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Subject Librarian:

Malaika Grant

This subject covers: critical, historical and theoretical study of film.

Article Databases and Indexes

* Premier Resources *

This web portal combines three research databases in the film studies area: FIAF International Film Database Plus (info), AFI Film Catalog (info), and Film Index International (info).

Use to search for films and videos in the Libraries at the University of Minnesota. Simplified interface for searching film and videos in MNCAT, the library catalog.

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

This citation index can be used to find articles that cite a particular article. It covers arts and humanities, including film and television, 1975 - present. Indexes articles from over 1,100 arts and humanities journals published worldwide in all languages (note that many journals are NOT included).

Find academic journal articles on topics in mass media, film, television, marketing, and communications in business, health, and other communication studies.

Use this resource to search for articles from scholarly journals or popular magazines, and from a select number of newspapers. It is comprised of the complete content and functionality of Academic Search Premier, MasterFILE Premier, Business Source Premier, and Regional Business News.

A bibliographical resource offering coverage of hundreds of the world's foremost academic and popular film journals right up to the present day. Many of these key titles are available here in full text including complete runs.

Use this database to find research articles, commentaries and more on film & television issues. List of titles included. Aspects covered include theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, reviews (back to 1914) and more. The database allows full searching of more than 270 publications and selected coverage of 300 more. Articles are available for more than 80 journals and texts from nearly 50 books. If the article you are interested in is not available online, click the Find It-button to see if the article is available in another library database, or to see if the library has the article in print.

Humanities & Social Sciences Retrospective searches the most important journals in these subject areas. Covers 1907-1984.

TC Wilson Library Reference Quarto PN1993 .B37x 1975 Non-Circulating

A print bibliography of magazine articles in English, 1930-1970. Published in 1975.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and legal reference materials.

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
MasterFILE Premier provides full text for more than 2,000 general magazines covering a broad range of disciplines. It includes Magill Book Reviews, reference and travel books, biographies, full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.

Full-page, digital archive of the New York Times from 1851. Search and view images of actual articles, advertising and more.

Global Newsstream enables users to search the most recent global news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring content from newspapers, newswires, and news sites in active full-text format. Provides access to news from the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Australia.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Provides information on American-made films between 1893 and 1972. Unique features: ability to find films by topic; article reference list for a film. Links to library holdings of articles (Find It links). Note: For films made after 1972, use Film Index International which is also available from the University Libraries.

Use to search the film holdings in the University of Minnesota's CLA Language Center in Jones Hall.

Libraries Media Services homepage. Includes search widget used to search for films and videos in the Libraries at the University of Minnesota. Simplified interface for searching film and videos in MNCAT, the library catalog.

Search with the Library Catalog to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

This directory lists information for nearly a quarter-million serial records such as newspapers, popular and trade magazines, and academic and scholarly journals. The listings include active, ceased, and forthcoming publications, and they can be searched by country, subject headings, circulation numbers, and many more options.

Covers all subjects. Provides bibliographic citations of books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films and machine-readable data files published worldwide. Provides holdings information for nearly 30,000 libraries. Producer/Publisher is OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

The BGMI contains biographical entries from more than 1,000 current and retrospective biographical reference sources. This figure translates into some 15 million biographies on nearly 5 million people, living and deceased, from all time periods, geographical locations, and fields of endeavor.

Biographical reference providing information on individuals active in the theatre, film, and television industries. Covers not only performers, directors, writers, and producers, but also behind-the-scenes specialists such as designers, managers, choreographers, technicians, composers, executives, dancers, and critics from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and the world.


Dissertations and Theses

Doctoral dissertations are indexed for almost all North American graduate schools and many European universities. Some dissertations, beginning with 1997 publication dates, are available digitally. Provides bibliographic citations for older titles. Abstracts are included for dissertations since 1980 and for masters theses since 1988. These include the University of Minnesota and other CIC member universities: Masters theses from selected schools only.

Designed to promote access to scholarly research and increase sharing of knowledge, this database provides free online access to thousands of theses and dissertations from all over the world.

Search AMICUS, Canada's national online catalogue, for bibliographic records of all theses in the National Library of Canada theses collection, which was established in 1965.


General Reference Works

Handbooks and Manuals

Internet Resources


From the about-section: hopes to address a diverse assortment of films and give special attention to their historical, formal, and human values. Editor Doug Cummings has a degree in film from the University of Arizona and is a co-founder of Masters of Cinema and

Search Engines

Use to find information on approximately 60,000 Swedish films, including every Swedish feature film made since 1897. Also included are non-Swedish films that have premiered in Sweden, short films, documentary films, and Swedish made-for-TV movies.

Web Sites

This site has information on over 220,000 film titles. Some have reviews or links to reviews. This site can be useful to look for films on a particular topic.

The most comprehensive movie source on the web. Provides information on movies around the world, from earliest times to the latest releases. Includes filmographies , plot summaries, reviews, biograhical data, etc.

The Motion Picture Scripts Database provides a searchable interface to the film script holdings of six Los Angeles-area collections: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Film Institute, the Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Library, the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Southern California, and the Writers Guild Foundation. This database is limited almost exclusively to the screenplays of produced films; that is, films which were actually made. The only exception is the inclusion of a few published scripts of unproduced films.

Valuable link to more than 50,000 movie reviews on the Internet, both bonafide publications' reviews and those from movie newsgroup contributors.

A comprensive site that captures the consensus opinion of critics from across the nation .

Primary Source Materials

Archival Materials

ArchiveGrid is a tool for searching through historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives, libraries, and museums around the world.

The Visual History Archive is the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s digital collection of audiovisual interviews, with 54,000 testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust as well as other genocides including the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi Genocide, the 1937 Nanjing Massacre in China, and also Guatemala (1980s) and Cambodia (1970s).
Note: most testimonies run about two hours, with the exception of Armenian massacre testimony recordings, which are shorter. Developed by the USC Shoah Foundation for Visual History and Education; Presented by the University of Minnesota Libraries and the University of Minnesota Office of Information Technology.

In addition to our subscription access to the full range of testimonies, there is public access to over 1,600 testimonies.

Provides information on archival materials, books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music scores, sound recordings, and films held at 30,000 libraries and archives world-wide.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Free web-based bibliographic citation software developed for Firefox browsers that is useful for organizing your research sources, creating bibliographies and sharing sources with others. Zotero will capture bibliographic information and links to documents found on websites or library databases. See the brief tutorials for Getting Started.

Style Manuals

A selected list of sources available in Wilson Reference Services.

Library Information

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