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Research Guide: Film 

Finding Books

Using Catalogs: Use the WSU online catalog to find location and availability of books and other media in Stewart Library. Most of the books on film are located on level two of the library in the General Collection beginning with call numbers PN1995. The most useful term to use in the catalog is the Library of Congress Subject Heading "motion pictures." 

From Bookstores: Order books online from Amazon Books, Barnes and Noble or Yahoo Books Page. Also use Books in Print sources as needed.

Interlibrary Loan: If we do not own a particular book or article you need, we will borrow it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan.


Reference Resources

Reference resources include encyclopedias, dictionaries and other materials you use to "refer" to. Use these and many other resources for background information on a topic.


  • Encyclopedia Britannica - a fully searchable and browsable article database, with hundreds of articles not found in the print Britannica. It also includes Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary


  • The Encyclopedia of Novels into Film - Reference PN1997.85.T54 1998
  • Encyclopedia of Film Themes, Settings and Series - Reference PN1997.8.A76 2001
  • Film Noir - Reference PN1995.9.F54F55 1992
  • Literature and Film  - Reference Z5784.M9W37
  • VideoHound's World Cinema  - Reference PN1995.9.F67W56 1999



Finding Articles


To find articles on your topic you need to use article databases, also known as periodical indexes. Each database usually covers a group of subject related journals. Search by subject or keyword in these indexes. For home or off campus access please use your WSU Login.


  • Many articles and film reviews can be found in newspapers and broadcast news services available on the Web


Current magazines and journals can be browsed in the Current Periodicals Area, in the PN1 section on the Main level. Bound volumes of older issues are found upstairs in the periodicals stacks.



Web Resources

Here are some WWW sites to get you started. Most of these will take you to other links, so explore!


Searchable Film Databases

  • All-Movie Guide - similar to the Internet Movie Database below. Good info on film content and ratings. Search by genre, country, actor, film title, mood and other categories.
  • Internet Movie Database - probably the best and most comprehensive searchable database of  movie information, now owned by
  • TV Guide Movie Database - cast, credits and reviews for more than 40,000 movies, plus filmographies for thousands of actors and other filmmakers

Movie Industry Information

Film and Video Movie Reviews

Movie Scripts 

  • Drew's Script-O-Rama - what were Hal's last words in 2001 ? What was Bogey's first line in Casablanca? Find it here!

Film Organizations

Academy Awards


Movie Trailers, Previews, and Media Players

Research Tips

Updated December 29, 2008 . Please send comments to Ed Spangler
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