Film Studies: Home

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. 


You can request borrowable DVDs through our Click and Collect service.

If any of the items you need are marked as "Reference only" then please contact us with details of what you require and we will advise further.

If you do not have access to your own player then a bookable workstation is available in Zone 3 on Level 2 of the Main Library, you can book the workstation through the Book a Workspace page.  Select "Main Library" and "Level 2", the DVD workstation can be found on screen 2 of the workspaces list.

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Please ask for the controllers for the TV and DVD player at the Welcome Desk.

This space can only be used when booked in advance.  Bookings should be placed at least 1 hour before you arrive.  If you need to request DVDs from the Library's collection to view please use the Click and Collect service to request these, allowing 48 hours for the DVDs to be set aside for collection.

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:

Subject Guide

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Hilda McNae
Senior Librarian (Academic Liaison)

University of St Andrews Library, KY16 9TR

Tel: 01334 462298

New DVDs for Film Studies

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Frames Cinema Journal

Frames is run by the postgraduate community within the Film Studies Department at the University of St Andrews. Autumn issues publish new work from members of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS). Spring Issues focus on emerging themes within the discipline.