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Film Reference Sources


Our Reference Collection, on the first floor of the Library, is arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification System, which groups together items on the same subject. The Library's book stacks, on the second and third floors, and our print periodicals, on the second floor, are also arranged according to this system. Some important call numbers for works on film are:

PN 1990-1992.92
    PN 1992-1992.92
PN 1993-1999
    PN 1997-1997.85
TR 845-899
    TR 891
    TR 899
broadcasting
television broadcasting
motion pictures
screenplays, scenarios
cinematography
lighting for motion pictures
editing of motion pictures

You are encouraged to browse in these sections of the Reference Collection. You will find specialized encyclopedias and handbooks, dictionaries of film terms, biographical dictionaries for actors, directors, and other people important to film production, indexes of film reviews, catalogs of films, and directories for the film industry, among other things. If you are looking for specific information, please ask for assistance at the Information desk, also on the first floor.

Here are a few representative sources in the Reference Collection:

Subject encyclopedias are especially useful reference sources. Written on general topics such as international film, or specialized ones, such as film noir, particular ethnic groups in film, women filmmakers, or the films of individual countries, they have summary articles, often written by scholars or other experts, that give you an overview of a topic. You can browse these to help you decide if you are interested in doing more research on the topic. If you have already decided on a topic, these sources may give you a framework or context for your specific investigation. The articles will also give you names of people and places important for the topic, key dates, and other information you can use in further research. Many articles in subject encyclopedias include a bibliography or list of recommended books and articles on the topic. Using these recommendations is a good way to begin more in-depth research.

To find subject encyclopedias, use the HSU Library Catalog, not QuickSearch:

For more help with using the Reference collection, please ask a librarian.