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LC Subject Headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings: Film and Entertainment Industry


Books, videos and journals (but not journal articles!) are assigned Library of Congress (LC) subject headings based on their content. Here is a sample list of film-related subject headings, some of which pertain equally to books and visual materials. In discoverE, these subject headings are active links pointing to other items with the same subject.

This is not an exhaustive list of subject headings pertinent to the entertainment industry, but it should give you a sense of commonly used vocabulary and how subject headings are structured.

  • Cinematography.
  • Convergence (Telecommunication).
  • Digital cinematography.
  • Digital media.
  • Copyright - Motion pictures - United States.
  • Copyright - Video recordings - United States.
  • Intellectual property infringement - United States.
  • Internet entertainment industry.
  • Mass media and technology.
  • Mass media - Technological innovations.
  • Motion picture industry - Economic aspects - California - Los Angeles.
  • Motion picture industry - United States.
  • Motion picture industry - United States - Finance.
  • Motion picture industry - United States - Marketing.
  • Motion picture industry - United States - Distribution.
  • Motion pictures - United States.
  • Motion pictures - United States - History - 21st century. (Yes, they have a book on this topic!)
  • Performing arts - Finance.
  • Performing arts - Law and legislation.
  • Performing arts - United States.
  • Piracy (Copyright) - United States.

Notice how LC subject headings go from general to specific. They are also modular; you can remove terms to the right of a hyphen to make your search broader if you're not pulling up the results you want initially.

When searching discoverE by subject, we recommend that you also try selecting the Browse Search function. Browsing will display an alphabetical list of subject headings based on the term you enter. Note particularly how browsing brings out the geographical or country aspect of subject matter, especially important in film research. A multi-volume set of Library of Congress (LC) subject headings is available at the Woodruff Library Reference desk.

discoverE also allows for subject searching, but it doesn't allow for subject browsing.

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