are frequently classified into a type of film, normally
referred to as a 'genre'. Genres can be based on gender,
nationality, time period, or purpose. There can even be
genres based on production (films by women as opposed
to about women.) Here are some tips on finding a
variety of resources.
There is no official list of genres, but there are commonly
accepted categories used for films. Some films can be placed
into more than one genre and a director may become known for
a particular genre. Some of the more well-known genres are:
- Martial Arts
these can frequently be subdivided even further--Horror
films can be narrowed to slasher, monster,
psychological/suspense, and many more. A very specialized
horror genre is the Dracula category, where one characters'
portrayal is the focus of the genre.
To find materials,
you can look through these catalogs:
Library Catalog is what you can find in the
Circuit is the joint
catalog for CSUSM, SDSU, UCSD, and USD with delivery in
1-3 days for CSUSM users.
Melvyl searches the entire University of
California catalog system and delivers in 5-10 days
through Interlibrary Loan for CSUSM.
searches a 'universe' of library catalogs and delivers
in 5-10 days through Interlibrary Loan for CSUSM.
Useful Subject Terms
Can't think of terms to accurately describe your topic?
Library catalogs use specific subject headings to group
related books together. 'Film' and 'adaptation' are such large topics
and can be defined in multiple ways, you will
want to think of ways to narrow it down, by title, director,
genre, etc. Ask a librarian to
help, or here are some
examples to consider:
CSUSM Genre Search in
the Library Catalog
Search the CSUSM catalog using the genre/form search
field (instead of the usual keyword or subject search).
Type in your desired genre to see the current list of
films in our collection that have been identified in
Databases at CSUSM will offer articles on film genres in
general as well as specific films. When looking
for articles on a particular film, the easiest way is to type the title of
the movie into the database.
Some databases do not offer
full text of the articles. Use the
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Provides abstracts and full text for more than 200
Includes abstracts of articles from critical literary
and language journals. This is primarily concerned with
the original work of literature, but you will find
plenty of articles on adaptations here.
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Full-text ethnic newspapers, searchable in English or
Womens Studies International
Includes over 204,000 records drawn from a variety of
essential women's studies databases.
These may not be
as scholarly as published journal reviews, so be aware
of the credentials of the reviewer. Keep in mind when
searching the internet that not all material will be
scholarly and other search terms will be 'cinema' or 'film'
rather than 'movie'.
This site from by Tim Dirks offers quick overviews of a wide
variety of genres.
GreenCine Movie Primers
Overviews of film movements and examples.
Introduction to Genre Theory
From England, this site offers a
more scholarly discussion of genre.
A list of genres from the Internet Movie Database
Interviews, trailers and more on films produced for and
Films by and about African Americans. Films must be viewed
at the Indiana University Archive.
Information on documentary films and those who make them
including a finding aid for the rarer titles.
News and reviews of modern films produced since 2002.
A site devoted to the
documentary genre, offering viewable documentaries on a wide
variety of topics from the folk historian's view.
IFP: Independent Feature
Not everything is freely-available on this site as some
areas are limited to members, but there is a great deal of
support for the independent filmmaker.
Women Make Movies
An emphasis on women film makers and women's topics in film.
Links provided to career and funding opportunities.