Subject Guide for Film Studies
Brief Description: Combining the liberal arts tradition of cultural, historical, and formal analysis with investigations of the filmmaking arts.
This guide provides an introduction to some of the resources in Film Studies. Below you will find a list of print, online, and internet resources with descriptions as to the type of information each contains.
Research strategies / resources for film
In searching for information about a particular film, you will need (1) its title, (2) the director's full name and (3) the year it was produced. If the film is foreign, it is useful to have its foreign title.
directories and encyclopedias: selected introductory sources
For film resources in Norlin's Reference Department, browse the PN1993 - PN1999 range. These resources can go from the sublime to the ridiculous but will still have valuable information.
International dictionary of films and filmmakers (four volumes)
REF DEPT STACKS PN1997.8 .I58 1997 LIB USE ONLY
Good for major directors, films, writers and actors. Excellent beginning filmographies and bibliographies.
Biography and Genealogy Master Index
To verify the credentials of reviewers or find biographical resources on individuals of interest.
Chinook > A-Z List > B > Biography and Genealogy Master Index
100 years of American film
REF DEPT STACKS PN1993.5.U6 A59 2000 LIB USE ONLY
Art on screen on CD-ROM
ARTARC REF N367 .A78 1995 LIB USE ONLY
Critical dictionary of film and television theory
REF DEPT STACKS PN1993.45 .C75 2001 LIB USE ONLY
Encyclopedia of Film Themes, Settings and Series
REF DEPT STACKS PN1997.8 .A76 2001 LIB USE ONLY
Encyclopedia of Novels into Film
REF DEPT STACKS PN1997.85 .T54 1998 LIB USE ONLY
Film encyclopedia, 4th ed
REF DEPT STACKS PN1993.45 .K34 2001 LIB USE ONLY
REF DEPT STACKS PN1993.45 .S56 2000 LIB USE ONLY
Films by genre : 775 categories, styles, trends and movements defined
REF DEPT STACKS PN1998 .L63 1993 LIB USE ONLY
Glossary of Film / Video Terms, Kodak
IMDb Film Glossary
International dictionary of broadcasting and film
REF DEPT STACKS PN1990.4 .B64 2000
International film, television and video acronyms
REF DEPT STACKS PN1993.45 .I58 1993 LIB USE ONLY
International motion picture almanac
REF DEPT STACKS PN1993 .I55 latest volume LIB USE ONLY
International television and video almanac
REF DEPT STACKS HE8698 .I55 latest volume LIB USE ONLY
Language of cinema
REF DEPT STACKS PN1993.45 .J23 1998 LIB USE ONLY
Reel Women Pioneers Of The Cinema 1896 To The Present
REF DEPT STACKS PN1998.2 .A24 1991 LIB USE ONLY
Variety Power Players 2000 : movers and shakers, power brokers and career makers in Hollywood
REF DEPT STACKS PN1998.2 .V35 1999 LIB USE ONLY
Women's companion to international film
REF DEPT STACKS PN1993.45 .W6 1994 LIB USE ONLY
B. To see if the Libraries has a media copy of a film do a title search in Chinook.
C. Searching in Chinook using the following terms may also be useful.
Abstracts and Indexes
The following are indexes to journals with film articles, reviews and news. Please remember, to find out if the Libraries own a specific journal, use Chinook and do a periodical title search.
Full film reviews
Film Review Annual
1981 - present (1999 latest published)
REF INDEX PN1995 .F4593
New York Times Film Reviews
1913 - present (1999/2000 latest published)
REF INDEX PN 1995 N4
Variety Film Review
1907 - 1995/1996. The bound annual set concludes with this date, but we still receive the weekly and keep back issues on microfilm in the Media Library.
REF INDEX PN1995 .V34
Use Index to motion pictures reviewed by Variety, 1907-1980, by Max Joseph Alvarez. It is shelved by the Variety Film Review.
Printed indexes to reviews or articles on film
Film Review Index
v.1 1882 - 1949; v.2 1950 - 1985. Edited by Patricia King Hanson and Stephen Hanson.
