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Film & Video Resources at Lilly Library: Finding Films

Streaming Video Titles

Duke-affiliated patrons can access video titles in these subscription databases anywhere; guests can view them on-campus

Search tips: finding films in the online catalog

To search for Lilly films in the library catalog, go to Library's homepage and choose the Catalog tab.  If you would like to browse the collection, opt for an Advanced search and Limit search to Location: Lilly and Format: Videos and DVDs (or just Video DVD) then hit the Search button. 

Here are specific searches strategies:

Keyword search

  1. Choose Keywords from the main drop-down menu and enter words from the title or names or subject terms
  2. Once your results display, Refine Your Search by the Filter "Videos and DVDs"
  3. You can further Refine Your Search to "Video DVD" and/or "Video cassette"
  4. Make sure to check the Location of your results, e.g. Lilly or Library Service Center or Ford*

Title search

  1. Choose Title from the main drop-down menu and enter title
  2. Once your results display, Refine Your Search by the Filter "Videos and DVDs"
  3. You can further Refine Your Search to "Video DVD" and/or "Video cassette"
  4. Make sure to check the Location of your results, e.g. Lilly or Library Service Center or Ford*

Subject search

  1. Choose Subject Heading from the main drop-down menu and enter subject keywords, for example: “Feature films – France”; “Documentary Films – Brazil”; Comedy Films
  2. Once your results display, Refine Your Search by the Filter "Videos and DVDs"
  3. You can further Refine Your Search to "Video DVD" and/or "Video cassette"
  4. Make sure to check the Location of your results, e.g. Lilly or Library Service Center or Ford*

Director/Actor search (hint: anyone associated with a film production is considered to be an Author)

  1. Choose Author from the main drop-down menu and enter name of director/actor/writer/cinematographer, etc.
  2. Once your results display, Refine Your Search by the Filter "Videos and DVDs"
  3. You can further Refine Your Search to "Video DVD" and/or "Video cassette"
  4. Make sure to check the Location of your results, e.g. Lilly or Library Service Center or Ford*

General search tips

  • The date listed in the online catalog is when the dvd/videocassette was produced, not when the film was originally released
  • If you don't find a film by title, try an author search by director; often titles in non-Western languages will be creatively transliterated
  • You're searching the catalog record and any summary/description or table of contents that might be included--but nothing beyond our library-produced metadata

     

Subject Guide

Danette Pachtner
Contact:
My location:
Lilly Library
Room 108
East Campus
Email me:
danettep@duke.edu
Call me:
919.660.5886
My areas:
Gilbert-Addoms 1-2 Residence Hall Librarian
Film, Video & Digital Media, Women's Studies

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