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CIN201: Film Cultures 1: Art & Industry

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

Specific Collections in this Platform

Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections

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.

Browse by MHL Digital Collections

  • MHL staff have curated selections of digital collections relevant to topics
  • 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) 
Search Interface for Margaret Herrick Library's Digital Collections  

Resources Types in the Platform

  • Correspondences
  • Photographs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Film magazines
  • Industry Publications

Search Basics for this Platform

Building a search with Margaret Herrick Library'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 which excludes keyword)
  • AVOID using Asterisk * as a wildcard option for truncation

Filter Search Results

Sort in different ways or limiting by filters on the left side (e.g., scrapbooks).

Screen shot of Margaret Herrick Library search results highlighting Sort By and filters

Cite Sources

To find the citation information for a source, scroll to the bottom of the page and look for Object Description. 

Look over the Title and Description fields for the relevant info to include in your bibliography, but you may need to pull additional details from the scan (e.g., Name of Author, pages numbers). If you are unsure, contact the Cinema Studies Librarian or take advantage of Ask a Librarian Chat Service

screenshot Margaret Herrick Digital Collections Object Description for bibliographic details

More Search Tips

Searching within a Record

When you view a record, your original search will automatically be in the search bar which will likely produce no results.

 screenshot of Margaret Herrick Digital Collections record display with the search within field highlighted


To search the record, delete extra keywords and date filtering from the search bar to get results within the record. 

Zoomed-in screenshot of "Search this record" total number of results.