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Film & Television: Finding Books


When not searching the catalog for a specific item, keyword searching is recommended.

You may need to broaden your search or try alternate keywords before finding books on a particular topic. Check out this helpful tutorial if you get stuck on research: Research Help Guide

Sample keywords:

Film theory

"Film noir"

Film AND feminism


Motion picture

Motion picture AND history

Other Borrowing Options

No online full text? Not in the library? Check out these other options for obtaining materials!

UW System Borrowing: University of Wisconsin System Borrowing allows library users with a valid UWM ID to request, borrow and return materials from any participating library within the UW System. These requests usually take 3-5 business days. Users may request these materials online and pick them up (and return them) at the Circulation Desk. UWM students and faculty also have access to any UW System library. Use your UWM ID card to gain entrance and check out materials from any UW System library.

Interlibrary Loan: When articles and materials are not available through UW System Borrowing, obtain them by making a request through ILLiad. For more on ILLiad, click here. (Exception: Items that are held at the UWM Libraries, but are on reserve or are checked out, may NOT be requested through Interlibrary Loan).

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Browsing the Shelves

Browsing can be a great way to find books on your area of interest!

The books at UWM Libraries are all shelved according to the Library of Congress Classification System. Please note that the term used in the LC system is "motion picture"--for example "motion picture--history."

Film is an interdisciplinary area. As such, there are different areas within the library with books on this topic. These areas will all have different call numbers and can be found in different places within the library. Click here for building information and floorplans.

A sample of topic areas within film:

* PN 1993 - 1999 is the area about motion pictures.

TR 845 - 899 is for cinematography for motion pictures. 

ZA 4550 - 4575 is information resources regarding motion pictures and video recordings.