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Film and Video Studies

This research guide contains recommended resources for Film and Video Studies (FAVS) majors and students beginning research on film and video topics.

Searching for Books

Type keywords into the Library Search to find books. After you press enter, use the filters on the left column to narrow your results to Resource Type: Books.

 

Library Search Tutorials:

Mason Search Pt 1: Basic Search
Mason Search Pt 2: Advanced Search
Mason Search Pt 3: Manage Search Results

Search Tips

As you search, remember these key tips:

Broaden your Search
When conducting a search, it is important to brainstorm keywords, players, and phrases. Different creators will use different terms for the same concept--one author might use the term "film" while another might use "motion picture."

Example Search: "Hong Kong Films OR Hong Kong Motion Pictures" will yield results with both the phrases "Hong Kong Films" and "Hong Kong Motion Pictures."

 

Narrow your Search
Narrow your search by brainstorming specific people, locations, time periods, and genres.

Example: Keywords related to "Hong Kong Action Cinema":
John Woo
Kung Fu Films
Women AND Martial Arts Films

Browse and Explore!

Getting started on a topic? Looking for inspiration? Try browsing the library stacks! Print resources for film are located primarily in the Fenwick Library. 

Here are some call numbers for film topics:

PN 1993-1999            Motion Pictures

PN 1997-1997.85      Motion Picture Plays (scripts), scenarios, etc.

PN 1993.5 U6 -          Motion Pictures - United States

PN 1995.9.H6 -          Motion Pictures - Horror

TR 845-899                Cinematography

Film related topics may be outside of these call numbers.  For example:

CB430 .K38 2007 is the call number for the M.T. Kato's From kung fu to hip hop : globalization, revolution, and popular culture, which contains valuable information on the intersection of Chinese martial arts films and American culture. This book is filed under the "History" section, but is a film resource as well!