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CIN201: (pre-2018) Film Cultures 1: Art & Industry

A comprehensive guide to scholarly resources - books, journal articles, primary source material.

Search for Journal Articles in Databases

Multi-discipline databases

Film-specific databases

American Film Institute (AFI) Catalog. 

  • Coverage: American cinema from 1893 to 1975, with full or short records for films from 1976 to present.
  • Use the AFI Catalog to find detailed production information about specific films (incl. release dates and other production-related information), as well as citations to contemporaneous reviews from newspapers (e.g., New York Times); trade & industry publications (Variety); popular magazines (Motion Picture Herald, Photoplay); and review publications (Monthly Film Bulletin), among others.
  • Note: There are no direct links to online content from Film Index International. Scroll down for instructions on how to use a citation to find a journal article.

Film Index International (British Film Institute).

  • Coverage: 1900 - current.
  • The directors selected for inclusion are a) those who have made a fiction film shown theatrically that is over 50 minutes in duration, released between 1928 and 1965, and b) those who have made a fiction film over 60 minutes in duration, post-1965.
  • Note: There are no direct links to online content from Film Index International. Scroll down for instructions on how to use a citation to find a journal article.

International Index to Film Periodicals  

  • Coverage: 1972- current. 
  • Scroll down to "Film Sciences" section, select your title using the checkbox and click "Ok" button at bottom of window.
  • Search by one keyword at a time. Search for term, select the best options, and click "Continue" button. Scroll down to see your results and the search filters.
  • To combine different search terms, scroll to the top and check off the searches you want to combine in the Search History window. Click "AND" button, and click "Search" button. Scroll down to see your results.

Film & Television Literature Index 

  • Coverage: 1913 - current. 

Film Literature Index 

  • Coverage: 1976-2001

Finding a Specific Journal Article (using the citation)

What is a citation?

A citation provides the information you need to track down the source; it may refer to a journal article, a book, an article/chapter in a book, an Internet document, a review, a newspaper article, etc.

A document citation usually includes:

  • the title of the article (chapter, book, etc.)
  • the author of the article
  • the title of the journal in which the article appears (or book in which the chapter appears, etc.)
  • the article’s publication information (volume, issue, date, page numbers)


Find a specific journal article with the citation (UofT Libraries FAQ)

There are a couple of quick options for finding specific articles:

1. Try the search box on the homepage. Enter the title of the article and check the "search by title" box. It should come up in the articles search results panel. This is the quickest option.

screenshot of homepage search box with article title

2. Try the Article FinderFill out the information about the article. You must include one of the following: DOI, PMID, or journal title.

screenshot of article finder page

3. Look up the journal title in the library catalogue to see if we have it online or in print.

Caution icon  Not all journals are available online. If you don't find what you're looking for, search the library catalogue for a print version.  If we don't have the journal at the University of Toronto, you can also request the article through interlibrary loan.