Film and Theater Research Guide


To search for books on Film and Theater, go to “Search Library Catalog” on the left side of the Library webpage. For best results, use “Advanced Search” and enter your search terms.                                              Books on Film will be found in the section beginning with PN in the Library of Congress system. For example:
America on film : representing race, class, gender, and sexuality at the movies / Harry M. Benshoff and Sean Griffin.   PN1995.9.M56 B46 2004

Apocalyptic dread : American film at the turn of the millennium / Kirsten Moana Thompson. PN1995.9.H6 T47 2007

Books on Theater will also be found in the PN section as well as other nearby sections.

Forgeries of memory and meaning : Blacks and the regimes of race in American theater and film before World War II / Cedric J. Robinson  PN1995.9.N4 R58 2007

Politics, plague, and Shakespeare's theater : the Stuart years / Leeds Barroll PR3097 .B37 1991

When searching for plays, try searching by the author’s name or the title of the play.

Journal Articles:

Go to the “Online Library” beneath “Search Library Catalog”. You will find several databases under “Arts & Humanities” which deal with theater and film. These will include

Bloom’s Literature

Arts and Humanities Through the Eras

Contemporary Literary Criticism

These databases will not only give you information about the works themselves but also criticism and thematic data which will help with your research.

Online Searching

There are numerous websites dealing with film and theater. Two of the most popular are:
For film:

For Broadway shows:

Others are:  and

Remember that the Giovatto Library houses a large collection of DVDs including some of the latest releases. These are available to be checked out and viewed at your leisure.

There is also the Columbia Film Archive housed in the Library.

For all your research needs, see the Reference Librarian who can direct you to the best sources.

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