REF INDEX PN1995 .F4594
Film Literature Index
1970- present. (2001, pt. 2 latest published)
REF DEPT INDEX PN1993 .F634 LIB USE ONLY
The major index for articles or reviews of films found in film journals and periodicals.
Selected online indexes related to film
The most comprehensive index to academic articles, news and reviews on film is The Film Literature Index (see above).
In addition the following databases, available via Chinook, are generally arranged in order of usefulness. Under e-Resources, click on the A-Z List to locate the following.
Critical articles / reviews
CU Humanities Abstracts (WilsonWeb)
This database provides references for periodical information in the humanities subject area. Coverage: February 1984-present.
CU Expanded Academic ASAP (InfoTrac)
Expanded Academic Index includes abstracts, references, and full text articles from more than 1,500 scholarly, trade and general-interest publications. Coverage: 1980 - present.
CU A&H Search (Arts and Humanities Citation Search)
Indexes articles, bibliographies, editorials, letters, reviews, and more from the world's leading arts and humanities journals. Coverage: 1980 to present.
Articles from journals in all fields. Coverage: 1990 - present
Chinook > A-Z List > A > ArticleFirst
CU MLA Directory of Periodicals (EBSCOhost)
MLA International Bibliography is produced by the Modern Language Association. Index to articles in literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from several thousand journals and series published worldwide. Coverage: 1963-present.
CU RILM Music Abstracts (OCLC FirstSearch)
Articles, books, bibliographies, catalogues, conference proceedings, discographies, dissertations, ethnographic recordings. Festschriften, films, iconographies, and videos are all covered by RILM. Coverage: 1969 to present.
Popular reviews and news items
CU Readers' Guide FullText (WilsonWeb)
1983 - present
Reviews and articles in popular magazines.
Chinook > A-Z List > R > ReadGuideAbs > limit by Form Review
CU Readers' Guide Retrospective (WilsonWeb)
1963 - 1982
Same as above but for years listed
Chinook > A-Z List > R > Readers' Guide Retrospective > limit by Form Review
CU LexisNexis Academic
Late 1970(selective) - present
Full-text newspaper articles. For fullest coverage, choose guided search.
Chinook > A-Z List > L > Lexis-Nexus Academic
It is recommended that you seek information from nationally recognized sources. These are selected sites providing access to information. Citing electronic information correctly is very important in research.
Voice of the Shuttle
A major academic resource for links to relevant websites. From the left-hand column, select Media studies, then Film/video. Using the search engine accesses other interesting areas.
Academic Info Film Studies
"An annotated directory of internet resources. The primary focus of this page is the critical study and appreciation of cinema in all its forms and functions."
"A nonprofit organization of professionals in the entertainment industry whose purpose is to support the advancement of women and their career goals in a noncompetitive environment."
Links to major, minor and independent filmmakers
"The internet's largest film and media directory." Includes popular, directory, and academic resources for all media forms.
"A librarian's choice of the best of the web." Useful notes on many of the numerous links listed.
Internet Movie Database -- IMDb
A commercial site crowded with advertisements, good for basic information on films to the present day.
Movie Review Query Engine
An excellent website with over 28,000 titles and over 250,000 reviews.
Though from the University of Alabama, this site's "... primary purpose is to facilitate the study of film/tv as opposed to some websites that take more of a fan's approach." Has a national approach.
U.S. National Film Registry
A directory of films Selected to The National Film Registry, Library of Congress
Women Make Movies
"Multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women."
Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences
American Film Association
Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers
"Established by a group of independent filmmakers to offer support and resources to independent artists."
British Film Institute
Canadian Film Institute
Women in Film
"An organization to help women in the industry. Presents two awards, the Crystal and the Lucy."
Do a search in Chinook: word search: "motion pictures" and "periodicals". Also try "cinematography" and "periodicals".
The Libraries has over 200 serials related to film. The following are available in online format:
For comments or suggestions, please contact Skip.Hamilton@colorado.edu.
Compiled by John Dziadecki and Skip Hamilton 11/02. Rev 1/03, 9/03.