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Film Studies

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.


This page looks at researching "themes" in film. For example, if you wanted to research how "minorities" are portrayed in movies or look at "death", this page will give you tips.

In the Library's collections

The online catalog is always a great place to start your research. Do the search for "motion pictures" as a subject in the online catalog. Besides the pages and pages of listings, one of the first you see is motion pictures -- 540 related subjects. That number changes as we add more books and other resources. Click on it. What you see is a list of related and narrower subjects under Motion pictures. Scroll down the list and go to a different page. You see different genres of films. You also see "[topic] in motion pictures." These are your themes. Click on any one of those and you see what we have in our collection. Use that heading to search WorldCat and you find more possibilities outside our collections.

Internet resource(s)

Keeping up with Film Studies 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 from the journals for which we have subscriptions.

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.