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FILM 356: History Of American Television: Subject Headings

Library of Congress Subject Headings

In the library catalog, books, videos and other materials are assigned Library of Congress (LC) subject headings based on their content. Here is a sample list of television-related subject headings, some of which pertain equally to books and videos (visual materials). When you view catalog records in discoverE, these subject headings display as active links pointing to other items with the same subject.

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

Learn how to create your own search links for discoverE here!


Broadcasting - United States - History - 20th Century [Notice the structure: general to specific! If you want to do a broader search, you can remove the phrases to the right each hyphen.]\

Here are some sample genre index terms, also searchable under subject in discoverE:

  • Game shows
  • Reality television programs
  • Reality television programs - United States [To exclude British reality shows such as the original Big Brother]
  • Television serials [For shows with continuing story lines.]
  • Television comedies - United States
  • Cop shows
  • Detective and mystery television programs

Subject Guide

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