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CIN210: Horror Film

Subject Headings in Library Catalogue

Search using Subject Headings

  1. Go to UTL LibrarySearch Advanced Search

  2. Enter any of the Subject Heading found below exactly as it appears in the Search Box 

  3. Choose Subject from the Search Filters drop-down menu on the left

  4. Press Enter or click on the Magnifying Glass icon


For additional information on subject headings in LibrarySearch, visit How can I use subject headings to improve my searching?


Subject Headings

  • Horror films
  • Archetype (psychology) in motion pictures
  • Blaxploitation films
  • Cult films
  • Evil in motion pictures
  • Fantasy films
  • Frankenstein films
  • Masochism in motion pictures
  • Misogyny in motion pictures
  • Monsters in motion pictures
  • Sadism in motion pictures
  • Sensationalism in motion pictures
  • Terror in motion pictures
  • Thrillers
  • Vampire films
  • Violence in motion pictures
  • Zombie films

For Individual Directors

Search as above; use last name, first name

  • e.g., argento dario or craven wes, etc.


For Individual Film Titles

Search as above; use quotation marks to direct the database to search for particular words in a particular order. 

  • e.g., "Cat People", "Goodnight Mommy" etc.


For Horror Film Studios

Be aware that headings will vary; search as above

  • e.g., Hammer film productions


Tips for building your search

Choosing your Search Terms

Think of the language that will be the most effective for your search and keep track of search terms that produce the best results. Ask yourself: 

  • Will your topic be discussed in the news using scholarly terms or would other terminology be more effective?
  • Has the terminology changed over time or based on location? 


Designing your Search Strategies

Some databases allow you to enter search terms on separate lines (e.g., enter a keyword the top line and researcher or activist's last name below, so as to articulate your search request)

Use Boolean Operators allow you to widen or narrow the search for your keywords and target your research topic:

Quotations marks (search for specific phrases or names)

  • "social media""freedom of speech""Greta Thunberg" 

  • "racial bias" OR racism 

  • University OR College   

Asterisk * (widen your search results, in certain databases) 

  • institut* = institutions, institution's, institutitional

AND (narrows your search)

  • disability AND institut*

  • "video games"  AND violence

OR (widens your search)

  • autism OR Aspergers 

  • snapchat OR instagram OR "social media"