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Film Studies Resources

This guide aims to connect researchers studying film to relevant resources available at the E. J. Pratt Library and beyond.

Journal Databases

      See also UTL's "Best Research Resources for Cinema"

      See also "Finding Film & Performing Arts Reviews"

  • Film Indexes Online 
    Allows you to search two separate databases under one interface. The two databases are AFI Catalog and the Film Index International. The AFI Catalog is the ultimate national filmography documenting American films from 1893-1972. The Film Index International is the definitive online resource focusing on entertainment films and personalities.

Scholarly vs. Popular Periodicals

Scholarly Full Text Articles

    An online archive containing complete backruns of over 1,000 important scholarly journals in more than 55 disciplines.
  • Project Muse
    Over 400 full text scholarly journals in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.

Searching Tips

Before building your search, ask yourself the following questions:

1. What information are you looking for? Consider stating this in writing in two or three sentences.

2. Identify general concepts about the information that you are looking for, and ask how they might relate to the search terms that you might use.

3. Use keywords that are not just the obvious (genocide) but their synonymes, eg.
organized massacre, murder, slaughter,      holocaust,etc.

4. After you have located a couple of relevant documents, consider using descriptors attached to the record to locate similar records.