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Cinema Studies

An overview of the resources available for researchers in the field of Cinema Studies.

Browsing Books is still worthwhile.

Take a moment to look at what is in the stacks.

Rediscover one of the best technologies that was ever invented! The book!

Academic libraries that use the Library of Congress Classification Outline (the majority of them) can easily be browsed for serendipitous discovery of wonderful books in your subject area. All you need to know is the call number range to get yourself situated.

Library of Congress Call Number Areas:

  • PN1992 Television (history, theory, individual shows, writing for television)
  • PN1993 Film journals
  • PN1993.5 Film history (general history first, then grouped alphabetically by country)
  • PN1994-1995 Film theory and appreciation
  • PN1995.9 Films by special topics (e.g., detective films, film noir, war films, etc.)
  • PN1996 Screenplay writing
  • PN1997 Screenplays
  • PN1998 Directors (biographies and criticism)
  • PN2000-2900 Actors and actresses (biographies and studies)

The Library's Catalog

Below are some hints on using the library's catalog to find titles:

  • If you are looking for a specific title and get too many hits, also search by the name of the screenwriter or author (NOT the director). This often helps narrow down hits quickly.   
  • To browse screenplays, try a more general search for the term "Motion picture plays."
  • However, keep in mind that many published scripts (especially for television) have no subject heading at all, and will only have the words "script," "scripts," or "screenplay" in the title. You can, however, do a subject search for the name of a film or program, and this will sometimes produce a title that includes the script.

Search the NYU Libraries Catalog for Books and Articles

Search here for books, articles, journals and other print materials, videos, sound recordings, e-books, e-journals, databases, and indexes in our local libraries and special collections.



Worldcat is a great place to find those hard to find books and films.  If you are having a hard time finding a particular film or book this is the place to look! It contains more than 43 million records describing items owned by our libraries or libraries around the world.


Online Texts are very convenient and easy to search and use. 

EZ Borrow & InterLibrary Loan

Use Interlibrary Loan or EZBorrow for books Bobst does not own.

Oxford Bibliographies Online

Use Oxford Bibliographies Online to find some of the most highly thought of texts.

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