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CIN472: Local Film Cultures

UTL Databases

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 TypeScholarly Journals or search Magazines and Trade Magazines (industry), Newspapers 
    • Publication Title: Variety,  
    • Document Type (e.g., Reviews - film or books, Feature, Front Page/Cover Story, Article, Literature Review, Interviews, Editorial, Images, 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.

Media Digital History - The Lantern

Media Digital History Library (Lantern)

Reviews in publications from 1850-1996. Lantern is the search platform for the collections of the Media History Digital Library, an open access initiative. The Media History Digital Library (MHDL) digitizes collections of classic media periodicals that belong in the public domain for full public access.


Yearbooks are available at Robarts Library, but they are in journal format and unavailable for borrowing via Curbside Pickup Service. At this time, we recommend utilizing online sources. 

Specific Publications

Cinema-focused Publications produced in Canada

Toronto-Focused Publications / Websites