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*Film Studies

Guide to resources for research in Film, Television & Media Studies at Brandeis

Creative Arts Librarian

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Lisa Zeidenberg
Farber Library, Floor 2

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Subject headings for Film studies may not be what you expect. Use "motion pictures" for movies. Try the following patterns:

English Literature — Film and video adaptations
Feature films — Argentina [motion pictures from Argentina]
Film adaptations
Film criticism
Historical films — History and criticism
Hitchcock, Alfred, 1899–1980 — Criticism and interpretation
Motion picture actors and actresses — United States
Motion picture audiences [for spectatorship]
Motion picture authorship [for screenwriters]
Motion picture industry — Germany
Motion picture plays
Motion pictures — Aesthetics
Motion pictures — Dictionaries
Motion pictures — France [for works on motion pictures shown in France or produced by French film companies]
Motion pictures, French [for works on motion pictures produced by French film companies and shown outside of France]
Motion pictures — History
Motion pictures — Philosophy
Motion pictures — Reviews
Motion pictures — Semiotics
Motion pictures — Social aspects
Realism in motion pictures
Silent films — Italy — History and criticism


Terms courtesy of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries' Film Studies Guide.

Search Tips: Screenplays

Library of Congress subject headings can be idiosyncratic -- the following are terms you may encounter in your database and catalog searching:

• Film adaptations
• Motion picture authorship
• Motion picture plays
• Motion picture plays — Technique
• Storyboards
• Austen, Jane, 1775–1817 — Film and video adaptations
Sense and sensibility (Motion picture)

Terms courtesy of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries' Film Studies Guide.

Access to Major Digitized Archives

Due to a temporary arrangement (described below), many print items in the Brandeis Library can currently be accessed online via the HathiTrust. For these items, you will see a link that reads "Full Text Available at HathiTrust" in the Brandeis OneSearch catalog listing; follow the instructions below to gain access to the digitized content.

Beginning April, 2020, HathiTrust offers temporary access to in-copyright digitized items that are owned by Brandeis through its Emergency Temporary Access Service. You will see a link to the digitized HathiTrust material when you search the OneSearch catalog. Follow the instructions below to gain access to Brandeis-owned HathiTrust materials. Note that temporary access to HathiTrust items is limited to one person per item.

  1. Click where it reads "Full Text Available at HathiTrust" in the Brandeis OneSearch catalog record. You will need to sign in with your Brandeis username and password.
  2. Click on the link under the HathiTrust record that reads "Temporary Access."
  3. To view the PDF, click on the "Check Out" button, to the right of the statement "Access to this document is provided through the Emergency Temporary Access Service.

Please note that if you are out of the country, you may not be able to access HathiTrust materials using the steps above. If you experience any issues, please contact me and I will arrange to have the item downloaded for you.

If you're having trouble finding a digitized copy of a print item, try the Internet Archive -- you'll be surprised by the range of materials you can find there.