Film Studies Study Guide

The type of resource below is a list of authoritative sources available on this topic, such as books available at the NCTC Libraries and internet resources.


Search the Catalog. Use the NCTC Library catalog to search all NCTC campuses for books, DVDs, and more. Search by keyword, subject, series, title, or author. The call number and location indicate where the item is located.

Suggested Search Terms

  • Film
  • Cinema
  • Cinematic History
  • Motion Pictures
  • Movie Business/Industry
  • Documentary
  • Genre
  • Silent Film
  • Media
  • Television


NCTC provides subscriptions to thousands of journals, magazines, newspapers and other credible sources of information through research databases.

Note: These links only work ON-CAMPUS. To access the databases off-campus, go the Library Databases page within MyNCTC.

Suggested Databases

JSTOR is comprehensive academic journal database for the study of the Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts.

Academic Search Complete
ASC covers all subjects, including current topics. For best results, use the "Choose Database" feature and select all databases. ASC contains academic and popular sources.

EBSCOhost eBook Collection
NCTC owns thousands of quality reference books, available at any time through the eBook Collection.

Academic Video Online: Premium
A large database of online videos and documentaries covering academic subjects. There is a large section of performance videos in the arts.

Internet Resources

Internet Movie Database
One of the most comprehensive movie and television databases online.

Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Scholarly organization for the study of film.

Critical Commons
Fair use materials in media studies.

Moving Image Archive's collection of moving image resources.

Snag Films
Watch free documentaries and movies online.

Subscription-Based Streaming Video

Worldwide subscription service for film and television.

Offers free and subscription based access to television series and movies.

Amazon Prime
Access to Prime movies with subscription, but also allows purchase and rental of almost any movie in the database.

Curated collection of horror genres.