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DVDs in Leavey Library - Finding & Using

This is a guide to finding, reserving, and viewing DVDs and videos held in the Leavey Library.


Leavey Library has over 10,000 films.  The DVD collection is especially rich in independent films, foreign language films, classic Hollywood films, and documentary films. DVDs can be borrowed for 7 days at a time. 

We also have a number of Streaming Media resources available. 

Click here to browse DVD titles in Leavey Library

To focus your search results, click on the filters in the left column of your search results, to select Library: "Leavey Library" and/or Location: "Leavey Library - CIRDSK-DVD"

Different Sources

Aside from primary sources (novels, films, etc.), other types of sources you can find in library databases each offer a different perspective on the scholarly conversation. It's helpful to search in more than one database, or across databases using the Libraries' main search, because each offers a different set of resources and search functions.

  • Theoretical / Introductory reference works can help you take a big-picture look at movements, themes, theories, and other background information related to the text you're writing about. This background information can lead to keywords, ideas, and connections you might not have discovered otherwise.  For example: if you're interested in writing about Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy you could look for introductory information on Westerns, war novels, other McCarthy novels, or nihilism.
  • A Critical Analysis makes an argument and apply one or more critical theories to a text. Example: A literary criticism of a specific work
  • A Research Study focuses on relationships or effects between ideas. Example: a study of the effects of gender bias in advertising media, an ethnographic study of a city, or a psychological study of adolescent sexual behavior


Locating Sources

When looking for criticism, use advanced search features, to search by the work or author. Databases will often link articles on a particular work together. Fewer keywords are more when looking for criticism, try and think of the types of analysis or perspectives you would like to find for example: Modernism, Marxist, Queer Theory, Feminist, Race Theory, etc.

In MLA International Bibliography, for example, you can find these links at the bottom of the page:

Research studies and other journal articles that report on original research can be found by using keywords that describe the relationship you want more information about. For example if you are interested in the benefits and harms of gentrification you might try searching "Gentrification AND Displacement" as a specific harm of gentrification. Journal articles are narrow in focus and will not typically provide an overview on a topic.

Theoretical and introductory works provide broad overviews and definitions on movements, themes, theories, and other topics. To find these materials try searching broad singular terms.

Use the resources cited to get more specific, find other sources, and understand the general themes in a topic.