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Screen and Cultural Studies

Your guide to Screen and Cultural Studies resources at the University of Melbourne Library.


This subject guide highlights some key discipline resources to get you started with study and research. 

Reference works


Databases and journals

Use databases to search across many academic resources (including peer-reviewed journals) at the same time. 

Refer to the A-Z Ejournals and Databases page for a comprehensive list of available resources. 

Core Arts and Humanities databases (try these first):

The selection of multidisciplinary databases below will retrieve results from different subject areas. 

Databases relevant to Screen and Cultural Studies
For more focused results, try searching in one of these subject-specific databases.


To find books on a particular subject, do a keyword search in the Library Catalogue. Alternatively you can search by title, author, etc.
You can also find books on similar topics through the subject headings in item records. Click on these headings to find related subjects and titles. 

Screenshot of how to use subject headings in the library catalogue

Looking for a book we don't have or is not on our shelves?


Inter-Library Loans

University of Melbourne staff and students can request resources through the Library’s Inter-Library Loans service. For more information visit the ILL web page, or you can access the request forms.


Logo of CAVAL

A CAVAL card allows you to borrow from other universities and TAFEs. Visit the CAVAL website to find out how to sign up for a CAVAL card.

You can then use the Trove website to see which library has the book you want.

Video streaming databases & DVDs

Finding films:

To search for individual film titles, look up the film in the Library catalogue using the "Online Video" option.

If it is a film with a common title, try a Keyword search using the title and director.

e.g. Keyword:  fly AND Cronenberg

To see which films the library holds by a particular director, look up the director's name as an author.

You can also access database collections of videos. The following links will take you to each video streaming database:

  • Internet Archive : Moving Image Archive
    This library contains digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts.
  • UbuWeb
    Large educational resource of avant-garde material in the fields of visual, concrete and sound poetry. It also includes film and sound archives.
Archive & museum film collections:
DVDs in the University of Melbourne Library:

The easiest way to find DVDs/Videos in the Library Catalogue is to do a keyword search using the "DVD Collections" option. You can also search using title, author or subject. 

Film reviews


Consult our guide to finding news for additional sources of contemporary and historic film reviews:



You can find relevant information and resources for your research on the websites of professional organisations and bodies, institutes, NGOs, government departments, etc.

This guide gives a few suggestions to get you started and to give you an idea what to look for. It is by no means comprehensive. If you are a coursework student, check your LMS to see if your lecturer has provided website recommendations.

Tip: if you want to limit your Google search results to organisational, governmental, or educational websites, use Google's advanced search option to limit the site or domains to .org, .gov, .edu

Referencing and citing

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