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Cinema Studies: Books

This guide highlights recommended resources for research in Cinema Studies.

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Using UW Libraries Search to Find Books

  • To search for books by keywords just enter your terms into the search box; use quotations to lock phrases -- for example: "motion pictures" india history 

  • To search for a book by title use quotations around the first few words of the book -- for example: "ferocious reality"

  • To search for a book by author type in the surname followed by the first name in quotes -- for example: "bean jennifer"
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Subject Headings Related to Cinema

Libraries use official terminology (subject headings) created by the Library of Congress (LC) to categorize books by subject. You may want to use subject headings when ordinary keyword searching finds too many irrelevant results. Here are some examples that may be useful when searching for books related to cinema studies. You can also search for the film names or personal names (of directors, actors, etc.) to find books on specific films or people.

  • motion pictures
  • motion pictures china
  • motion picture industry
  • motion picture industry india
  • ​motion picture plays
  • motion picture music
  • motion picture producers and directors
  • motion pictures reviews
  • african americans in motion pictures
  • women in motion pictures
  • actors
  • cinematography
  • film genres
  • horror films
  • horror films japan
  • comedy films
  • silent films
  • film noir
  • film criticism
  • screenwriters


Finding Books Beyond the UW

If you can't find the books you need at the UW or through our Summit partner libraries (Summit material can be found in UW Libraries Search), use the following catalogs. Books not available at the UW can be requested through Interlibrary Loan

Selected eBook Collections

Use "Resource Type" option in UW Libraries Search to limit your search results to eBooks. Additional collections of eBooks can be found on eBook Collections guide