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Film Resources: Getting Started

In Memoriam: Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

By Rebert (Roger Ebert) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Roger Ebert: 1942-2013

Famed film critic and Pulitzer prize award-winner Roger Ebert passed away on April 4, 2013. Ebert is best known for his many years of work for the Chicago Sun-Times as a film critic, though he was also the author of several popular books such as Your Movie Sucks, I Hated, Hated, Hated This Movie, and A Horrible Experience of Unbearable Length. In 1975, he became the first film critic to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. 

You can read many of his reviews on his website and a selection of tributes written in his memory. W.T. Young Library holds several of Ebert's published works available for checkout.

General Film Information

Although UK does not have a database specifically dedicated to film studies, it is possible to find information through general databases and paper resources. For the best results, search by the film's

  • title, such as "Citizen Kane"
  • director, such as "Hitchcock, Alfred"
  • country of origin, such as "motion pictures--Germany"
  • genre, such as "gangster films"
  • topic, such as "Violence in Motion Pictures."   

 When searching, also be aware of the three common synonyms: film, cinema, and motion pictures; older indexes also use "moving pictures," and a few use "movies." Any or all might be used in indexing as well as in the text and titles for articles and books.

Note: If you would just like to browse, many books on film are located in the W.T. Young Library in the Reference and Ready Reference sections on the 2nd Floor and on the 5th floor under call numbers PN1990-PN1999 and Z5784. UK Libraries also has paper and online subscriptions to many of the most famous and prestigious film journals, which can be found on the 2nd and 3rd floors. Search in InfoKat for exact locations.

Business and Economics Liaison

Peter Hesseldenz
W.T. Young Library

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY 40506-0456

(859) 218-1840

How to Find Films

To find films, search the UK Libraries' catalog, InfoKat, limiting your search to “videos” or adding the term “videorecording” to your search. 

Most films are located in the Media Library at Young Library. You can search its resources by going to the AV Media Search page.

If a film is located in another campus library, be sure to note the library location and call number. Check the map of the libraries locations and the hours for each library.

Another helpful resource for finding videos is the Theatre in Video website, which has full-length films and video clips of plays that have been made into movies.