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Film: Find Books

Finding Books

Books represent a large amount of the material housed in Joyner Library and online. Books can be found in the catalog.

On this page, you will find:

  • A tutorial teaching you how to search in the catalog (right column)
  • A search box to look for books in the catalog (left column)
  • Information about finding books in the catalog (left column)
  • A listing of reference books that may be helpful to your research in the film field (right column, below)

Search the Library Catalog

The library catalog is where you can search for books, videos, DVD's, etc.



Searching for Books?

You may search the library catalog for items housed in Joyner Library in the box above.  To do the following searches and for more options, you may want to visit the ECU Libraries' Library Catalog. You may search by word or phrase, author, title, or subject.

Conduct a subject search in the library catalog for those subject headings which are appropriate for your class by selecting the "begins with..." search type and choosing "subject" from the drop menu.  For example:

  • motion pictures
  • foreign films--France

Also, try words or phrase search such as:

  • film criticism

Most books on film can be found in the PN section, around PN1995. Here are some books that may be helpful:

  • Documentary : witness and self-revelation by John Ellis, PN1995.9.D6 E48 2012 Joyner Stacks
  • Dark directions : Romero, Craven, Carpenter, and the modern horror film by Kendall Phillips, PN1995.9 .H6 P55 2012 Joyner Stacks
  • A Companion to Werner Herzog by Brad Prager, Click to read eBook online

And much, much more!

Constructing Searches

Why Use Reference Sources?

  • Helps you choose a topic for a paper
  • Helps with search terms/synonyms for your library research
  • Provides you with definitions for technical terms

Reference Materials


If you are a distance education student, you have options. You can search the Classic Catalog only for e-books OR you can still get physical books. The Interlibrary Loan department will deliver these to you free of charge!