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Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS)

Selected reference works, electronic resources, and Web sites concerning film history, theory, and criticism.

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Catalyst is the shared online catalog of the libraries of Carleton College and St. Olaf College. It provides an access point to the books, periodicals, government documents, and electronic resources available at Carleton or St. Olaf. 

Library of Congress Subject Headings are the words and phrases you can use to do a subject search in Catalyst (as opposed to a keyword search, where you may use any words you like).

When starting out, it is often helpful to do a keyword search on your topic, and then to examine the subject headings of the results you find relevant. Catalyst displays these subject headings as links and clicking on one of them will automatically conduct a subject search for that particular topic. If you have trouble finding relevant sources using a keyword search, ask a librarian for help.

Search WorldCat, an online catalog for libraries throughout the world, to take your search beyond Northfield.

Relevant Library of Congress Call Numbers

NC1765 - NC1766 Motion picture cartoons (animation)
PN1993 Motion pictures in general, by country
PN1994 Film theory
PN1995 Specific themes, topics, or genres
PN1996 Screenwriting
PN1997 Screenplays
PN1998 Biographies of and works about filmmakers
TR Photography (including technical aspects of filmmaking)

Use the sources below at the beginning of your research to get an overview of a topic or to identify synonyms or related terms that will apply to your topic. Later, return to these sources to clarify concepts or define new vocabulary. These sources also include bibliographical references that may prove helpful.

Selected Online Reference

Selected Reference Books: General