Research Guides: Film & Film Criticism

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  • Multidisciplinary
  • Scholarly Journals, Magazines, Newspapers, Trade Journals, Book Reviews, Images,
  • Many full-text articles; some articles have citation and abstract information only
  • EBSCOHost search interface

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  • Communications, Mass Media
  • Scholarly Journals, Encyclopedias, Handbooks
  • Some full-text; some articles have citation and abstract information only
  • EBSCOHost search interface

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  • Literature
  • Literary Criticism, Scholarly Journals, Biographies, Magazines, Encyclopedias, Book Reviews
  • All full-text
  • Publications include Contemporary Authors Online, Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, Dictionary of Literary Biography Online, and many more

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  • Multidisciplinary
  • Scholarly Journals, Newspapers, Magazines, Reports, Trade Journals E-Books, Conference Papers, Dissertations & Theses, Government Publications
  • Many full-text articles; some articles have citation information only
  • ProQuest search interface


Contemporary Theatre, Film & Television
Print Location: PN2012 .W51
Reference Collection
Encyclopedia of Film Themes, Settings & Series
Print Location: PN1997.8 .A76 2001
Reference Collection
Encyclopedia of Novels into Film
Print Location: PN1997.85 .T54 1998
Reference Collection
Film Encyclopedia
Print Location: PN1993.45 .K34 1998
Reference Collection
Film: An International History of the Medium
Print Location: PN1993.5 .A1 S55
Reference Collection
History of the American Cinema
Print Location: PN1993.5 .U6 H55
Reference Collection
10 vols.
Magill's Survey of Cinema (English Lang.-1st Series)
Print Location: PN1993.45.M3
Reference Collection
4 vols.
Magill's Survey of Cinema (English Lang.-2ndSeries)
Print Location: PN1993.45.M32
Reference Collection
6 vols.
Magill's Survey of Cinema (Silent Films)
Print Location: PN1995.75 .M33
Reference Collection
3 vols.
Oxford History of World Cinema
Print Location: PN1993.5 .A1 O96 1996
Reference Collection


International Dictionary of Film and Filmmakers
Print Location: PN1997.8 .I58
Reference Collection
5 vols.
Oxford Companion to Film
Print Location: PN1993.45 O9
Reference Collection


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
American Film Institute Resource contains images Resource contains video
Source: American Film Institute
Internet's largest film and media directory. Links to actors, TV, cinema, video, organizations, production, research.
British Council Film
Source: Source: The British Council
Access to the British Film Catalog provides information on recent features, shorts, and documentaries. Also information on international film festivals.
Classic Movies
Links to genre films, cult films and history of film.
Film Noir
Source: Tim Dirks
Explores the "film noir" style of film making, including details about specific films.
Greatest Films
Source: Tim Dirks,
A site concentrating on classic Hollywood/American film. Includes commentary, historical background, reference materials, reviews and extensive information about film genres.
Images: A Journal of Film and Popular Culture
Source: Gary Johnson
A quarterly electronic journal about movies, TV, videos, and other popular visual arts. Includes current and past films.
IMDb -- Internet Movie Database
Source: IMDb is part of the companies
An international organization aiming to provide useful information on movies from around the world from the earliest cinema to the latest releases and including movies in production. Includes filmographies, plot summaries, character names, movie ratings, technical data, reviews, and box office grosses.
Metacritic Film
Source: Metacritic, Inc.
Reviews movies based on a survey of critics nationwide. Emphasizes movies since 1999, but has scores for some older releases. Resource contains video
Movies that are in the public domain are available for free from this site. Viewing requires RealPlayer. 28 categories of film are available.
MRQE: Movie Review Query Engine
Source: Stewart M. Clamen
Wonderful site for finding movie reviews. It includes more than 37,000 titles.
Top 100 American Films of the 20th Century
Source: American Film Institute
Information about the top 100 films as well as the 100 funniest and the 100 top box office hits.
Voice of the Shuttle: Media Studies Page
Source: Alan Liu, Professor of English, University of California, Santa Barbara
Select Film/Video to link to a rich selection of resources in this area.

Almanacs & Yearbooks

Film Review Annual
Print Location: PN1995 .F465
Reference Collection
Magill's Cinema Annual
Print Location: PN1993.45 .M33
Reference Collection
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever
Print Location: PN1992.95 .V554
Reference Collection
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  • PN1993-1999 -- Motion picture
  • PN1997-1997.85 -- Plays, scenarios, etc.
  • PN2000-3307 -- Dramatic representation. The theater
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