Film and Television Subject Guide
Materials held in Birkbeck Library
Search the Library catalogue to find books. Many of the books will be at 791.4 and numbers following on from that. It is always advisable to check the catalogue rather than browsing the shelves as the Library has two subject classification schemes, relevant books can be classified at other shelfmarks, and you may be interested in reserving books that are currently on loan. Some of your essential reading may have been placed in the Reading Room Collection. Click on the Catalogue tab at the top of the screen.
Dictionaries & encyclopedias
Some reference sources are available online via Oxford Reference Online or Credo reference. To access these online services from outside of the College you need to log on here first with your ITS username and password. The collections can be searched individually or by subject cluster and are all listed on the library catalogue.
- Encyclopedia of Television - this is the first edition of the Encyclopedia of the Museum of Broadcast Communications available online. Edited by Horace Newcomb with contributions by academics, scholars and researchers.
Print & Electronic journals
The Library subscribes to over 30,000 electronic journals. For a select list of journal titles in this subject area: click here. Most of the electronic journals can be accessed from outside College with your ITS username and password. Click on the eLibrary tab above and select Ejournals to access them. The principal ejournal collections in this subject area are: JSTOR | Project Muse | Periodicals Archive Online.
Also under eLibrary BIROn - Birkbeck Institutional Research Online a database of research papers by Birkbeck academic staff.
Videos, DVDs, off-air recordings & CDs
These are located in a separate collection on Level 1. All A/V materials are listed on the Library catalogue. If you are looking for a feature film, search by title or director (use Author Alphabetical when searching for a director). There is also an alphabetical title list of videos/DVDs on the catalogue, if you click on Advanced at the top of the screen. Most videos are one week loan. Feature films can be found at 791.4372 arranged by title.