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Film & Media Arts

Library Research Guide for the Dodge College of Film & Media Arts.

Find Articles and Reviews

About Peer Review

If your professor asks you to find "scholarly" or "peer reviewed" journal articles, be sure the article you find is from a source that has gone through the peer review process. Many databases offer a search filter to limit to only journals that are scholarly or peer reviewed. You can also check the journal title in the Ulrich's database (linked below) to see if a title is peer reviewed. 

Use Discover! to search across multiple databases with a single search.

Have a citation? Check if we have it!

Say your professor tells you about an article you should read, or you find a citation for an article in a book and you want to read the whole article... what do you do? Follow these steps:

  1. Search the Journal Finder for the title of the journal in which the article appears
  2. Locate a library database that has the full text coverage of the journal in the year your article in published in
  3. Search the database for the full text article you want to read

Try it now in the Journal Finder below:

Journal Finder

Journal Finder

Multidisciplinary Databases

These databases index articles from a variety of subjects and sources. These are good places to start your research:

Use Discover! to search across multiple databases with a single search.

Film & Media Arts Journal Databases 

These databases index articles from journals within the subject of Film & Media Arts. These are useful when looking for articles specifically within your discipline:

AFI Catalog

Use the American Film Institute Catalog to find information on films including titles, running times, cast, crew, directors, subject matter, and more. This is a great resource to start with when learning about a film. It also has partial citation information (breadcrumbs) at the end of each article that can help you find film reviews and other articles written about the film. Use the Journal Finder to see if the library has full text of any reviews mentioned in the bread crumbs.

Use Discover! to Find Film Reviews

Use the following tips to help you find film reviews in Discover!

  1. In the Discover! keyword search box below, type the name of a film in quotation marks (ex. "Gone with the Wind").
  2. You might also try adding the year the film was released and/or the word film (Ex. "Gone with the Wind" film 1939).
  3. Once you have some results, limit your results to the year before through the year after the film was released (ex. 1938-1940). This will limit your results to only items published around the time the film was released.
  4. You may want to limit the source types to newspapers and/or magazines, since these are the types of periodicals that film reviews are usually published in.
  5. Click on the titles to read more about each entry.
  6. If you find an entry that looks like a winner, click the full text .pdf link (if available) or click "Check for Full Text" to cross search other databases for the full text of the review.
Use Discover! to search across multiple databases with a single search.

Searching the Internet

You may want to try searching the web for content related to the film or aspect of film & media arts you are researching. Google scholar is a good place to start looking for articles that may be freely available on the internet. If you do find something you like when searching online and are not able to find it in full text, be sure to check the Leatherby Libraries journal finder for the article. You can also request articles you cannot locate in full text through interlibrary loan.