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Topic: 1940s Hollywood: Resources

Originally for AM 334 Spring 2015

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A scholarly encyclopedia:Credo

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Find one good item? Look at its item record to see if there are Subject Headings or Descriptors. These links group similar materials together and can yield more efficient searching. Different databases, however, can use different terms.


  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Motion pictures and the war
  • Nineteen forties
  • Melodrama in motion pictures
  • Women in motion pictures
  • Masculinity in motion pictures
  • Film noir -- United States

Significant people involved in making a film (directors, actors, writers) can also be Subject Headings (last name, first name).


Keyword search: "Howard Hawks" or "Hawks, Howard"
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Subject search: Hawks, Howard (last name, first name)
Finds items about Howard Hawks and his works.

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Finds items by Howard Hawks (or works he helped create)


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Scholarly Articles

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