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incl. Animation, B-movies & Cult Cinema, Documentary, Film Noir, Horror, Science Fiction, The Western, Comedy, The Musical.

Finding Books - The Musical

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

UTCat Browse/Subject Search

Subject Headings

  • musical films and motion picture music are the main headings i.e., where the vast majority of books on musicals will be found.
  • concert films
  • filmed musicals
  • motion pictures and music
  • musicals
  • operas film adaptations
  • rock films
  • silent film music

for Individual directors (Search as above; use last name first name)

  • e.g., donen stanley, or minnelli vincente, etc.

for Individual films (Search as above; enter title of film then choose either Subject or Title from drop-down menu; do not use articles a, an, the preceding title)

  • e.g., sound of music, or moulin rouge, etc.

for film studios (headings vary; search as above):

  • e.g., Metro Goldwyn Mayer (not MGM), or Paramount pictures Corporation

If you prefer to browse the shelves:

  • books about musical films are shelved within the Call Number range PN1995.9 .M86; books about motion picture music are shelved within the Call Number range ML2075. Each section includes books on both topics. Innis, Music, and Robarts libaries have substantial holdings in their respective collections;
  • books about film studios are shelved within the Call Number range PN1999.

Where to Find Journal Articles

How To Find Journal Articles

Interdisciplinary databases

Film-specific databases

  • The American Film Institute (AFI) Catalog covers the history of American cinema comprehensively from 1893 to 1975, with full or short records for films from 1976 to present. Use the AFI Catalog to find detailed production information about specific films (incl. release dates and other production-related information), as well as citations to contemporaneous reviews from newspapers (e.g., New York Times); trade & industry publications (Variety); popular magazines (Motion Picture Herald, Photoplay); and review publications (Monthly Film Bulletin), among others.
    Note: There are no direct links to online content from the AFI Catlog. See How to Find Journal Articles below, for instructions on how to use a citation to find a journal article.
  • Film Index International (British Film Institute). Coverage: 1900 - current. The directors selected for inclusion are a) those who have made a fiction film shown theatrically that is over 50 minutes in duration, released between 1928 and 1965, and b) those who have made a fiction film over 60 minutes in duration, post-1965.
    Note: There are no direct links to online content from Film Index International. See How to Find Journal Articles below, for instructions on how to use a citation to find a journal article.
  • International Index to Film Periodicals (1972+) Search by keyword, separating each word or phrase by AND
  • Film & Television Literature Index (1913-current)
  • Film Literature Index (1976-2001).

Reference - The Musical

Everett, William A. The musical: a research and information guide. New York: Routledge, 2011. EBOOK. A comprehensive annotated bibliography of books, journal articles, book chapters, etc. SEE section on Film & Television musicals, incl. Bollywood.

Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film (latest update 2007). Enter musicals or choreography in Search Box.

International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers (latest update 2001) - Provides thorough coverage of films and filmmakers, including legendary films, actors and actresses, directors, writers and other production artists. Entries include a detailed essay written by an expert; biographies; filmographies; comprehensive credits; major awards; and updated bibliographies, ...

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