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Film Studies Research Guide: Books & e-Books

Library Reference for Films

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Finding Books on Film Studies at PHSC


The Library's Books are shelved according to the Library of Congress' classification system.  

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Film Studies is an area of specialization within the Humanities.

The Library of Congress classification for Film Studies including the theatre is the Subclass P section N (PN) 


PN        1-6790          Literature (general)

  • 1560-1590            The performing arts & Show                                      business
  • 1585-1589            Centers for the performing arts
  • 1600-3307            Drama
  • 1635-1650            Relation to and treatment of special                            subjects
  • 1660-1693            Technique of dramatic composition
  • 1720-1861            History
  • 1865-1988            Special types
  • 1990-1992.92       Broadcasting
  • 1991-1991.9         Radio broadcasts
  • 1992-1992.92       Television broadcasts
  • 1992.93-19 92.95  Nonbroadcast video recordings
  • 1993-1999            Motion pictures
  • 1997-1997.85       Plays, scenarios, etc.
  • 2000-3307           Dramatic representation & Theater
  • 2061-2071           Art of acting
  • 2085-2091           The stage and accessories
  • 2131-2193           By period
  • 2131-2145           Ancient
  • 2152-2160           Medieval
  • 2171-2179           Renaissance
  • 2181-2193           Modern
  • 2219.3-3030        Special regions or countries
  • 3035                   Jewish theater
  • 3151-3171           Amateur theater
  • 3175-3191           College and school theatricals 

Reading Library of Congress Call Numbers

Reading LC Call Numbers

  • describes the subject arearead in alphabetical order
  • 66 -  describes the topic:read as a whole number
  • B634- describes the author's last name or title of work: read in alphabetical order, then the number as a decimal
  • 1999  - date of publication:read in chronological order