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CIN201: Film Cultures 1: Art & Industry

A comprehensive guide to scholarly resources - books, journal articles, primary source material.

Finding Books - Browse/Subject search

Using Browse / Subject Headings

Using Browse/Subject search will take you directly to books on your topic in the UTL catalogue. It is a fast and efficient method of finding books on specific topics. Initial results are arranged alphabetically, and indicate at a glance the geographical and topical sub-headings associated with your subject.

Using the UTLCat link below, enter Subject Headings, exactly as they appear, in the Search Box, then choose Subject from the drop-down menu:

UTLCat Browse/Subject Search

Some examples to try when searching by subject headings 

  • national cinemas - Enter the phrase motion pictures and country name (e.g. motion pictures and France);
  • genres (e.g., comedy, documentary, westerns, etc.): Enter the genre name with films (e.g. comedy films, documentary films, or western films;
  • specific topics (e.g., violence, women, surrealism, etc.): Enter the topic and motion pictures as the subject heading  (e.g., violence in motion pictures, women in motion pictures, surrealism in motion pictures, etc.); 
  • individuals (i.e., an actor or director) - Enter the individual's name as the subject heading (last name, first name e.g. Ford, John);
  • specific film title - The Subject Heading will be the title of the film e.g., Blue Angel, not The Blue Angel. In this case, search by Title or Subject.
  • specific studio - Enter the name of the studio (e.g., allied artists, or warner brothers) and search by Subject.

Filter your list of search results:

Within a list of results, use the filters (or facets) on the left side-bar to sort and/or limit, the list by selecting:

  • Language = English
  • Format = Books
  • If the quantity of your results is large and unwieldy, select Publication Year = 2010-present, 2000-2009, etc.
  • Lastly, using the menu (upper right), sort by Publication Date, to display the list chronologically, the most recently published title at the top.

The following video may be helpful:

Finding Books - Keyword (anywhere) search

Using Keywords

  • The use of language i.e., the words you select  as search terms, is vital to the effectiveness of your search. This may involve some trial and error.  Often, the most useful source of language is the assignment handout itself. Read it carefully, paying close attention to the keywords the instructor uses in describing the scope of the assignment (which may include limitations, too).
  • Go to UTLibrary homepage enter key words or phrases, singly or in combination, e.g., Bazin theory cinema. Enclose phrases e.g., "film noir" in double quotes. Sample search: "film noir" violence
  • NOTE: In a keyword (or anywhere) search, the operative word is cinema, not films or motion pictures.
  • Tips: When searching In UTCat, punctuation is not necessary: words are not case-sensitive. Use an asterisk * at the end of, or within, the spelling of a word to find variations of that word e.g., rac* will search for race, racial, racism, etc; wom*n will search for woman and women.

Organizing your list of results:

Wthin a list of  results, use the so-called facets on the left side-bar to sort and/or limit, the list by selecting:

  • Language = English
  • Format = Books
  • If the quantity of your results is large and unwieldy, select Publication Year = 2010-present, 2000-2009, etc.
  • Lastly, using the menu (upper right), sort by Publication Date, to display the list chronologically, the most recently published title at the top.

The following video may be helpful: