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The library has an extensive collection of DVD's, Blu-rays, and VHS as well as numerous streaming video platforms. Here are some tips for searching for films in the catalog:
Filter the results of your search by Video/DVD, DVD only, or Streaming Video.
Search the catalog (Books and More) for specific titles, it helps to put exact titles in quotations like "The Wild Bunch". If you are searching for a film that has a non-English title, the title in the film's original language may appear first in the record.
Search for contributors/creators. Films do not have just one "author" like books do. They have directors, actors, editors, producers- and filter the results.
Search by language. Films are categorized by language, but take note that some films have multiple languages. For example- search the catalog for Motion pictures Japanese and filter the results.
Search for films by country of production- the country of production does not just include a film's location- it includes the countries that financially produced the film as well. So, take this into consideration if you are just looking for films based in a certain place, or national cinemas. For example you can search for Motion pictures Spain, and then filter the results .
Search for films by genre or form, for example Animated films, Western films, War films, Experimental films, Suspense films, Adventure films, Documentary films, Silent films.
Streaming movies are added to the catalog every few months, so for the best results it helps to search the streaming video platform directly. See the links below.
All DVD's, Blu-ray's and VHS are located on the second floor of the library.
Using the Library Catalog
The first place to check for books on your topic is Books & More (Catalog). Here are some quick tips for effective catalog searches:
If you are looking for books by a writer, use the Author search (last name first) (same for any artist, such as a director, musician, or actor.
If you want books about an author, use the Subject Heading Browse search (last name first).
Here are some search tips for searching by subject heading:
Motion pictures - this is the subject heading used for all books about film, including film criticism, reference sources, and books about production.
[Genre] films - searching by specific genres will help you narrow your search, genres include Western films, Experimental films, Silent films, or Documentary films.
[Topic] and motion pictures - If you are focusing on a specific topic, try searching by linking your topic to motion pictures, for example Feminism and motion pictures, Motion pictures and music, Motion pictures and literature.
[Topic] in motion pictures - To find resources about topics in motion pictures such as Death in motion pictures, Ecology in motion pictures, Emigration and immigration in motion pictures.
Motion pictures [country of origin/region] - Search for national cinemas for example Motion pictures China. In the catalog note the official subject heading will be Motion pictures -- China.
Here are some subject headings you may find useful:
Spain - Civilization- 20th century
Spain - History - 20th Century
Spain - Politics and Government
Spain - Social Life and Customs- 20th century
Popular culture--Spain--History--20th century
Art, Modern--20th century--Spain
Spanish literature--20th century
Of course, you can also use keyword searches, especially using terms found in contents notes, abstracts, or subjects headings.
The Internet Archive's moving image collection provides access to nearly a quarter million films, uploaded by users, ranging from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts, and ephemeral films from the Prelinger Archive.
Márgenes es un espacio de cine que ofrece al gran público la posibilidad de acceder a películas iberoamericanas de calidad surgidas en la periferia de la industria cinematográfica convencional o de marcado carácter autoral. Una ventana para dar a conocer, difundir y promocionar la parte más inquieta y atractiva de la creación audiovisual iberoamericana actual. Una herramienta de exhibición, observación y promoción especializada en cine independiente y de calidad.
The EFG Portal gives you quick access to hundreds of thousands of film historical documents as preserved in European film archives and cinémathèques: photos, posters, programmes, periodicals, censorship documents, rare feature and documentary films, newsreels and other materials. Targeted at scientific researchers and the interested public alike, the EFG offers a look at and behind the scenes of filmmaking in Europe from the early days until today.
A multidisciplinary streaming video collection of award winning documentaries, educational films, classic Hollywood movies, and world cinema.
A collection of thousands of films from leading distributers and producers including the Criterion Collection, PBS, BBC, Media Education Foundation, Great Courses, Kino Lorber, California Newsreel, Documentary Education Resources. Covers a vast array of subject areas in sociology, anthropology, the humanities, the arts, womens studies, LGBT studies, business, math, sciences and more. Tools are available to share and create custom clips and playlists, and the platform includes searchable transcripts, and captions. Includes public performance rights for screenings on campus.
A multidisciplinary streaming video collection of documentaries, interviews, performances, news programs and news reels, field recordings, commercials, and raw footage, among others.
Topics covered include history, art and architecture, business, counseling and therapy, dance, opera, theatre, musical performance, anthropology, health and rehabilitation, opera, nursing, science, womens studies, black studies, LGBT studies, and more. Tools are available to make custom clips, create playlists, see synchronized scrolling transcripts, share clips and playlists, view and copy clips and playlists already created.; Streaming video