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American Studies: American Film

Research guide for students in Princeton University's Program in American Studies

Electronic Reference Works on Film

Print Reference Works on Film

Note: When searching the Main Catalog or an article database for sources about film, combine the terms motion pictures OR moving pictures OR films OR cinema OR [talkies, Bollywood, or any other appropriate words for your research].

Sources about Specific Films

Early Moving Pictures

Searching Hints

If you are looking for videos owned by Princeton, use either the Books+ or the Main Catalog search interface. You can limit by format once you view the result list. Videos and DVDs are most likely to be housed in the Humanities Resource Center (011 East Pyne) or the Mendel Music Library (for an opera production, for instance).

The Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, has a large collection of films as well. Go to to discover what they have. 

Article Databases for Film