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Film Studies

This guide is intended to support research for film and media studies



There isn't a perfect search method for locating screenplays, especially of adaptations. In many cases, you can search the film's title or screenwriter name (NOT director) and browse the results for a screenplay. For popular titles, it may be more effective to conduct an advanced search and exclude the keyword videorecording. A subject search for Television scripts as well as Motion picture plays will show quite a few available in CLIO. A subject search for Motion Picture Plays > Bibliography or Television scripts > Bibliography leads to lists of published screenplays.

In Databases

Freely Online

Free resources on scripts. While these are fairly reliable, the sites can have ads and authenticity/copyright are not as certain.

In Archives

Film Images


Searching by subject "Motion Pictures Pictorial Works" brings up books with film stills in them at Columbia/Barnard.