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Film Studies Research Guide (Loudoun)

Guide created by Julie Combs & Eliza Selander. Direct comments to

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Film & Literature

"Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit but taste completely different." - Stephen King

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Search Tips

Search for books on your topic in the library catalog.  In addition to searching for books on your topic, you may also want to search by broader terms to include the cultural and/or historical context of the film. 

Sample keywords include:

  • film adaptations
  • film criticism
  • motion pictures and literature
  • film genre and criticism (fantasy films and criticism)
  • film title or author (Sense and Sensibility or Jane Austen)
  • fictional character (Katniss Everdeen)

Select 'Request Item' to have books from other NOVA libraries sent to Loudoun for pick up. If your book is at Loudoun be sure to write down the call number in order to locate the book on the shelf.

E-books and e-videos are accessible through the catalog. If you see any in your search results, click 'Online access' to open.

Library Databases

The best way to locate articles is through the library databases.  Go to Databases by Subject and look under Communication Studies, Film, & Theatre (CST) to find a list of relevant databases. Depending on the scope of your topic, you may also want to look in the subject listing English (Literature) to find literary criticism. You can also perform a search in the databases below.

Remember not to write sentences in the search box.  Search by keyword, film/book title and/or name of director/author. 

Look for additional keywords or subjects offered. Also make sure to look for toolbars that provide print, email, and citation options.

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