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Film Studies: Home

The purpose of this guide is to help you get started with research about or incorporating film or related media.

About this guide...

There is an ever-growing literature on film-related topics ranging from media theory, techniques and production, studies of culture, gender, narrative, genre, national identity, and aesthetics to directing and acting. Film studies is a strongly interdisciplinary field. This means that not every resource you may need will be labeled 'film studies.' You may need books that directly address related subjects, such as critical theories, gender studies, ethnic studies, or historical topics.

There are two main 'tracks' for the guide--light or recreational film research and in-depth film research. 

The "Local Film Info" tab has information about film events and organizations in Pittsburgh. It also has information about film studies and activities at CMU and the University of Pittsburgh.

The "Watching Film" tab has information on locating films in our library, online sources for viewing them, and popular apps.

If Carnegie Mellon doesn't have the resource you need, you can use E-Z Borrow or InterLibrary Loan to request it from another library. You can also try searching Pittcat, University of Pittsburgh's library catalog. CMU students, faculty, and staff can borrow books from Pitt