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Media Library Search Tips: Introduction

Search tips specific to materials in the Media Library collection or video based-electronic resources

About the UNT Media Library

The Media Library contains the UNT Libraries' nonprint, audiovisual collections available as both physical items in the library and resources accessible through electronic database subscriptions. The mission of the UNT Media Library is to support the instructional and research needs of UNT faculty, staff, and students by collecting, maintaining, and providing access to media materials that represent all academic disciplines and all genres of film.

Formats in the collection: DVD, BluRay, VHS, Laserdisc, 16mm film, slides, audiobooks (CD, "Playaway", LP, cassette), videogames, board games, online media

Types of content: Features film, documentary film, educational/teaching films, performances, foreign films, television series, experimental films, short films, etc.


Visit the UNT Media Library website for more information. 

How to Cite Film and Video

MLA Style

Title. Director’s name. Any additional information you deem relevant, such as lead actors. Format. Distributor, year of distribution.

Example: Scarface. Dir. Brian DePalma. With Al Pacino. DVD. Universal Home Video, 1998.


APA Style 

Motion Pictures

Responsible parties. (Role). (Date). Title [format]. Distributors’ location: Distributor’s name.

Example: DePalma, B.R. (Director). (1998). Scarface. [DVD]. Universal City, CA: Universal Home Video.


Television Broadcast or Series Episode

Responsible parties. (Role). (Date of broadcast or copyright). Title [format: Television broadcast or Television Series]. Distributors’ location: Studio or Distributor’s name.

Example: Hope, B. (Producer). (1977, January 14). Bob Hope Christmas Special. [Television broadcast]. New York City, NY: National Broadcast Company.


Single Episode of a Television Series

Episode responsible parties. (Role). (Date of broadcast or copyright). Title of episode [format: Television series episode]. In P. Producer, (Producer), Series title. Distributors’ location: Studio or Distributor’s name.

Example: Biachi, E. (Director) & Milch, D.S. (Writer). (2006, July 30). Leviathan Smiles. [Television series episode]. In D.S. Milch (Producer), Deadwood. New York City, NY: Home Box Office.

Reference Services

Do you need help with your research? Reference services are available to you through a number of outlets:

  • Call (940) 565-4832 to make an appointment for individualized reference assistance

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