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Animation Study Guide: Home

A critical look at the world of animation..

Finding Materials

Consult the Online Library Catalog

There are two ways to search the UIUC Library catalog. Both offer the same content, but the method of searching and presentation of results varies:

  1. The VU Find Catalog requires users to register (i.e., to create a login ID and a password).
    It also allows users to search books in other I-share collections (see below for more details.)
  2. The Classic Search  interface focuses specifically on the UIUC catalog.
    Basic searches do not allow users to search by subject headings. (see side box).

Users may have a choice of two different types of materials:

Print books

Users may retrieve the materials themselves (and at the same time, search around the selected item, as there are may be other useful titles in the same call number range). Please be sure to note the call number, title, and location (Library Unit) for the material in question. Alternately, users may request items and pick them up at any of the departmental libraries. 

Electronic Books

Access to e-books will depend on arrangements made with the publisher. In some cases you will be able to download full books via PDF. In others you might be able only to view the book online. In all cases the Library follow the publisher's requirements.

What if my book is not in the UIUC Online Library Catalog?

Expand search to include I-Share Libraries 

Once you have verified that the book you are looking for is either not located in the UIUC catalog or all copies are checked out, you may order it through VU Find Catalog. Items typically arrive within 5-10 days and you will receive an email when the item is available for pick up.

What if my book is not available in I-Share?

Check other institutions via Interlibrary Loan

If the item is not available in the Illinois catalog and it is not available through I-Share, then your next stop will be Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery. First, keep your full citation handy -- you'll need it. Second, login to the ILLiad server using your NetID and password. From the ILLiad main menu, select "Request a Book." Be sure to fill out as much of the form as possible, including the source of your citation. This will ensure that ILL can place your request in a timely manner. You'll be notified by email when your item is ready to be picked up.

WorldCat-You can search WorldCat to find books on your topic, which might not be in the UIUC nor the I-share catalog. Once you find a title of interest, you can order it through Interlibrary Loan


The Animation Study Guide provides users with an overview of some of the key works on the subjects of animated film history, criticism, and theory. It also provides resources for finding articles in serial publications and anthologies.

Citing Films and Media

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

Finding AudioVisual Materials at the UIUC Library

The Undergraduate Library Media Collection holds a wide variety of material on DVD, BluRay Disc, and VHS. Many of these materials may be borrowed for up to one week, although some (materials on reserve for specific courses) do not cirulate. There are  two self check-out stations near the entrance to the collection (located on the lower level of the Undergraduate Library). Patrons may also prefer to check materials out at the front desk on the upper level of the library. 

To locate specific titles:

1. Use the library catalog's Classic Search and search by subject. (For example, to search for animated films from Japan, enter "Animated films--Japan" in the "Subject" field.)

2. Use the library catalog's  VuFind Advanced Search Narrow searches by simultaneously searching by keyword, title, author, and/or subject. Then click the box above "film/video" to further narrow results.

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