Film Studies: UC Berkeley Library
How to Find Books and Dissertations on Film History and Criticism



Selected Subject Headings for Searching OskiCat

It is often easiest and most productive to search for books (and journal articles) using keywords and phrases. For example: In looking for a book about gender representation in American film, try searching using the words/phrases:

  • gender
  • women
  • sex role
  • masculinity (or masculine)
  • film (or cinema or motion pictures)
  • American (or United States)

    Note: In OskiCat you can use an asterisk (*) as a "wild card" at the ends of words -- for example: masculin* would yeild the keywords masculine and masculinity,

  • You can also search for books (and journal articles)by using established subject headings. For example:

  • Motion pictures
  • Silent films
  • Film criticism
  • Motion picture authorship
  • Love in motion pictures
  • Mental illness in motion pictures
  • Race relations in motion pictures
  • Motion pictures in propaganda
  • Surrealism in motion pictures
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
  • Motion picture producers and directors
  • Screenwriters
  • Women in Motion Pictures
  • Asians in Motion Pictures
  • African American women in motion pictures
  • Homosexuality in motion pictures
  • Motion picture industry
  • Women in the motion picture industry
  • Title of film as subject (e.g. Birth of a nation Motion picture)
  • Director's name as subject (e.g. Scorsese, Martin)
  • Film star as subject (e.g. Chaplin, Charlie)
  • In using subject headings, a number of standard subdivision phrases may be attached, for example:

  • History
  • (e.g. Women in the motion picture industry -- History)
  • Criticism and interpretation
  • (e.g. Charlie Chaplin -- Criticism and interpretation)
  • Bibliograpy
  • (Asians in Motion Pictures -- (Indians in motion pictures -- Bibliography)
  • Plots, themes, etc.
  • (e.g. Religion in motion pictures -- Plots, themes, etc.)
  • Interviews
  • (e.g. Motion picture producers and directors -- Interviews)
  • Chronology
  • (e.g. Motion Pictures -- Ireland -- Chronology)
  • (e.g. Homosexuality in motion pictures -- Spain)
  • The following are examples of genre and thematic terms that can be used to search for books in OskiCat:

    • Feature films
    • Video art
    • Short films
    • Animated films
    • Film adaptations
    • Historical films
    • Biographical films
    • Documentary films
    • Experimental films
    • Cinema verite
    • War films
    • Epic films
    • Foreign films
    • Gangster films
    • Detective and mystery films
    • Spy films
    • Film noir
    • gangster films
    • New wave films
    • Comedy films
    • Screwball comedy films
    • Western films
    • Adventure films
    • Samurai films
    • Fantasy films
    • Science fiction films
    • Horror films
    • Musical films
    • Religious films
    • Police films
    • Star Wars films
    • Superman films
    • Dracula films
    • Erotic films
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