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CIN213: Cinema and Sensation II: Sex

Tips for Building your Search

Choosing your Search Terms

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:

  • Quotations marks (search for specific phrases or names)

    • "suburban life", "Sam Mendes""American Beauty"

  • AND (narrows your search)

    • sex AND "motion pictures"

    • porn AND distribution

  • OR (widens your search)

    • film OR movies OR cinema

    • media OR "mass media"

    • "pseudo-events" OR "pseudo events"

    • MGM OR "Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer"

  • The Asterisk  (widens your search by telling the database to seek the root word with any type of ending)

    • femin* = feminine, feminist, feminists, feminist's, feminism

Resources for Sexual Diversity Studies

Article Databases

Key Journals in Sexual Diversity Studies

ProQuest Database


ProQuest is a platform containing over 100 databases. ProQuest contains publications (i.e., newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, eBook titles, dissertation and theses) 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).


1) Use the Advanced Search Tool  

screen shot of ProQuest Advance Search box


2) Sort your Results 

  • 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.


3) Using ProQuest Search Filters

  • Narrow your search results using filters on left sidebar:
    • Source Type (e.g., Scholarly Journals, Newspapers, Magazines, Trade Magazines)
    • Publication Title (e.g., Cinema Journal, New York Times, Variety)
    • Document Type (e.g., Reviews - film or books, Feature, Front Page/Cover Story, Article, Literature Review, Interviews, Editorial, or try excluding advertisements)


4) Mark relevant records

If you find interesting articles, be sure to . 

  • Go to the results page and click the check box to the left of the article title  
  • When you are ready to email the articles to yourself, scroll to the top of the results list and click on Email link (on right side)
  • Email the marked records to yourself 

Another option is to create a free ProQuest MyResearch account.

Search other Databases & set up Google Scholar

a) Google Scholar 

b) Other Popular Databases

The platforms hold collections of eBooks and scholarly journals (in some cases magazines, trade/industry journals and other materials are available). 

c) Databases by Subject A-Z