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This page outlines resources to support screenwriting and the academic study of this field in Cinema Studies. 

Search Tips for Screenwriting & Screenplay Resources

Subject headings are similar to tags or hashtags. They describe the topic of an item in a database, but unlike tags they come from an official, standardized set of terms and are assigned by cataloguing experts.

  1. Go to UTL LibrarySearch Advanced Search
  2. Choose Subject from the Search Filters drop-down menu on the left. 
  3. Enter any of the Subject Headings found below exactly as it appears in the Search Box 
    • Use quotation marks ("Motion Pictures", "Motion pictures -- Aesthetics") or change the drop down menu to is (exact) to search for that spelling.
  4. Press Enter or click on the Search button in bottom right corner.  

Subject Headings - Screenwriting & Screenplays

  • Motion Picture Plays
  • Motion Picture Authorship
  • Screenplays
  • Screenwriters
  • Women Screenwriters
  • African American Screenwriters
  • African American Women Screenwriters
  • Screen Writers' Guild
  • Characters and Characteristics
  • Characters and Characteristics in Motion Pictures
  • Criticism and Interpretation 
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Storytelling 
  • Film Adaptations
  • Film Critics
  • History and Criticism 
  • Online Authorship
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Plots, Themes, Etc. 
  • Production and Direction
  • Special Effects
  • Technique
  • Motion Pictures Acting
  • Motion Pictures Industry
  • Motion Pictures Producers and Directors 
  • Television Authorship
  • Television Plays
  • Television Writers

For additional search tips for subject headings: 


Film Script Database



Writing Software


Interviews with Screenwriters (Streaming)