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Film Studies

Finding Books

The UBC Library catalogue is a good place to start looking for books on your topic. To enhance and improve your search results, use truncation (?) in your keyword searches and try searching the subject headings assigned to books on your topic. Before you begin searching, consider your topic and write down the key concepts. What are the keywords that describe your subject? Think of related words, synonyms, and different spellings.

Browsing Subjects and Call Numbers

Browse the results list of your keyword search and look at the full records to see the subject headings assigned for relevant titles. Note that the results are sorted by relevance. You can change the results to sort by date, author, or title. Click on the subject headings to find more books on your topic.  

Some examples of subject headings to search for finding books in film studies include: :

  • Motion pictures-United States
  • Motion pictures-United States-History
  • Motion pictures-Canada-History and criticism
  • Motion pictures, Canadian
  • Motion picture actors and actresses-Canada
  • Screenwriters-Canada
  • Cinematographers-Canada
  • Women motion picture producers and directors-Canada
  • Feminist motion pictures-Canada-History and criticism
  • Feminist films-Canada
  • Motion picture industry-Canada-History
  • Motion picture industry-Québec (Province)
  • Federal aid to the motion picture industry Canada
  • National Film Board of Canada
  • Animated films-Canada
  • Cult films-Canada
  • Gangster films-Canada
  • Documentary films-Canada
  • Documentary films-Political aspects-Canada
  • Horror films-Canada
  • Science fiction films-Canada
  • Experimental films-Canada-History and criticism

You can also search for books by film titles and the names of actors, screen writers, film directors, etc.

You can also browse the catalogue by the Library of Congress subject headings and call numbers to find more titles.The primary call number ranges for film studies are  PN 1993 - PN 1999