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Find Videos/DVDs: Genre

A guide to how to locate Videos and DVDs in the Diamond catalog, as well as where to borrow these items.

About Genre Searches

Searching Diamond for a particular genre may not give you a complete listing of our film holdings in that genre.  Why?

The Library of Congress only introduced genre/form subject headings in the late 1990s.  As a result, not all catalog records in Diamond include this information.  In addition, it took some time to develop the Library of Congress' complex system of genre headings.  You can find an updated guide to genre/form headings here.

To search by genre in Diamond, go to the Advanced search tab in the catalog.  Pull the "Any Field" menu down until it says "SUBJECT".  Enter the desired genre/form heading in the search box.  Then, on the next line, leave the pulldown menu so that it reads "Any Field" and enter "Videorecording" in the search box.

Alternately, you can browse lists of film by genre using the links accessible on the Genre tab above.  Click the "INFO" link in the last column to access the Diamond catalog record for the film.  Film genre information for these lists were based upon genre terms assigned in the Internet Movie Database.

Diamond Catalog Video/DVD search

All videos and DVDs in the library collections are listed in Diamond, the Temple University Libraries' catalog.  Diamond contains listings for films held by Paley Media Services and the CLA Ed Tech Center, as well as films housed at Ambler and Temple's satellite campuses in Rome and Japan.

Search for Videos or DVDs by keyword using the Video/DVD search link available from the Diamond main search screen. 

To search by Author (directors and actors), Title, or Subject Headings, use the Advanced search link in Diamond.  Use the "Any Field" pull down menus to select Author, Title, or Subject, enter the desired search terms, and--on the next line--search for the keyword "Videorecording" as "Any Field".

If you find a movie with no location information, it has been ordered but hasn't arrived in the libraries yet.  If you find a movie marked "New in Transit", talk to staff at a service desk or use the Ask a Librarian! online reference service to see about getting the book processed and held for you.


Brian Boling
Paley Library, Room 15
(215) 204-4911