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Film Study Reference Guide: Home

Contact Information

Questions or comments on this guide? Please contact Robert Cagle, Cinema Studies and Media Services Specialist.

Citing Films and Media

This page from Berkeley offers comprehensive guidance on how to cite films and other media in your bibliography.

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The Film Study Reference Guide provides students and scholars with an introduction to some of the key works on the subjects of film history, criticism, and theory, and with resources for finding articles in serial publications and anthologies.

In this guide you will find:

  • Quick References: a selection of print and electronic resources providing essential information about films.
  • Film Reviews: a selection of resources inclusive of reviews and more in-depth discussions of films.
  • Film Theory and Criticism: a bibliography of print resources meant to assist you with learning about various critical,  theoretical, and historical points of view on film, ranging from classic texts to more recent works.
  • Film Topics: print and electronic resources based on selected topics including genre studies, star studies, and social issues in film.
  • World Cinema: print and electronic resources based on films from various continents.
  • Animation: print and electronic resources based on animation studies, including history and theory from around the world.

We also offer guides to research on films of specific countries:

Book summaries text is taken from Books in Print.

Finding Films

Finding Films at the UIUC Library

The Undergraduate Library Media Collection has many different kinds of films. They can be found on the bottom floor of the Undergraduate Library (UGL) and can be borrowed for a week. There is a self check-out station near the collection, or the films can be checked out at the front desk on the main library floor. Most films are DVDs, but there are some VHS tapes.

To find them, use the following search strategies.

1. Use the library catalog's Classic Search and search by subject. For instance, if you were seeking films from Spain, you would use "Feature films -- Spain" or "Motion pictures -- Spain" as your search terms in the "Subject" field.

2. Use the library catalog's  VuFind Advanced Search You can narrow your search by simultaneously searching by keyword, title, author, or subject. Then click the box above "film/video" to narrow your search to films.


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