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Film 320: Media and the Arts

Finding Books

Search QCAT to find books, journals, videos and other materials owned by the Library.  You can search by keywords, author, title or subject headings.
 
To find a specific known item, search by title or author.  To find books on a topic, either try a subject or keyword search.

Subject Headings versus Keyword Searching

 
Subject headings allow you to search the library catalogue for resources on a particular author or topic and are often more productive than keyword searches. 
 
Keyword searches work best if you have multiple concepts or topics. Think of the words that best describe your topic and then connect them with the boolean operators AND OR NOT. Use the results to find relevant titles and identify assigned subject headings for your topic in order to find similar books. 
 
To find books on a topic, use a keyword search if you do not know the correct subject heading for a topic. Think of the focus (or key) words that describe your topic.
 
cinema and "visual arts"
 
Select useful titles and look at the full record for subject headings. Use them to provide more keyword ideas or as individual searches themselves.
 
(cinema or film or "motion pictures") and "visual arts"
"motion pictures" and (painting or photography)
 
Examples of subject headings:
 
Art and motion pictures
Digital art
Digital media
Mass media and the arts
Media
Motion pictures
Motion pictures Aesthetics
Motion pictures and the arts
Motion pictures and theater
New media art
Video art
Visual communication
 

Browsing the Library Shelves

Browsing the library shelves is another strategy for locating information on a topic. Most books related to Film  and Media Studies are located in the call number range PN1990 - PN1999 on the 4th floor of Stauffer Library.
 
Use the following call numbers as a guide.
 
CB478   Technology and society
GN347   Visual anthropology,
               motion pictures
HM851   Information technology 
PN1990  Broadcasting
PN1991  Radio broadcasts
PN1992  Television broadcasts
PN1993  Motion pictures in general, by
               country
PN1994  Motion pictures laws,
               regulations...
PN1995  Motion pictures - specific themes,
               topics 
and genres
PN1996  Screenwriting
PN1997  Screenplays
PN1998  Biographies of and works about
               directors,
producers,,,.
PN2287, PN2308, PN2329 
               Actors, actresses
T14.5      Impact of technology on modern
               society
TR          Photography, cinematography
Z5784     Bibliographies on film studies