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Research Guides

CIN201: Film Cultures 1: Art & Industry

A comprehensive guide to for finding the best primary source materials (1895-1968) for your Cinema Studies assignment.

Digital Collections

Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) 

This digital collection contains a complete run of Academy Awards ceremony programs, posters, and rules books, as well as selected photographs and ephemera from the library's extensive holdings.

FIRST - Take a look MHL Digital Collections profile 
  • Browse the digital collections instead searching for a specific topic (use MHL website or find descriptions and links in this guide).
  • Examine the description of the collection to learn more about the topic and materials. Use this info to identify keywords or themes for your assignment (e.g., Janus Barfoed collection contains clippings and ephemera, lobby cards, press sheets, and photographs related to the films of more than 200 Western stars) 
Complete list of Margaret Herrick Library's Digital Collections  


Using Advanced Search - Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections

Building a search with MHL's Advanced Search 

  • Target your Searches by Collection(s)
    • The default is to search all collections. Instead try limit searches to particular collections -  uncheck 'Select All Collections' and choose  collections that interest you the most
    • Be sure to limit your search result to the time period for your topic. Click on Search by Date under the advance search window and enter a start and end time. 


  • Use the dropdown menus instead of operators
  • Under "Enter Search Term" use the following dropdown menu options on the right side
    • All the words (similar to AND) 
    • Any of the words (similar to OR)
    • Exact words (similar to Quotation Marks)
    • None of the words (similar to NOT)
  • AVOID using Asterisk *