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FILM CRITICISM AND REVIEWS
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Finding Articles

To find articles, reviews and other resources on specific films and their makers, you will want to consult the library's Film subject page at http://researchwiki.lndlibrary.org/index.php/Film for relevant databases and other resources.

Film Criticism:
  • MLA Bibliography References to sources on literature, language and film. (1963-pres.)
  • Project Muse Full-text journals in literature, performing arts and other topics.
  • JSTOR back issues of journals; some film coverage in film and literature journals.
  • Academic Search Premier: general database that covers a variety of topics including film reviews, mostly for contemporary films
  • Expanded Academic Index: another general database with some film coverage
Film Reviews:
  • New York Times (1999-present) good for contemporary film reviews.
    • Use more search options to limit to citations and abstracts, reviews or specific dates.
  • New York Times (1851-1998) for reviews of works published during this time period.
    • Use more search options to limit to citations and abstracts, reviews or specific dates.
  • Reader's Guide Retrospective (1890-1982)
    • limit to date book was published
Searching the Databases:
  • Formulate a thesis question on which your research will be centered
  • Search a relevant database using keywords or search by subject when appropriate.
  • Use AND to find citations containing both keywords: e.g., (symbolism AND Faulkner)
  • Use OR for related terms to search for citations that contain one term OR the other. e.g., (women or feminine)
  • Always put OR phrases in the same search box and enclose with parentheses
  • Use truncation (often the asterisk*) to retrieve similar words with different endings, e.g., spirit* will retrieve, spirits, spiritual, spirituality, etc.
Finding Full-Text:
Often the databases will provide citations but not the full-text on an article. When you have a citation and need to find the full-text, try the following steps:

  • Use the 'Search For Full Text' button ( ). This link if available in the database to help you find a journal article in another database, in the library catalog, or request it from another library. If 'Search For Full Text' is not available:


  • Search electronic journals ("Find E-Journals" from the library home page or http://www.loyola.edu/library/ejournals_a.htm) to see if a journal is full-text online (search by title of the journal, NOT title of the article).


  • Search the Library Catalog (SHARC) to see if a journal is located in our library.


  • Request an article or book from interlibrary loan (ILL) if not full-text online or in
    the library. (use the Interlibrary Loan form: link is on the library's home page at http://www.loyola.edu/library/REF/dbdirects/VoyagerILL.htm)


  • Finding Books:
    • SHARC: library catalog which has references to books by and about authors.
      • The library catalog is shared by 3 other libraries. Use the request button at the top of the page to request a book from one of these other libraries (24-48 hour turn around).
      • If you can't find a book in the library catalog, you can request it through ILL.

      Reference Books (located on the first floor of the library)
    • The Complete Film Dictionary. PN1993.45.K66 1989
    • Film Encyclopedia. PN1993.45.K34 1998
    • Film Review Annual. PN1995.F465 1981-Present
    • Film directors: a guide to their American films. PN1998 .P24
    • The International Encyclopedia of Film. . PN1993.45 .I5 1972
    • Magill's Survey of Cinema: Foreign Language Films PN1993.45 M34
    • Magill's cinema annual. PN1993.45 .M33
    • The New York Times Film Reviews PN1995 .N4
    • Variety Film Reviews. PN1995.V34 1907-Present
    Useful Websites:

    Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com) - A database of films and television shows with information on credits, production details, plot summaries, and reviews by professionals and readers.

    Yale University Film Studies: (www.library.yale.edu/humanities/film) guide to conducting research in Film Studies at Yale University. It includes information about reference materials, internet sites and other special resources.

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