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Film Studies: Books & More

This Library Research Guide will provide you with access to and information about some of the best resources in McFarlin Library related to Film Studies.

Where are the books shelved?

Most of the film studies books are located on the north end of the Main Level in McFarlin Library's west wing.

Books relating to cinema (and drama in general) have call numbers beginning with the letters "PN". The letters and numbers that follow indicate the specific subject area. For example:

  • PN1600-3307 - Drama
    • PN1993-1999 - Motion pictures
      • PN1993.5 - History of film by country
        • PN1993.5.U6 - United States
  • PN1994 - General works on cinema
  • PN1995 - General special: film criticism, aesthetics, etc.
    • PN1995.7 - Pictures and sound
      • PN1995.75 - Silent film
    • PN1995.9.A-Z - Special topics (not country-specific)
      • PN1995.9.F54 - Film noir
      • PN1995.9.H6 - Horror
      • PN1995.9.M83 - Music
  • PN1996 - Authorship, scenario writing, etc.
  • PN1997-1997.85 - Plays, scenarios, etc.
  • PN1998 - Biography
    • PN1998.3.F45 - Fellini, Federico
  • PN2287, PN2308, etc. - Individual actors and actresses
    • PN2287.G3 - Clark Gable
    • PN2598.L46 - Vivien Leigh

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HINT: To search for an exact title, enclose the title in quotation marks: for example, "Diplomat in Carpet Slippers"

If you need assistance in using the ProQuest ebooks, please consult ProQuest's Ebook Central LibGuide which provides detailed instructions, including tutorials on using the online reader, and how to download ebooks.  You may also contact the McFarlin Library Research Dept.  The librarians will be happy to help!

Look for More Books

Can't find what you need at McFarlin? Use these resources to locate books that may be available online or from other libraries. If you find a book you want:

  1. Check Summon to be sure McFarlin doesn't have it
  2. Then go to the Interlibrary Loan Department and request a copy