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Theater and Film Research Guide: Film

Resources for drama, acting, technical theater, stagecraft, and film.

Subject Terms

When searching any database (the library catalog, article databases, web searches) the following terms will be useful:

  • Motion Pictures
  • Film
  • Cinema
  • Motion Picture Industry
  • Film Genres
  • Film Criticism
  • Cinematography

For additional subject terms, check the Subject Terms thesaurus in Academic Search Complete

Suggested Books

The following is a list of essential books in the field of film studies which discuss film history, criticism and analysis.

Recommended Databases

Reference Resources

In the Library:

The Film Encyclopedia REF PN1993.45 K34 2001

Magill's Cinema Annual REF PN1995.M34 1982-present

The Motion Picture Guide REF PN1993.M4334

Full-text eBooks:

Suggested Journals & Magazines

Sometimes, searching in Journals and Magazines directly will provide better results. The following is a list of major Journals and Magazines that can be viewed online. You can view the full list of journals by viewing our Film Journal Directory.

Recommended Websites


The following links will take you to registration pages for various listserve groups focusing on theater and film.