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Film Resources: Getting Started

A guide with resources pertaining to film studies.

Harry Potter Criticism and Analysis

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

fantastic beasts

Released November 18, 2016

This movie is a spin-off of the wildly popular Harry Potter series. The story exists in the same universe, but it is set in 1920s America and follows the adventures of magical zoologist Newt Scamander. Author J.K. Rowling has confirmed that the film will be the start of a new series with five movies in total.

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You can find all the Harry Potter books and movies in Young Library, as well as the spin-off Tales of Beedle the Bard and the sequel play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.



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How to Find Films

To find films, search InfoKat Discovery, 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.

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 Discovery for exact locations.