Finding Film and Media in the Library
General media items-- including VHS tapes, CDs, CD-Roms, and music cassettes -- and
Microformsare currently housed on the first floor of the J.D. Williams Library. DVDs are housed in the Baxter Room on the East side of the second floor.
Music LPs are stored offsite and may be requested.
How long can I check out a DVD? (or other format)Please refer to the Loan Policy.
Finding MusicFor information on finding a score or music in various formats or a video/DVD about music, please refer to the Music Subject Guide.
Finding FilmsBegin by searching the online catalog.
Don't know where to start?Use a KEYWORD search to look for certain words in a catalog record.
Search by: KEYWORD -- Limit by format (video/films)
NOTE: the word "movies" is rarely used in a library catalog. Search for "films" instead.
- insurance fraud
- eating disorders
- world war ii
Are you looking for a specific film?Search by: TITLE
- rear window -- Look for the VHS/DVD icon in the item list!
NOTE: a TITLE SEARCH can also bring up books or materials ABOUT a certain film, such as criticism or interpretation or, in some cases, an original screenplay.
Are you looking for a specific actor/actress or director?Search by: AUTHOR (last name first)
- hitchcock, alfred
- stewart, jimmy
- kelly, grace
Are you searching for a certain TYPE of film?Search by: SUBJECT
- feature films
- documentary films
- historical films
- detective and mystery films
- adventure films
- horror films
- war films
- silent films
- animated films (but for The Simpsons? Animated television series)
- foreign films (if looking for a specific country, include that in your search --> foreign films france)
Are you looking for a film adaptation of a book?
- Search by TITLE, and look for the VHS/DVD icon in the item list -- OR
- Search by SUBJECT with the official version of the author's name with "film and video adaptations
- shakespeare william 1564-1616 film and video adaptations
Are you looking for a specific FORMAT?Search by TITLE:
- dvd videodiscs
- vhs videotapes
Finding Film Reviews
Movie Review Query Engine
The largest online database for movie reviews; includes reviews, news, interviews and other material associated to specific movies.
Academic Search Premier
Search for film reviews in newspapers and magazines, including scholarly journals.
MLA International Bibliography
Search for peer reviewed journal articles; will not include popular press.
With more than 250,000 titles and 850,000 review links in its
ever-growing database, RT offers a fun and informative way to discover
the critical reaction on movies neatly summarized via the Tomatometer.
Finding Film Information
Internet Movie Database
Includes cast and production information for film and television productions. Reviews are submitted by users.