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Iranian Cinema

Tips for searching the Main Catalog

  • Romanization: Princeton University Library uses the American Library Association and the Library of Congress (ALA-LC) approved Romanization Table for their transliteration of the Persian language into Roman script.  If you are having trouble locating works in your Main Catalog search, check to be sure you are using the correct transliteration. A link to the current ALA-LC approved Romanization Table for the Persian language has been provided here.
  • Refining your search limits: It is also possible to set more limits--such as language, medium, and item type--to your search criteria. Simply click on "advanced search", located to the right of the Search icon, and select accordingly. 
  • Useful "Subject Heading" Searches: 
    • ‚ÄčMotion Pictures--Iran
    • Motion Pictures and Literature--Iran
    • Iran--Drama
    • Persian Drama
    • Feature Films--Iran
    • Popular Culture--Iran
    • Film Festivals--Iran
    • Film Posters
    • Shi'ah--Iran--in motion pictures

Working with secondary source materials

"A secondary source interprets and analyzes primary sources. These sources are one or more steps removed from the event. Secondary sources may have pictures, quotes or graphics of primary sources in them."-Princeton University RefDesk


The Near East Book Collection (NEC) at Princeton University Library contains approximately 457,596 printed books in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and Turkish and is one of the greatest collections of its kind in the United States. 

The Near East Periodicals Collection (PRNE) of contemporary serials and newspapers are acquired on a regular basis from around the world.  The library currently receives approximately 2,000 active serial publications in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, Turkish, Urdu, and many Western languages.

The Microforms Collections parallel the general holdings of selected books, newspapers, manuscripts, government publications, dissertations, and other materials at Princeton University.

Marquand Library of Art & Archaeology is one of the oldest and most extensive art libraries in the United States.  The collection holds approximately 400,000 volumes, covering world art and architecture from antiquity to present, including distinguished 15th-21st century rare book holdings.

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