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Film: Gov Sources

This subject guide is meant to provide means to find cinematic and media information.

About Government Information

Government Documents are official publications of government agencies.  You may be asked to include a government document or webpage in your research papers because they are considered "Primary Resources".  This means that it is original research or an event witnessed by someone involved in the event or who personally witnessed the event.  These include, statistical studies, environmental reports, laws and regulations, diplomatic correspondence and other official records.

Finding Media

SWAN Catalog

Use SWAN to find films by subject, specific title, director, language and more!

Ways to narrow your search:

After your initial search, find the "Modify Search" tab at the top of the results page in the catalog.  This will bring you to a page with boxes that alow you to add limits to your initial search. 

You can also reach this page by selecting "Advanced Search" from the right side of the SWAN home page.

The "Add Limits" box allows you to choose a specific library, format or even language.  You can also limit your searches temporally by year of publication.  Try selecting DVD/Blu-ray to narrow your search.

Searchpath Tutorial

Find out more about SWAN and other library resources by taking our short, online tutorial.


Springfield-Greene County Library District

Search the Catalog

Students living on campus and Greene county residents can use our local public library.  Click here to request an online card.  The Park Central Branch and the Midtown Carnegie Branch are the locations closest to the Springfield campus (You can take the Bear Line Shuttle's gold and maroon routes to the square downtown to get to the Park Central Branch).  If you can't find the media item in our library and need it quickly, the public library is a great place to check.

If you can't find the media item in our library and don't need it quickly, try using MOBIUS or Prospector.  Both are a consortium of libraries from the state of Missouri and Colorado, respectively.  The consortium’s purpose is to share library materials, information, and services using accessible, cost effective methods.  Items usually arrive within two weeks.



Government Information Sources

These are general government resources containing or providing access to government information on many topics.

American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.

A directory of national, state, local, and international government websites located within Missouri Sate Universities webpage.

Main webpage of the Government Publishing Office (GPO) the agency within the government responsible for gathering and printing official documents, which are made available by searching the Federal Digital System (FDsys).

The official search engine for government information.  Includes information at all levels of government; national, state and local.

The official Missouri state website with links and information specific to the state of Missouri.

The city's offical wesite, containing information and links specific to Springfield, Missouri. 

ProQuest's online access to Statistical Insight provides abstracting, indexing, and full text for publications from hundredsof public domain and licensed sources.


The following government documents are in the collection and can be checked out.  Clicking on the title will link you to the catalog record for this document in SWAN and provide information about where the item is located.  Some of these items may also be freely available online.  If so, the item link will indicate that.

Copyright terms, film labeling, and film preservation legislation: hearings before the Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourth Congress, first session, on H.R. 989, H.R. 1248, and H.R. 1734
MSU Meyer Gov Docs 
US NS 1.13:F48/997

Competition, innovation, and public policy in the digital age : is the marketplace working to protect digital creative works? : hearing before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress, second session, March 14, 2002
MSU Meyer Gov Docs Micro Y 4.J 89/2:S.HRG.107-905 Freely available online

Editing Hollywood's editors : cleaning flicks for families : hearing before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, second session, September 26, 2006
MSU Meyer Gov Docs Micro  Y 4.C 73/8:109-144 Freely available online

Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005 : report together with minority views (to accompany S. 167) (including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office)
MSU Meyer Gov Docs Micro Y 1.1/8:109-33/PT.1 Freely available online

Film & video catalog
MSU Meyer Gov Docs 
US NS 1.13:F48/997

Intellectual property rights: the music and film industry
MSU Meyer Gov Docs Micro Y 4.IN 8/16:IN 8/18

Library of Congress motion pictures, broadcasting, recorded sound : an illustrated guide
MSU Meyer Gov Docs US LC 40.8:M 58

Motion pictures & sound and video recordings in the National Archives
MSU Meyer Gov Docs 
US AE 1.113:33/994

National Film Preservation Act of 1996
MSU Meyer Gov Docs Micro Y 1.1/8:104-558/PT.1

Rating entertainment ratings : how well are they working for parents and what can be done to improve them? : hearing before the Committee on Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Seventh Congress, first session, July 25, 2001
MSU Meyer Gov Docs Micro Y 4.G 74/9:S.HRG.107-159 Freely available online

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