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Film Studies at Paul Robeson Library: Articles

Film Studies at Paul Robeson Library

Finding Articles

A list of indexes for Literature along with descriptions can be found at the Rutgers University Libraries Database Page for Cinema, Film, and Television.

Some of the Libraries print film resources (especially for researching older films) are:         


  • Film Review Index, Vol.1: 1882-1949; Vol.2: 1950-1985 (REF PN1995.F513 1986).
    • Features over 7,000 English language motion pictures; includes foreign films released and reviewed in this country. Arrangement is alphabetical by title of film, with information on the director, year of production, country where produced and a list of reviews of the film.
  • Magill's Survey of Cinema: English Language Films 1st & 2nd series (REF PN1995.M3).
    • A survey of over 1200 movies, from the Jazz Singer to Kramer vs. Kramer. Each entry features a long extended essay with plot summary and critical examination of the contribution of the director, actors, cinematographers, etc.
  • Retrospective Index to Film Periodicals, 1930-1971 (REF Z5784.M9B39).
  • Selected Film Criticism (REF PN1995.S426 1982).
    • Vol. 1 - 5 presents reprints of reviews of American films for the years 1896 to 1950. Vol. 6 - 7 includes reprints of reviews of foreign films for the years 1930 to 1960.
  • See also Scholarly Journals


  • New York Times Index
  • Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature
  • FIAF International Film Archive Database
  • Film Literature Index, 1976-2001
  • Film & Television Literature Index

The scholarly indexes may give you citations to articles as your search result.  A citation is not the complete article but it gives you enough information to locate the article in our library system.   The best indexes to use
for film studies are:

  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Literature Resources Center (includes some full-text resources)
  • Humanities Abstracts
  • America:  History & Life
  • Art Index
  • Sociofile     

Subject Guide

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