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Television and Film

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For SDSU book holdings check the Library Catalog in OneSearch. The Catalog is the online tool used for finding books and multimedia in the SDSU Library. Books can be searched by keyword, author, title, or subject.


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WorldCat [SDSU]

WorldCat is an online catalog of library collections in over 170 countries.

Finding Books in WorldCat

This five minute video will explain how to find and request books in the WorldCat database.


Looking for TV and Film theses written by SDSU students?

Search the Library Catalog using the Subject Headings:

SDSU thesis (Television, Film, and New Media Production)

SDSU thesis (Television, Film, and New Media) 

SDSU theses published after 2010 may be available online in the SDSU Theses and Dissertations repository.


To find theses and dissertations written worldwide, try ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full Text

Film and Television Criticism in Books!

Academic scholarship for television and film is frequently published in books in addition to journals. You may find books that engage in research about a a single film or television show. However, there is also extensive information in books about the director, stars, films of an era, or films in a particular genre. Use the Library Catalog to search for books, looking under the film or show title, the director or other key players as subjects. For film, you might also use the term "Motion Pictures" with various subdivisions such as History, names of nations, etc. and specific genres (film noir, western films, science fiction films, etc). For television, you might try a subject search that begins with "Television" or "Video," or try phrases like, "violence on television" or "comedy programs" (which is used instead of situation comedies).