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A Guide to Film Studies: Reference Works

Browsing for Reference Works

Books, including those in Reference, are shelved in general subject categories using the Library of Congress classification system. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic. Below is a list of some of the subject locations in the field of Film Studies.


    • M 176 : Instrumental Music for Motion Pictures

    • PN : Performing Arts, Show Business

           o   1600-1692 Dramatic theory, playwriting, composition

           o   1865-1999 Types of drama

           o   1991 Radio

           o   1992 Television

           o   1993 Film journals

           o   1993.5 Film history

           o   1994-1995 Film theory

           o   1995.9 Films by genre

           o   1996 Screenplay writing

           o   1997 Screenplays

           o   1998 Directors

           o   2000-2900 Actors and actresses

           o   3000-3299 Dramatic representation, theatrical management, staging, accessories, pageants

    • TR 845-89 : Cinematography

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Why Use Reference Works?

Specialized reference works such as encyclopedias provide overviews and can give you a good sense of what's out there and what different approaches are being taken to a given topic. Most of our reference sources are located in the Reference Collection on the main floor of the library. Some are available online.

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