture Actors and Actresses, Motion Picture Studios, Motion Picture Reviews, etc.  On the results screen choose the Resource Type "book" from the left toolbar. This will eliminate any articles that were found.

  • Use the Refine My Results limit options located on the left side of the results screen to narrow the scope of your search by resource type, year, language, topic, etc.

  • Getting too many results?  Don't want to wait for interlibrary loan?  Use the Available in the Library link on the left of your search results to see books available on the shelf now (not checked out). 

  • Title - search for a specific book title.  Type in the first few words of the book title in quotations.  On the results screen, choose the Resource Type "book" from the left toolbar.
  • Author - search for books written by a specific author.  Type in the last name followed by the first name of the author in quotations.  On the results screen, choose the Resource Type "book" from the left toolbar. 

Note down the library name and call number -- you need this information to locate the book.

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Books in the UW Libraries


The UW Libraries arranges books by Library of Congress call numbers. Comparative Literature is covered in many academic disciplines (e.g., classics, english, history, international studies, and philosophy).  You will find books related to comparative literature throughout the UW Libraries.  Search the UW Libraries Catalog by keyword to find books related to your research topic.