Resources by Subject Film Criticism

Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)
Locating Movie Reviews
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

Reference Sources (Background)

The following list gives some representative reference titles relating to film criticism and is not exhaustive.

The Complete Film Dictionary (1997)
Ref PN 1993.45 K66 1997
A dictionary of film terms, processes, innovations, and movements. This guide focuses more attention on the technical side in the evolution of filmmaking.

Credo Reference (current, full text)
Over 500 reference books and sets from several publishers covering all subject areas.

International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers (1997, 4 volumes)
Ref PN 1997.8 .I58 1997
Volumes on Films; Directors; Actors & Actresses; and Writers, Producers, & Artists. This series provides long essays with bibliographies for each of its subjects.

Magill's Survey of Cinema (1980-1981, 10 volumes)
Ref PN 1993.45 .M3
Arranged by title with summaries and signed critical essays about English-language films.

The Official Academy Awards Database (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)
Searchable database of Oscar winners and nominees. Also includes browseable lists, such as "Persons Nominated in Two Acting Categories in the Same Year" and "Films Receiving 10 or More Nominations."

VideoHound's World Cinema (1999)
Ref PN 1995.9 .F67 W56 1999
A guide to movies (on video) from international studios.

Locating Books

In the Library of Congress Classification, books about film may be in one of two places:

PN 1993-1999 Motion Pictures
TR 845-899 Cinematography (Technology)

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)

OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.

FIAF: The International Index to Film Periodicals Plus (some full-text; dates vary)
Includes 5 components: Index to Film Periodicals, an index to academic and popular periodicals with full-text of 50+ publications; Treasures from the Film Archives, a database of credits and holdings information for 48,000+ silent-era films; Documentation Collections, a database with comprehensive information about the world's foremost film archives, libraries, and educational institutions; FIAF Affiliates' Publications, an index to books, pamphlets, programmes, and other materials published by FIAF; and Reference Works, full-text articles from 5 key reference works.

Film Literature Index (1976-2001, citation only)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources relating to film and television.

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

MLA International Bibliography (1925 to present, citation only)
The premier database for literature research, it also covers the subjects of linguistics, folklore, and dramatic arts (including film). Provides a comprehensive international listing of books, articles, and dissertations.

LexisNexis Academic (dates vary by publication, full text)
Provides full-text articles from a diverse group of news sources, including national, international, and local newspapers. Useful for locating movie reviews and features.

JSTOR (dates vary by journal, full text)
An archive of over 400 journals in many disciplines.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.

Locating Movie Reviews

Film Review Index (1985, 2 volumes)
Ref PN 1995 .F55 1986
Index to journal and magazine articles from 1882-1985 dealing with films and the film industry.

Movie Review Query Engine
Commercial search engine for locating reviews from diverse sources; it covers classic and contemporary American and international films.

New York Times Film Reviews (1913-1982, 13 volumes)
Ref PN 1995 .N4
Compilation of movie reviews printed in The New York Times. Useful for reviews of older movies. For the paper's reviews from 1980 to present, use LexisNexis Academic.


Internet Movie Database
The encyclopedic database includes information about contemporary and classic American and international films, videos, and television shows. Entries for titles and people include credit information, summaries, awards, release information, and some professional reviews.

CineFiles (Berkeley)
Database of ephemera held by the Pacific Film Archive. Search for specific films or documents, and view the digitized portion of the collection.

Europa Film Treasures
Search for and watch films (most pre-1940s) that depict aspects of Europe’s heritage and history. Each film has background information and subtitles.
Covers all aspects of film sound, including glossaries, articles on particular movies and genres, links to additional resources and more.

Native Networks (National Museum of the American Indian)
Portal to resources on Native media, including video, radio, tv, etc. Includes interview with practitioners and information on films screened by the museum's Film and Video Center.

Origins of American Animation (Library of Congress)
Watch and find information on 21 films and 2 fragments created 1900–1921.

Reel Classics
Focuses on classic movies. Pages for movies and actors include posters, photos, and even multimedia clips. There are also links to articles about classic movies and other features.

Silent Era
Information on films and people of the silent era (1888–1929), including lost films, actors, restoration specialists, and production companies.

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Is it POPULAR or is it SCHOLARLY? (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

Citing Full-Text from Library Databases (R-MC)

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles.


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