Welcome to the Film Studies LibGuide
Use this Subject LibGuide to help you make the most of the library and information resources and services.
There are a wide range of online resources that will help you find books, journal articles, film and video and much more, to support your study and research. Key resources are highlighted in the adjacent tabs.
This collection includes:
The American Film Institute's index to American films produced from 1893 to today.
Index of films from over 170 countries, produced by the British Film Institute.
The databases can be cross-searched all at once, or searched separately using the links above.
Research databases index the global literature and provide references to journal articles, books, conference proceedings, reports etc that match your search criteria. They help you to find information about previous publications in your research field.
The databases listed below cover a range of subjects, for when you need to complete a broader search of the literature.
JSTOR provides access to scholarly book, journal and primary sources via an easy to use search interface.
JSTOR holds content relevant to film studies.
The following video shows you how to use ebooks on the JSTOR service.
Use the Databases A-Z List to access all the resources available to you.
You can browse by subject e.g. Film Studies or type (e.g.maps, news, images etc.) or search to find your required resource.
You will also find LibGuides available for these and other subject disciplines.
COPAC - exposes rare and unique research material by bringing together the catalogues of c.90 major UK and Irish libraries.
WorldCAT - search the collections of libraries in your community and tens of thousands more around the world.
SUNCAT - is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK research community, a free tool to help researchers and librarians locate serials held in the UK.
The European Library - access to the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries.
The Library of Congress - catalog records for books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources in the Library of Congress collections in the USA.
LibWeb - Access to a listing of online library catalogues worldwide
CORE - gives an incredibly fast search of the full-text of 80M open access research resources
These are just a few of the audio-visual databases that we subscribe to. You can see a fuller list in the A to Z database here.
Students on Film modules will have access to BFI player's subscription content as well. You should receive details of how to register for this from your module leader.
For theory and criticism relating specifically to film, you can search the following resources:
If you need to broaden out your search, you can try searching these multidisciplinary databases, which cover a range of subjects:
The vast majority of our journal articles are available in digital format, although we do keep older print journals in the Forum Library.
Our journal databases may offer full text access or abstracts only, or sometimes a mixture of both.
Many of our databases fully index their content, by organising them under various subjects. This helps ensure that all potentially relevant articles are captured when searches are carried out.
Use Library Search to find Journal Titles and articles that relate to your research/study area.
For targeted searching, select a research database and explore the published literature in your field. Key databases are flagged above.
You have online access to hundreds of online books. Use the Library Search to search by topic to discover relevant content. Take a look at the following to give you an idea of how you can search and browse online books like these.
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Most of our film resources are available in digital format via databases such as Kanopy, MediaPlus and Box of Broadcasts.
In addition, the Library has a collection of physical DVDs and videos that can be borrowed. For more information on how to search and access our film, DVDs and video collections, click here.
Access screenplays from screenwriters including Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, and Joel and Ethan Coen.
Alongside this, you can explore an interactive timeline of film history, film stills, and a range of e-books.
Don't forget you can also try Library Search to look for screenplays.
For screenwriting resources on Bloomsbury Screen Studies, see this Screenwriting subject guide, developed by Bloomsbury.
Not all scripts are commercially published, so it may not be possible to locate the script you need.
You can find some film scripts using the resources below.
There are also some free internet sources that you can use to find scripts. Some of these sites aren't 'official', so just be mindful of the version you are looking at; it might be an early draft rather than the final shooting script.
The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum is located on the Streatham Campus and contains a wealth of moving image memorabilia from the 17th century to the present and is an important collection relating to the history of film and and moving image.
Click here to find out about the collections, visiting and more.
Access collections of archival film footage from these resources:
Find more resources on Library Search.
Use the Search Techniques LibGuides for lots of hints and tips on successful online searching
As you search you need to keep track of all the material you will be using in your academic work so that you can cite and reference it appropriately.
Always check your module handbook for specific departmental guidance on the style required for your assessed works and dissertations. Check with your personal tutor or dissertation supervisor if you need clarification.
For more guidance take a look at:
Find out more about the skills support available to help you develop a range of academic skills including essay writing, referencing, critical reading and getting the most out of lectures.
Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a great resource to use when you are planning and conducting your research.
It is targeted at social science researchers but is useful across all subject areas as it covers key research methodology topics that are applicable across the research spectrum.
Sage have produced a comprehensive LibGuide to help you get the best from the resource.