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CIN230: The Business of Film

Databases containing different types of articles

ABI/INFORM Collection (ProQuest)

A great starting place for business research, this database covers business conditions, trends, management techniques, corporate strategies, and industry-specific topics worldwide. Includes: scholarly and trade journal articles, dissertations, market reports, industry reports, business cases and global and trade news. 

Business Source Premier (EBSCO)

Full text and citations of business journals, including accounting, economics, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and international business including Trade Publications, Magazines, Academic Journals, Newspapers, Product Reviews,  Industry Profiles, Market Research Reports, SWOT Analyses, Books , Country Reports. 

ProQuest Platform (all databases) 

ProQuest is a platform containing 116 databases. ProQuest contains publications (i.e., newspapers, magazines, industry / trade publications, scholarly journals and book titles) in different subjects areas including film. Remember you might find content in a non-film related resource from your time period - i.e., newspapers, business or tech magazines

  • Enter search terms on separate lines e.g., enter title of film on the top line, director's last name below, so as to articulate your search request. Use Boolean Operators to improve your search:
    • AND (narrows your search e.g., Paramount and distribution)
    • OR (widens your search e.g., film or movies or cinema, MGM or Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, “box office” or box-office)
    • Quotations marks (search for specific phrases, e.g., "Star Wars", "PRODUCER NAME", "studio system")
  • Sort your results (relevance, date) 
    • Sort by Date: It may be useful to arrange the results chronologically (oldest first) in order to follow the entire production process of a particular film, from gossip about potential stars to reviews and box-office grosses.
  • Narrow your search results using filters on left sidebar
    • Source Type (e.g., Newspapers, Trade Magazines, Scholarly Journals)
    • Publication Title (e.g., New York Times, Variety)
    • Document Type (e.g., Feature, Front Page/Cover Story, Article, Interviews or try excluding advertisements)


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