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Film Guide to Resources

Searching by Subject

These are some examples of subject headings in the VCL catalog.  The same subject headings are used in ConnectNY and WorldCat. 

Examples of subject headings:

One way to find subject headings leading to material related to your topic in a catalog or database is to start with a keyword search and then follow the linked subject headings in the records that come up.

National Cinemas

One way to get started in researching a director, era, or movement in film in a particular country is to find books about the national cinema of that country and then use the back-of-the-book index and table of contents to find the sections that are relevant to you.  

Here are some examples of the structure of the subject headings that will lead you to those sources:

Motion Pictures -- Mexico

Motion Pictures -- India

You can also search for books with a director, actor or film movement as subject.

Scorsese, Martin

Identifying and Finding Videos in the Vassar Library Collection

You can search for DVDs and streaming videos in our collection by searching the Vassar Online Catalog.

To search for films made by a director or featuring an actor, change the drop-down menu to author and enter the name first last:  

Campion, Jane

To search for films made in a particular country (a national cinema), change the drop-down menu to genre/form, change "view entire collection" to "videos/DVDs"  and enter motion pictures country:

Motion Pictures Mexico

What Else is Out There?

 Find Books in Other Libraries

Use ConnectNY and WorldCat to find books in other libraries.

These databases use the same set of subject headings we use in our online catalog.  See the box on the left for suggested subject headings for your topics.  If you don't know what subject heading to use, try a keyword search first and follow subject headings for relevant books to find others on the same topic.

To get books you find in WorldCat that are not at Vassar or in ConnectNY, use ILLiad.