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Film & Media Studies Research Guide

Media 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 film-related subject headings, some of which pertain equally to books and videos (visual materials). When you view catalog records in Library Search, 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 media studies, but it should give you a sense of commonly used vocabulary and how subject headings are structured.

Sample Subject Headings

African American television producers and directors

African Americans in television broadcasting

African Americans on television

Computer literacy

Cyberspace--Social aspects

Digital divide

Digital media--Political aspects

Digital media--Social aspects

Gay men on television

Gays in popular culture (books with the subject "popular culture" frequently encompass mass media)

Homosexuality on television

Information society

Information technology--Social aspects

Internet--Social aspects

Internet and teenagers

Lesbianism on television

Mass media

Mass media--Audiences

Mass media--Political aspects

Mass media--Social aspects

Mass media and culture

Mass media and public opinion

Media literacy

Netflix (firm)

Press and propaganda

Reality television programs

Sex in mass media

Sex role in mass media

Sexual minorities on television

Social classes in mass media

Streaming video (Link searches books only.)

Technology and youth

Television advertising

Television advertising and children

Television authorship

Television broadcasting--Social aspects

Television broadcasting--Social aspects--United States

Television broadcasting--United States

Television broadcasting--United States--History

Television broadcasting of news--United States

Television--Production and direction

Television soap operas

Television soap operas--Latin America (use for telenovelas)

Television viewers--United States

Video games

Video games--Social aspects

Video games--History

Violence in mass media

Violence on television

Women on television

Women television producers and directors--United States