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Cinema Studies: Cinema Studies Research Guide

Resources for searching for scholarly information in all areas of cinema.

Welcome to your Cinema Studies Research Guide!

This homepage contains resources for cinema studies in general.  See other tabs for resources relating to specific classes or subject areas.

Where to search for movies

Use OneSearch - the library's catalog - to search for streaming video, DVDs, and VHS tapes. There are DVD and VHS players for use in Hodges library.

The UTK Streaming Video Guide provides further information about resources for streaming video. A list of streaming video platforms available through UT Libraries can be found here.

If you find a DVD, Blu-ray, or VHS in another institution's collection, we may be able to borrow it through interlibrary loan. Find the request form on our Resources Sharing page. Playback equipment is available for use in Hodges Library. 

JustWatch US provides information on materials in Netflix, Prime Video, Disney +, Apple TV, Hulu, HBO Max, Peacock, Paramount+, and more. Note that these are mainly commercial platforms for which you will need a personal subscription.

ReelGood is a tool that allows you to search across commercial platforms for which you have a personal subscription, such as Netflix, Prime Video, etc. and some free services.

Knox County Public Library's downtown branch has an excellent selection of DVDs and Blu-rays. Members can also access movies via streaming services such as Hoopla and Kanopy (which has a different selection from UTK). If you're not located in Knox County, check out the public library nearest you, many have DVDs and streaming movies freely available to members. 

Reference Sources for Film

Finding Articles in Databases

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Production Code Administration Files collection documents forty years of self-regulation and censorship in the motion picture industry. Officially accepted in 1930 by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA), the precursor organization to the MPAA, the Production Code presented guidelines governing American movie production. 

  • Screen is an international journal of academic film and television studies. Each quarterly issue combines substantial scholarly essays with reports and debates on conferences and current research, along with book reviews. Full text available from 1969 - current.
    • Tip: ignore the blue "Log in through your institution" button and go straight to the search box
  • Lantern The free search platform of Media History Digital Library. Search over 2,772,417 pages of digitized books and magazines from the histories of film, broadcasting, and recorded sound

Movie Reviews

Louisa Trott

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Louisa Trott
Hodges Library
1015 Volunteer Blvd
TN 37996
Subjects: Art, Cinema Studies, Theatre


I am here to help you with your research needs and to help you find the information you need to successfully complete your projects and assignments. 

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Browse the Stacks

Cinema Studies books can be found on the 4th floor of Hodges in the PN1993-1999 range. 

To find other Cinema Studies-related books, try using the library catalog to search for Subject: Motion Pictures, and use other subjects and/or keywords to narrow your search. 

Suggest a purchase

Anyone in the UTK community can submit a purchase suggestion to the Libraries. Fill out the online form here

Contributions to Cinema Studies Research Guide

Blake Wahlert

New Cinema Studies Books at UT Libraries