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Broadcast & Cinema Studies: Books

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Below is a selection of books on Broadcast and Cinema Studies. Books are a good source for comprehensive information or an overview of a topic. The books included here comprises of both print and e-books. For print books, a call number is included so that you can find them in the library. 

The books are divided into several sections: e-books, ref works, dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories and general reference.

To browse more titles, please visit our library catalogue, or ask a librarian for a recommendation. 

Description

BOOKS

The Internet might be a convenient first stop for an information search but it can’t beat the quality and authoritativeness of printed books. This is especially so in an academic environment.

 

BROWSING THE COLLECTION

You can browse the main book collection for communication studies at basement 1 of the Communication and Information Library (CMIL). Below is a list of core subject areas in broadcast and cinema studies with corresponding call numbers.

Core Subject Area Call Number Range
Broadcasting

PN1990 – PN 1990.9

Broadcasting Industry

HE8689 – HE8700.95

Cinematography (technical know-how)

TR845 – TR899

Motion Pictures

PN1993 – PN1999

Radio

PN1991 – PN1991.9

Telecommunication Industry

HE7775 – HE8445

Telecommunication Policy

HE7645

Television

PN1992 – PN1992.92

Visual Communication

P93.5 – P93.53

A call number is a group of numbers and letters located at the spine of a book telling you its physical location in the library. Books with similar content will share similar call numbers.

Because of space constraints, older books (year 2000 and older) are located at the Business Library.

 

SEARCHING FOR BOOKS

Besides browsing, you can look for books using our Library Catalogue by keying in appropriate subject terms in the SUBJECT field.

Subject headings are words or phrases that librarians use to describe the content of a book. We use a set of subject terms known as the Library of Congress Subject Headings.

 

SELECTED BOOK LIST

Below are book lists based on popular subject terms. Click on them for a quick scan of the collection at CMIL

If there are any book lists that you would like to see here, let me know.

 

MASTER THE LIBRARY CATALOGUE

Improve your search results with these catalogue tips

 

MORE ON CALL NUMBERS

Call numbers may look random but librarians follow certain rules when putting the call numbers together. If you understand how the library classify its books, it will save you time when you are looking for books and help you discover more books which you otherwise might have missed.

In NTU Library, we follow the Library of Congress Classification System (LC for short). In case you are wondering.  

E-Books

E-books are so convenient. You can read or refer to an e-book anytime and anywhere, even when the library is closed. I also find e-books extremely useful for definitions, quick references, quick checks for facts and figures, and how-to guides.
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SEARCHING FOR E-BOOKS

You can search for specific e-book titles using the Library Catalogue. Follow the instructions at the E-book webpage.

 

EBooks: Browsing the collection

Ref Works

Reference works are treasure troves of information. You do not have to worry about the credibility and authoritativeness of the definitions or descriptions or commentaries you find in these works unlike Wikipedia.

I have compiled a few works here and organized them according to their reference type.

Dictionaries

Encyclopedias

Directories

General Reference