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Film Studies: Screenwriting

This guide is an introduction to the resources for Film Studies at Dartmouth. If you are interested in Television, see the separate research guide for Television.


The books on screenwriting and screenwriters are shelved in the PN 1996 through PN 1997.85 on Baker Level 4.

In the Library's collections

The following are useful subject headings for searching the online catalog.

Introductory reading(s)

Other library resource(s)

Between the collections in Rauner Special Collections and Baker/Berry Libraries, Dartmouth has a large collection of scripts. Do a title search for the movie you want and see what you find.

Finding articles & journals

Articles and other writings about movies can be found in many publications. Our collection doesn't have any current titles that looks at screenwriting. You can use Film & Television Literature Index or the Summon box below to find articles.

Selected book titles

Keeping up with the journal literature

Want an easy way to keep up with the journal literature for all facets of Film Studies? And you use a mobile device? You can install the BrowZine app and create a custom Bookshelf of your favorite journal titles. Then you will get the Table of Contents (ToCs) of your favorite journals automatically delivered to you when they become available. Once you have the ToC's you can download and read the articles you want.

You can get the app from the App Store or Google Play.

Don't own or use a mobile device? You can still use BrowZine! It's now available in a web version. You can get to it here. The web version works the same way as the app version. Find the journals you like, create a custom Bookshelf, get ToCs and read the articles you want.