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Cinema Studies Libary Guide: Home


A number of librarians and library units are responsible for cinema studies. Please send general inquires and purchase requests to or email one of the subject librarians listed below.

To request films for classes, use the Course Reserves page at under Requesting Purchases for Reserves.

Atoma Batoma | | Africa
Courtney Becks | | African American & Jewish
Paula Carns | | Iberia, France, Scandinavia
Kit Condill | | Eastern Europe & Eurasia
Laila Hussein | | Middle East & North Africa
ShuYong Jiang | | China
Matt Roberts | | US and UK |
Lisa Romero | | Production & Industry
Yoo-Seong Song | | Korea
Antonio Sotomayor | | Latin America & Caribbean
Marek Sroka | | Germany and Poland
Steve Witt | | Japan

Cinema Studies Guides at the Library


Brigitte Mira and El Hedi Salem in Angst essen Seele auf (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany 1973)


This guide provides an overview of how to locate Books, Films, Popular Reviews and Scholarly Criticism, and information about World Cinema and Animated Film.  

In this guide:

  • Finding Films: a selection of resources inclusive of reviews and more in-depth discussions of films.
  • Finding Books: a selection of print and electronic resources providing essential information about films.
  • Popular Reviews and Scholarly 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.
  • 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.


Book summaries text is taken from Books in Print.

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Jack Haley, Judy Garland, Ray Bolger and Bert Lahr in The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, USA 1939)


The film encyclopedia : the complete guide to film and the film industry

Katz, Ephraim.; Nolen, Ronald Dean.

New York : Collins Reference; ©2012

Call Number: Communications Library - Reference: 791.4303 K15f2012


Features alphabetically organized entries on the artistic, technical, and commercial aspects of movies, including style, genres, actors and actresses, directors, producers, and motion picture studios.

Encyclopedia of best films : a century of all the finest movies

Nash, Jay Robert, author.

Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield; 2019

Call number: Communications Library Reference Non-circulating ; Q. PN1993.45 .N37 2019

"This all-inclusive A-Z encyclopedia by one of the world's foremost experts on cinema provides comprehensive annotations of the best films produced from 1914 on. The work offers more than 5,000 three- to five-star entries (three stars=good; four stars=excellent; five stars=masterpiece), and yes, author Jay Robert Nash has viewed every single one of them as well as many more that did not "make the cut."

"In addition to a precis, each film's entry also includes a listing of the cast as well as the key principles involved in production, from the director to the hair stylist. Especially unique to this book is a rating system that helps parents determine whether or not a film is appropriate for their children. ... Rounding out this essential volume for the film buff are over 500 still photos from the author's private collection"--Back cover.

Contents: volume 1: A-J -- volume 2: K-R -- volume 3 : S-U -- volume 4: V-Z.

Call Number: Main Stacks; Oak Street; 792.5 IN81