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Subject guide to library resources for Film Studies


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Welcome to your Subject Guide for Film Studies. It offers some basic guidance on how to find and use the Library's resources in this subject area.  

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Film Collections

The library holds over 12,000 DVDs and Blu-Rays. These are primarily selected to support the Department of Film Studies and include films and holdings of extremely rare reference materials such as ethnographic films and documentaries by filmmakers like Frederick Wiseman and Jean Rouch.

Find out which DVDs we've purchased recently in the box to the right.

Search the library collections to find which DVDs and Blu-Rays are available.

Enter a title, keyword or director into the search box.

If you get a lot of results then you can refine the search by selecting Audiovisual from the Format option on the left-hand side of the screen.

You might also find it useful to refine your search by the Genre option. This would allow you to find specific types of film, for example silent films, adaptations, animation. 


Some essential viewing for modules has been made available digitally so please consult your module reading list before searching the DVD collection.

Only some of the Library's DVDs and Blu-Rays are borrowable. If you do not have access to your own player then the Library has a small number of external DVD drives which can be borrowed from the Library Service Desk in the Main Library. A DVD and Blu Ray viewing station are also available on Level 4 of the Main Library for viewing any reference only DVDs.  T

Some of our DVD collection is held at the Walter Bower House Library and is reference only. Please contact if you wish to view these titles.  A DVD player is available at Walter Bower House.

Resources available via the Library:

Freely available content:

Library Resources for Film Studies

Search on the Library Homepage allows you to search multiple Library databases at once.  Results will include books, journal articles, newspapers, theses, etc. as well as materials held in Special Collections and Museum Collections.

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In the search results use the filters on the left to narrow down the results. 

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Use the "Library Catalogue" filter to restrict to books etc. held in the Library, or use the "Format" filter to select e.g. journal articles, and then select the "Full-text" filter to restrict the search to items you have full-text access to.

Screen Studies Collection is the main specialist database for Film Studies. A survey of current publications relating to film scholarship alongside filmographies. The database contains three different indexes: American Film Institute (AFI) Catalog; FIAF International Index to Film Periodicals; and the British Film Institute's Film Index International. The indexes can be searched in one go or individually by using the links below.

Other specialist databases include:

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Hilda McNae
Senior Librarian (Academic Liaison)

University of St Andrews Library, KY16 9TR

Tel: 01334 462298

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