Classic Catalog - Vidoes/DVDs

The MacPháidín Library has collections containing both videos on VHS and DVD. These two collections are located in separate locations within the library. The VHS videos are shelved in the stacks on the third floor of the north side of the library (turn right at the main landing on the third floor). The DVDs are shelved in locked cabinets on the first floor. To borrow one, please ask at the Circulation Desk.

There are several search strategies that may help you find videos on VHS/DVD or streaming in our Classic Catalog:

IF YOU KNOW THE TITLE OF THE MOVIE, TELEVISION PROGRAM, OR FILM:
  • Use the title search. At the web title search screen, type in American President. If the library owns this title, either the record for the title will appear on the screen or you will be presented with a list results.
  • If you receive a results screen, there may be more than one match for your title. In the case of American President, there are three entries. The first is for American President, the second for American President Readings and American Presidents and the Middle East. The first American President is the correct entry. At this point, there are three items with the title of American President. All VHS videos and DVDs will have the word Videorecording in brackets next to the title. The also have the designation VID/DVD/SLIDES in the Medium column. The movie starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening is third in the results list.
IF YOU WANT TO SEE WHAT MOVIES THE LIBRARY OWNS THAT STARS A CERTAIN ACTOR:   
  • Use the author search. At the web author search screen, type in the author's name - last name, first name. For example, type in Bening, Annette.
  • There are two entries on the results screen. The library owns two films that Annette Bening starred in - The American President and Richard III.
  • Keep in mind that if an actor in a film writes a book that the library owns, both the movies the actor starred in and the book the actor wrote will appear. To see and example, do an author search for O'toole, Peter. ON the results window, there are three entries: Joan of Arc, The Lion in Winter, and Loitering with Intent. The first two are movies that Peter O'toole starred in, while the third is a book written by Peter O'toole.
IF YOU WANT TO BROWSE MOVIES THAT WERE DIRECTED BY A PARTICULAR PERSON:  
  • Use the author search. At the web author search screen, type in the author's name - last name, first name. For example,type in Coppola, francis ford. The library owns six films that were written, produced, directed by or starring Francis Ford Coppola.
TIPS, HINTS & TRICKS  
  • The author search can include information about the writer of the screenplay, the actors in the movies, the producers and the directors.
  • It is possible to browse an alphabetical list of all DVDs owned by the library. To do this, do a subject search in the library catalog for DVD-Video discs.
  • It is also possible to browse an alphabetical list of all VHS recordings owned by the library. For this list, do a subject search in the library catalog for Videocassettes.
  • To identify whether a film is in VHS or DVD format, it is necessary to look closely at the record. As an example, do atitle search for Pillow Talk. There are three results. On this screen, it is possible to identify the second and third items as films based on the VID/DVD/SLIDES designation in the Medium column. The first item is designated as PRINTED MATL - which identifies that item as a book.
    • VHS - Click on the second Pillow Talk entry to see the record for this movie. This item is a film on VHS. It is possible to identify this as a VHS tape from the Film & Video designation in the Location field. All VHS tapes are given this designation. Additionally, there is a note field on the record which identifies this as an item in VHS format.
    • DVD - Click on the third Pillow Talk entry to see the record for this movie. This item is a film on DVD. It is possible to identify this as a VHS tape from the Circulation Desk designation in the Location field. All DVDs are given this designation because they are stored in locked cabinets. Additionally, there is a Descript. field which identifies the item as 1 videodisc.